Repurposed Baking Pans Gift Box

I think I may be just a little obsessed with vintage bakeware…. ummm… a little obsessed?!!! lol.

Ok, I guess I’m a lot obsessed.

repurposed baking pans gift package

I can’t seem to not buy pieces when I see them in the thrift stores. It’s especially problematic because they’re usually priced so well around here… like 50 cents to $1 a piece. How can I resist? Well, I most often can’t.

I don’t even bake that much, but I have this unexplainable attraction to these things… especially if they have a lovely aged patina like these two vintage baking pans.

I keep thinking I’m going to repurpose or upcycle all this amazing bakeware, and now I have my chance to do just that with some of it in the December Junk Revision Challenge, which is repurposed gift wrap/container ideas.

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I have to thank Lucy from Patina Paradise for inviting me to join the group. I’m very excited about it because among the many things I love to do repurposing is really the most fun for me.

I’m really looking forward to taking part in future monthly challenges, and seeing what everyone else comes up with too. I’m thrilled to be a part of this creative group of bloggers.

Repurposed Baking Pans Gift Box

repurposed baking pans gift package

Its’ very easy to tell that these vintage GSW pans have been baked in many, many times. Check out that patina! In my world a great patina is what separates good junk from bad junk.

Wait a second… is there such a thing as bad patina? I’m not so sure about that. Maybe great patina is in the eye of the beholder… and I’m beholding some great patina here.

Anyway these pans are definitely good junk, and while they’re not identical pans they’re pretty identical in size… and that makes them perfect for a gift box.

repurosed baking pans gift package

The first thing I had to do was figure out how to make these pans into a box without damaging the pans in any way.

Some things I’ll mess with and some things I won’t, and I always follow my gut instinct on this call.

I went into our stash of tapes and found this metal duct tape. It’s the real stuff that’s used around duct work. It’s shiny and awesome, and can be used in so many ways.

repurposed baking pans gift package

I put the pans down side by side and simply taped two sides together.

repurposed baking pans gift package

This acts like a hinge, and the best thing is that to return these pans to their original purpose after the gift has been opened all one has to do is remove that one strip of metal tape. Easy peasy.

repurosed baking pans gift package

Here’s my baking pan box closed.

And now I have to fill it with something of course… and with what else but vintage baking goodies.

repurosed baking pans gift package

I went into my bakeware stashes and found some Christmas themed vintage cookie cutters, some vintage tart cups in three different sizes, a set of measuring spoons, and a set of Foley measuring cups.

repurosed baking pans gift package

I wrapped them all in a festive red tea towel,

repurosed baking pans gift package

and added two Christmas themed hot pads.

repurosed baking pans gift package

In my eyes these pans are patina perfect, but I did want to pretty the box up a bit so I wrapped it in a wide piece of lace ribbon. I just taped the lace down on the bottom.

repurosed baking pans gift package

Then I wrapped and tied it with a tartan Christmas Ribbon, making sure it was tight so the box holds together well.

repurosed baking pans gift package

Then I wrapped some jute twine around the box and tied a Williams-Sonoma glass snowman chef ornament that I just thrifted this week. I love the little baker’s hat.

Then all it needed was a Christmas pick, which I glued onto the ribbon with my glue gun.

repurosed baking pans gift package

Everything used in this repurposed baking pans project was thrifted, except the jute twine, so it didn’t actually cost that much to put together.

repurposed baking pans gift package

I think it’s a perfect gift for that special baker friend or family member who loves vintage bakeware just as much as they love baking. Do you know someone like that?

Or someone who loves vintage bakeware just as much as they love eating someone else’s baking. lol. Do you know someone like that? Well, you know me…  so I guess you do. 🙂

Be sure to check out all the links below for some fun and fabulous repurposed gift wrapping/container ideas.

Thanks so much for reading, and until next time… keep on keepin’ on.


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  1. Oh my goodness Tuula, this is so awesome and I love how you co-ordinated everything for someone who loves to bake! I to have a weakness for vintage cookware… actually anything vintage with patina. lol What a creative and sweet idea! So glad to have you join our little group of junk loving repurposers! ;o)

    1. Thanks so much Lucy! This was such a fun challenge, and I’m already looking forward to next month’s.

  2. Oh. My. WORD! I am in LOVE! This is so adorable and it’s not just the box it’s the whole entire gift, wrap, and embellishment! I am so going to have to do this!

    1. Thanks Jill! It was a lot of fun to put together.

  3. Gail @Purple Hues and Me says:

    This is so cool, a great idea and it looks beautiful, too! Love the metal duct tape!

    1. Thanks Gail! Metal duct tape is really cool. I’m going to try to find more ways to craft with it.

  4. I like the old muffin pans and can’t resist them I just recently bought 2 pans for $1 each at a thrift store where it dark and dingy but have great old items like yours.
    What a great idea you put together there . I would gladly like that for a gift any time of the year,

    1. Thanks Janice! Sometimes I find the best stuff in the dark and dingy thrift stores.

  5. Very creative! That is an instant collection of great vintage kitchen items to use or display for a lucky baker!

    1. Thanks AnnMarie! I wish I was more of a baker myself. Maybe someday, but for now I’ll have to settle for just loving vintage bakeware and baked goods… like delicious brownies… that were maybe made in these pans. Now I’m making myself hungry. lol.

  6. Absolutely amazing! What a fabulous idea! You win the Most Creative Person of the Year award! And I was thinking, our church is having a lot of weddings coming up. Wouldn’t this be a great idea using new pans? You’ve inspired me! Dona

    1. Thanks so much Dona! I was so focused on Christmas I didn’t even think about using this as a wedding gift, and new pans would be awesome for someone who’s not into vintage. What a fabulous idea!

  7. OMG Tuula this is pure genius!!! What a wonderful gift that would be to give or receive. I am pinning this one. It would even be a great idea for a shower gift for a new bride. Thanks for sharing. Have a great weekend.

    1. Thanks Karen! A shower gift is another great idea. I didn’t even think of that. Thanks for pinning.

  8. Kris@Junkchiccottage says:

    Tuula this is over the top awesome. Love love love this. Another beautiful re love gift. I agree with Feral this would make for a perfect wedding gift or shower gift. Super cute and clever! Happy Friday. Have a great weekend.

    1. Thanks Kris! I had such a blast going through my stashes. One of these days I’m going to expand my baking horizons, and try more than chocolate chip cookies and blueberry muffins. lol.

  9. Prairie Kari says:

    Aren’t you crafty with the foil duct tape what a great idea for making a box! I love all your old bake ware and cookie cutters – I have been sharing your picture of these with my mom reminiscing about all the Christmases we made cookies and getting to eat the burned or cracked ones unsuitable for decorating. Decorating was always a family fun event too adding sprinkles and those little silver candy balls – so many great memories in those cookie cutters! I have a wicked sweet tooth so remember all the goodies that came out of those old square bake pans too – nanaimo bars, peanut butter marshmallow squares… I could go on forever. Thanks for the Christmas memories – I would sure love one of these gift boxes/ memory capsules lol! ~ Kari

  10. Aw, aren’t you sweet Kari! I love that my project brought back such lovely memories for you and your mom. Sounds like you had a lot of great baking times. 🙂

  11. Oh my goodness this is just too adorable. I think I gasped when I saw it – such a great creative idea – love that it can be used with the vintage and new pans for many different occassions. Now I will be looking a bakeware in a whole new light. Thanks for joining us – I can’t wait to see what you create in the future.

    1. Thank you so much Cathy! It was really fun to put together, and I’m looking forward to the new challenges.

  12. Oh my goodness, this is sooo creative. That metal tape couldn’t be more perfect. And all your little vintage baubles only add to the feel. Love it and pinned!!

    1. Thanks Amy! I just love repurposing bakeware. Since I don’t bake that much I have to do something with my collection. lol.

  13. mary scott says:

    I would love to receive that gift! So cute you had the chef ornament to add. I own many old pans – can’t resist the Ecko/Ovenex ones like the 1 on top. thanks

    1. Thanks so much Mary! That’s chef ornament was such a lucky find, and perfectly in time for this package.

    1. Thanks Cecilia! I know you know how much fun repurposing can be. I had a blast putting this together.

  14. Adorable Tuula! I’ve said it before: you are SO creative. Just love this vintage baking pan Christmas container and all of the goodies you loaded it up with. Thanks for sharing it at Vintage Charm!

    1. Thanks Diana! I just love working with vintage bakeware. Maybe someday I’ll learn to back with it too. lol.

  15. This has to be the best repurposed gift wrapping idea I’ve ever seen! LOVE it! Thanks, Tuula for sharing at Vintage Inspiration Party. I’m going to share on my FB page this morning too.

    1. Thanks so much Betsy! I really appreciate the FB share.

  16. That is such a great idea for a box!! The duct tape hinge is awesome 🙂

    1. Thank you so much! That metal duct tape has become one of my favourite things. I can think of so many ways to use it.

  17. That has to be the cleverest thing I’ve seen this season!

    1. Thanks so much Bliss! It helps to have an unhealthy addiction to vintage bakeware. I had to find something to do with it all. lol. I could put together many many gifts boxes just like this.

  18. this is clever and adorable! and I love the rust. Thanks for sharing and Merry Christmas!

    1. Thanks Tamara! I love the rust too. Merry Christmas to you too!