Upcycled Coffee / Tea Gift Boxes from the Thrift Store

Upcycled Coffee / Tea Gift Boxes from the Thrift Store

A new month means a new upcycled project for The Good Life Blog! If you’ll recall, I was asked to be a part of this fun group of thrifty bloggers, brought together by Goodwill Industries of the Upstate/Midlands South Carolina.

September usually marks the start of “Pumpkin-Flavored-Everything” Season… and for me, that means scrumptious flavored coffee! I guess chilly weather and hot beverages were on my mind the last time I was in my local Goodwill store because while I was in the kitchen section, I found these two cute wooden bins!

Vintage wooden coffee and tea canisters bins boxes at the thrift store for repurposing by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

I can DEFINITELY do something with these…

I *love* wooden anything from Goodwill- it means I can paint it and really personalize it to my taste. And here’s a funny side story- after I posted a picture of these, a friend of mine sent me a message because she had been the one to donate them in the first place! Isn’t that too funny? I suppose that’s what happens when you’re friends with other local makers/thrifters/crafters/lovers of vintage! This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.

Anyway, back to the project. A crafty gift idea started to bloom in my mind, and since the bins were labeled coffee and tea, I did a quick pass by the shelf holding all the coffee mugs. There is always such a great selection of mugs, and I found two perfect mugs right away- one for each bin.

Thrift store coffee mugs for repurposing and upcycling DIY craft projects and gifts by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

A run (or two) through a hot dishwasher, and these will be as good as new.

From Thrift…

After wiping down the wooden box/bins, I set out to paint them using a creamy off-white color.

Using Amy Howard Home chalk paint on vintage wooden coffee and tea canisters bins boxes from the thrift store by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Time to give these a fresh new look!

When the paint was dry and I was satisfied with the coverage, I distressed the bins just a little bit here and there, to give them a shabby chic/vintage look. I simply used a piece of fine-grain sandpaper that we had in the garage, and spent a little extra time on the front where the word carvings were. After I was satisfied with the distressing job, I applied some clear wax on them– inside and out- and buffed them to a satin-y smooth finish.

Using Amy Howard Home chalk paint on vintage wooden coffee and tea canisters bins boxes from the thrift store by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

There! Very farmhouse-y now…

Now it was time to assemble everything! I had decided to turn these into gift boxes, complete with a cute mug and coffee/tea from the grocery store. How great is that? The perfect thank-you gift for a co-worker…or a perk-‘em-up gift for a college student…or a gift for a tired mom who looks forward to stealing a few moments with a mug of joe or tea.

Creating DIY coffee and tea gift boxes with thrift store mugs and repurposed vintage wooden canisters or bins by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

My fun mug selections…

Creating DIY coffee and tea gift boxes with thrift store mugs and repurposed vintage wooden canisters or bins by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

The mugs are in there, I promise!

To Gift..!

I put coffee K-cups in the coffee box and packets of tea in the tea box (of course!) along with a freshly-cleaned mug in each one. And for a finishing touch, I wrapped them in clear cellophane and tied them with pretty ribbon. Ta-da!

How to create a DIY gift box with a repurposed vintage wooden coffee or tea canister bin and a thrift store mug by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Easy, thrifty gift boxes!

I love that thrifting can be used for gifts as much as it can be done for yourself. I’m fairly certain that no one would have guessed that these were inspired by and created from items found at Goodwill- but my wallet sure knows.

And if you’re interested in more upcycled Fall / Autumn projects, please check out my full collection here!

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How to make an upcycled coffee gift box or tea gift box using a repurposed canister from the thrift store, a thrifted mug, and coffee or tea- the perfect gift for a coffee lover or tea lover by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com


  1. Love them! They look fantastic, Sadie, and you’re absolutely right–you’d never know they came from Goodwill. They are very professional looking–

  2. I love what you did with those boxes, Sarah!

  3. well, aren’t you just so clever & talented! LOVE it! 🙂

  4. Such a cute idea!!

  5. chris aka monkey says

    love this sarah pinned xx

  6. Fabulous upcycle of basically throwaways…. You prove one man’s trash is another’s treasure. Thanks

  7. Found your blog on A Tray of Bliss and fell in love with your thrifty GW makeover.

  8. Wow! What a great idea! I love being thrifty and I love that no one would know that these came from goodwill!

  9. What a great idea & thoughtful gift! I am always looking for new gift ideas for co-workers, etc. Thank you so much for sharing at Friday Favorites! Have a great weekend!

  10. Coming from Best of the Weekend… What a super cute and sweet idea! I’ll have to keep my eye out for canisters to do something like this with! Thanks for sharing! ~Rhonda

  11. PS… Now following you! 🙂

  12. I love thrift store shopping. I’ve stocked my cupboards with great dishes, my closet with great clothes for little to nothing, and my vintage camper with vintage goods that are far too expensive when you go looking for them in an antique store 🙂 I love your coffee and tea boxes. Isn’t repurposing so much fun 🙂 Found your link at Ms. Toody Goo Shoes Best of the Weekend!

  13. I love these! What a great goodwill find!

  14. Super cute! I would love to receive that as a gift!

  15. I cannot believe what you create out of other peoples cast-offs Sarah! You never cease to amaze me. Thanks for sharing this at Five Star Frugal this week. Love, Mimi xxx

  16. Hi Sarah,
    Wow you did a great job painting the bins a pretty white color and I love that you added the mugs and tea coffee. How creative of you.
    Thanks for sharing this at Cooking and Crafting with J & J.
    We love having you and enjoy the week.
    Julie xo

  17. promisinglypennywise says

    What a great idea! One of my favorite gifts was a set of miscellaneous tea cups and saucers that my sister picked out from several thrift shops. Something like this would go great to compliment a gift like that. They look amazing.

  18. OMG these are such cute gifts!

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  19. Popping over from Totally Terrific Tuesday =) super cute idea. I may have to hit up a thrift store and see what I can make. My mom has that cork tree placemat that was on the shelf below your bins at the thrift store. Come share your crafts, DIY’s, recipes & up-cycles at #2usestuesday (Mon PM to Fri PM) & your pinnable images at #Pinbellish (Fri AM to Tues AM) over at Sarah Celebrates if you don’t already!

  20. You have a gift, Sarah!

    When I walk through the aisles at Goodwill, I don’t envision what you did! Great job on the transformations!

    Found your post today on Grandma Ideas. I pinned you here: https://www.pinterest.com/melredd/blog-link-parties-and-blog-link-ups/

    Hope you have a blessed day~

  21. This is so awesome! I just went by my local thrift store yesterday and picked up some goodies! I was super inspired but all of the awesome things I saw!

  22. What a great gift! Love what you have done! Thanks for sharing at Inspiration Thursday!

  23. Jann Olson says

    I love the wooden boxes with the white paint! Thrift shops are great places to find fun containers for gift baskets or boxes. Last year I started a tradition with my grands. I give them each a ‘thrift gift’. They loved it and had a hard time guessing which one was from the thrift shop. The adults loved it so much that I am going to give them a thrift gift this year as well. I’ve had all year to find that special gift for each. Can’t wait to give them to them this Christmas! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  24. Hi, Sarah ~ I love wooden anything from our local thrift store, too! Such a fun and creative idea for gifts. I might have to head over to my local store tomorrow and see what I can find. Thanks for sharing with us at the Merry Monday Link Party! See you Sunday night!

  25. This is an awesome idea and something to keep in mind this Christmas! I’d love for you to share this at our Wake Up Wednesday link party!


    Kate | The Organized Dream

  26. Hi Sarah! Yet again, your wonderful post was one of the most viewed at Five Star Frugal. Thanks for sharing, and congratulations on another feature. Love, Mimi xxx

  27. Awesome! From trash to class in a jiffy!

  28. I can’t believe your friend donated them! That’s hilarious! They turned out fabulous… love anything thrifted that can be turned into a gift! Great job! Thanks for linking up over at the Welcome Home Wednesday Link Party! Can’t wait to see what you link up with us this week… hope to see you at the party tomorrow!

  29. I love your creativity, these turned out great, I have pinned to share!!
    Thanks for sharing on the #OMHGWW this week, hope to see you next week.
    Following on Instagram now as well
    Have a great week!

  30. rmclellan1949 says

    We love Goodwill at our house. Most of our furnishings and a lot of my closet have come from Goodwill but I’ve just started thinking about gifts from Goodwill. These are so cute and I love the fact that they have a “story” behind them. I like to gift all year to encourage people and let them know I care and these ideas are great !!! Thanks for sharing.

  31. Great idea for gifts. Thrifting is fun because you can find unusual things. Tweak them into a special gift is a great idea.

  32. I love handmade gifts like these. Thank you for sharing at Vintage Charm.

  33. Wow, you took something I’d never consider buying and made it fresh and gorgeous! Great job! Thanks for stopping by to Throwback Thursday with these darling gifts! Too bad it’s all virtual – I’d take that tea one in a heartbeat!

  34. Sarah, these are fabulous! Thanks for sharing!

  35. I am so inspired! Perusing through the entires at the Creative Ways Link Party, I had to pause when I saw this. I love thrift shopping and looking for ways to make something new with someone’s cast-offs. This is just fabulous. Thanks for the inspiration. (And I bet that friend wishes she had not donated them now. 🙂 )

  36. Super cute! Thanks for sharing. Visiting from Creative Ways Link Party.

  37. Hi Sarah! You are a girl after my own heart! I love your Goodwill transformations! As a matter of fact, I am Featuring your Thrift-to-Gift tonight at our What to do Weekends Party! I hope you get a chance to pop over and see your Feature and feel free to grab our Party Button.
    Thanks so much for sharing it with us!
    ~Theresa @ Shoestring Elegance


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