3 Ways To Reuse Your Matcha Tin

January 15, 2017

3 Ways To Reuse Your Matcha Tin

If you’ve been a matcha drinker for several months or more, chances are, you’ve started to amass a small collection of tea tins and you may be wondering what to do with them. Using ordinary materials you already have in your home, we’ve put together a quick and easy way to extend the shelf life of your matcha tin.

Using those left over bits of wrapping paper, fabric, ribbon or excess magazines you love to collect (like we do!), we’ll show you 3 ways to refresh & reuse your matcha tea container.

You’ll be amazed at how easy these are to make in about 15-20 minutes.

Not only will you enjoy adding a bit of creativity to your day, reusing your matcha tin is an easy way to generate less waste, lower costs and minimize your impact on the environment. And you don’t have to be a craft aficionado or eco-warrior to do it. Let’s get started!

3 Clever Ways to Reuse Your Matcha Tea Tin


Straight Edge (Ruler or hard cover book)

Sharp blade (Rotary cutter, Xacto knife, or scissors)

Measuring Tape

Adhesive (tape or glue)




Matcha tin (rinsed with soap and water, with label removed)

Paper, ribbon, lace, old magazines, etc…



How To


  1. First, using your measuring tap, measure around your tin and add ¼” overlap for adhesive.


  1. Next, measure the height of the tin just below where it starts to curve at the top and bottom
  1. Choose your wrapping material. It could be left over wrapping paper, ribbon, or even cutouts from junk mail & magazines. As long as it has an interesting pattern and color palette, it will look good as only a little bit of is visible at any given time.
  1. Using your straight edge and blade, trim your wrapping material to size.

 Straight Edge

  1. If you have double sided tape, place a piece along the seam of the tin and press down one edge of your wrapping paper. Wrap the paper around the tin and press down on the other edge.


  1. If you’re using regular tape, or glue, simply hold the paper in place along the seam, wrap it around the tin and secure the other edge with a dot of glue or a piece of clear tape.


Design Ideas


Travel Tea Tin

Forget spending $10 or more on a small tin to carry your tea to work, the gym or a weekend getaway. Your beautifully wrapped matcha tin is food safe, airtight and will keep your leaves fresh on the go.

 Tea Tin


Pen Holder

For some reason, we always end up with more pens than we started with and we never know where to find them. Now you can organize your pens by category, color, or any way you choose with your redesigned matcha tin. Swap out the wrap seasonally to match your decor. 

 Pen Holder


Succulent Container

What is it about cacti and succulent that makes us want to swoon? While your matcha tin doesn’t have proper drainage for long-term use, these darling containers are perfect for styling your party table. Best part? You can change out the color and pattern to match any theme.



If reuse isn’t your cup of tea and you have a curbside recycling program, it’s highly likely you can simply toss your tin in the bin along with your soup cans and pet food containers. Recycling saves over 75% of the energy required to produce new cans from raw materials. Most Japanese matcha tea tins are made from steel, making them 100% recyclable. Putting your matcha tin in the recycling bin is an easy way to conserve natural resources, keep costs down and minimize the waste that hits our landfills. Who doesn’t love that?


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