10 Ways to Use Your Fruitcake Tin

DeLuxe® Fruitcake & Red Tin Holiday Setting
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How Do You Use Your Empty Fruitcake Tin?

We recently asked this question to our loyal customers and, boy oh boy, did you all respond! Your submissions came pouring in, telling us all the innovative, fun, and memorable ways you’ve found for upcycling and enjoying your empty DeLuxe® Fruitcake tins. We loved all your responses so much, we wanted to share the stats! That’s why we’ve compiled all your answers, separated them into categories, and crunched the math. Here’s our final breakdown of how our leftover tins of fruitcake are put to use.

Storing Homemade Treats - 29%

This was by far THE most popular answer. For most, it only seemed fitting to replenish the stock of goodies once stored in our tins! Customers shared a variety of treats they enjoy making, baking, and storing including cookies, fudge, rum balls, truffles, and trail mix!

Storing Arts & Crafts Supplies - 25%

If you use your empty tin to store craft supplies, you’re in good company. This was the second most popular answer. Here is just the shortlist of some items people recalled storing in their tins: sewing kits, sewing needles, embroidery floss, colored pencils, thread, iron-on patches, sidewalk chalk, appliques, crayons, pincushions, seam rippers, hot glue sticks, scissors, stickers, and MORE!

When we were kids, my younger brother and I would occasionally sleep over at our grandparent's home… One of the things we'd do was to color in coloring books and the crayons were all kept in a Collin Street Bakery Fruitcake tin. So now, some 45 years later, I sent my brother a DeLuxe® Fruitcake for this past Christmas. On Christmas Day, I get a text from him: "Hey, Big Brother, thanks for the crayon box - but, there's a fruitcake in it!" - J. Fontaine from Newberry, NH

FUN FACT: The number one craft supply stashed in our tins was… buttons!

Regifting Our Tins At Holiday Time - 15%

Most people said they’d save their tin for a whole year and reuse it as a suitable gift container come the following Christmas. Because of our tin’s airtight seal, many people admitted to using the tin to give friends and family their own baked goodies.

General Storage - 7%

Most people who claimed to use their tins as ‘general storage’ didn’t really have one specific thing they chose to store. This answer appeared to be a categorical catchall for items too small and too varied to classify anywhere else. Thus their tins acted as a kind of junk drawer. Items that fell into this category included gift tags, pocket calculators, guitar picks, legos, catnip, decks of cards, seashells, marbles, army men, and flower seeds.

Storing Memories & Cards - 6%

We found this category to contain some very touching responses. People really poured their hearts out, sharing how they used our tins to store wedding invitations, save the dates, birthday cards, personal letters, prayer cards, love letters, and timeless photos.

Given as a gift, I use mine to store love letters and cards from my husband, who died suddenly, three years ago. My children & grandkids will discover them one day when I join my Love in Heaven!!- Kathleen M. from Isle, MN

Home Decor - 5%

Of course, our tins were used as a decoration! They have been thoughtfully designed to be displayed and cherished. Not surprisingly, many people reported using their tins as decoration around the holiday seasons. We expected to hear this; our DeLuxe® Fruitcake is a Christmas staple.

Storing Money - 4%

A handful of people shared how they use our tins as makeshift piggy banks. Perfect for storing everything from coins to receipts and even sometimes bills, our tins provided a safe place to keep people’s miscellaneous monetary odds and ends.

We use [our tin] for holding loose change throughout the year. Then at Easter, we fill plastic eggs with the change and scatter them all over the lawn and have the grandchildren "find the eggs." So no one misses out, we put the same amount of money in each egg and each kid gets to pick the same number of eggs. Good fun for all!- Tom G. from Warminster, PA

Storing Kitchen Supplies - 3%

Teabags, coffee beans, cookie cutters, and corn pokers, are just some of the kitchen staples that have been stashed in our tins. Many seemed to be of the belief since our tins were kept in the kitchen, they should stay in the kitchen.

I keep brown sugar in one tin and it keeps it nice and soft!- Jo B. from Highland, CA

Storing Tools - 3%

Who needs a tool organizer when you have a Collin Street Bakery tin? No matter how methodically you separate all your nuts, bolts, screws, washers, and nails into those tiny, little cubbies, they are all just going to become jumbled anyways. Might as well save yourself some time and frustration by simply choosing that path from the beginning.

Storing Jewelry & Makeup - 3%

Cute little makeup and jewelry cases are alright, but oftentimes they don’t do a very good job of protecting your valuables and compacts. That’s why some Collin Street Bakery customers use their tins as travel cases for their more dainty and delicate items. 

I reuse my tin for 100's reasons but my fave is to pack it with my makeup or jewelry when I travel… Not only do the tins keep my jewelry from knotting or my makeup from bursting, but no one messes with the tins because it's only a FRUITCAKE ;)” - Sandra H. from Boerne, TX

Some Unique, Note-Worthy Responses

All the responses we received were absolutely amazing and noteworthy! However, some responses were much more unexpected than others. Here are some of the more unique responses we received for what some people put in their leftover fruitcake tins.

  • First Aid Kits
  • Plants 
  • Dog Treats 
  • Desert Rocks 
  • Electronic Chargers 
  • Matchbooks
  • Bird Seed
  • Care Packages for the Homeless 
  • Tears

When my fruitcake tin is empty, I fill it with my tears because I have no more fruitcake.

- Elise K. from Groves, TX

How Do You Use Your Tin? 

If you didn’t get a chance to share your response, it’s not too late! Tell us how you use your tin in the comments below. 

March 24, 2022
Janet Koch
July 2, 2020 at 11:56 AM
I never throw them out, they’re too pretty. I store nuts in them but if I can’t use them, I give them away or donate to a thrift store. There is always someone that can use them!
Collin Street Bakery
July 2, 2020 at 11:56 AM
Hello Janet! There's so many ways to use the Fruitcake tins! We love hearing from our customers!
Craig Betts
July 2, 2020 at 5:10 PM
Hey Guys. Saw your little survey results on how folks use their empty fruitcake tins. Mine would definitely be in the tool shop category. I have one for screws and another for nuts and bolts. They are the best little storage containers and every time I see them, I remember how great your fruitcake tastes!
Collin Street Bakery
February 24, 2021 at 9:52 AM
Our tins sure do come in handy!
Carbet Boudreaux
December 11, 2020 at 1:18 PM
Reuse for homemade fruit cake .
Collin Street Bakery
February 24, 2021 at 9:53 AM
Marsha Piecuch
December 20, 2020 at 11:42 AM
I use the tins to fill with home made cookies and give them as gifts.
Collin Street Bakery
February 24, 2021 at 9:54 AM
Our tins are the gift that keeps on giving!
Mary Summerhill
December 20, 2020 at 11:57 AM
Fill it with homemade candies or cookies and gift it to friends. They are beautiful...would never throw one away.
Collin Street Bakery
February 24, 2021 at 9:55 AM
We are so glad you have found such a wonderful way to reuse them.
Marsha Piecuch
December 20, 2020 at 11:58 AM
I use my empty Collin Street Fruitcake tins to elevate my Kitties' water & food dishes, so they don't have to eat /drink at an unhealthy incline. It's MUCH easier on their digestive systems!!
Collin Street Bakery
February 24, 2021 at 9:57 AM
Wow! What a wonderful idea.
Kim Yarborough
December 20, 2020 at 12:08 PM
I reuse it for all kinds of things too, but one thing that came to mind is to play a joke on someone who you know doesn't like fruitcake and give it to them with a piece inside to persuade them!!! If they tried it they would love it!! LOL!
Collin Street Bakery
February 24, 2021 at 10:20 AM
What a GREAT idea!! One bite is all it takes to become a fan of our fruitcakes.
Carmen Vazquez
December 20, 2020 at 1:44 PM
My mom used it to put all her sewing things in it. When I was cleaning her house after she passed I found it. I looked up the company to see if it still existed. I was so happy to see that it did and I ordered a fruitcake! I am reusing my tin for all my color pens and markers! Thank you so much! Your fruitcake brings back lots of fond memories!
Collin Street Bakery
February 24, 2021 at 10:21 AM
Thank you for sharing this with us! We love to help bring back wonderful memories.
Betty Ford
December 20, 2020 at 3:16 PM
A Collin Street Bakery fruit cake tin was my Mom’s button storage container since I was a little girl and perhaps long before that (about 60+ years). Now that button storage tin is mine. I recently ordered a fruit cake from your company. I was so pleased to find out that your company still uses the same design on the tin as the one I have from long ago. The fruit cake is delicious and the tin design reminds me of my home state of Texas. Thank you for keeping this Texas tradition going.
Collin Street Bakery
February 24, 2021 at 1:01 PM
Thank you so much for your kind words!
Susan Holtz
December 20, 2020 at 3:44 PM
My husband also uses the beautiful tins for storage of small garage items. I prefer to store cookies.
Collin Street Bakery
February 24, 2021 at 1:05 PM
Both are great ideas!
judy pool
December 20, 2020 at 4:57 PM
i use them in my sewing room; putting pins, storing buttons in one; small things ; like needles,etc. I really love the fruit cakes. my boss used to give the employees a cake for Christmas with a $100. bill.
Collin Street Bakery
February 24, 2021 at 1:07 PM
Wow! What a smart boss with those great gifts.
Linda Herrington
December 20, 2020 at 5:43 PM
I use my tins for giving away homemade goodies.
Collin Street Bakery
February 24, 2021 at 1:09 PM
That is a great idea!
Toni Dorvitt
December 20, 2020 at 6:25 PM
I have one that I use for a button box. My mom had an old tin that she used for a button box. Clothes and coats that are beyond repair get stripped of their buttons and put in the box. Sometimes I will just buy old clothes from the thrift store for their buttons. New projects and “re-does” are given new life with a snazzy set of buttons.
Collin Street Bakery
February 24, 2021 at 1:13 PM
That sounds wonderful, thank you for sharing your use of the tin with us.
Ms. Valerie Morris
December 20, 2020 at 7:41 PM
My first tin sent to my mom in Arkansas was received within 3 days. Ordered just last Thursday! I'm waiting for 3 to Austin. Very pleased so far. Have always loved your fruitcakes.
Collin Street Bakery
February 24, 2021 at 1:15 PM
Thank you so much! We are so happy to get your cakes to you quickly.
psam ordener
December 21, 2020 at 10:38 AM
I use your tins to mail homemade goodies to my son who lives far away. They arrive safe and sound packed in your tin. He also loves your pecan pies. I order them for him because I can't pack mine do they arrive whole. Keep up the good work!
Collin Street Bakery
February 24, 2021 at 1:20 PM
We love how you use our tins to be the gift that keeps on giving!
Ms Barbara J G Kiser
December 22, 2020 at 4:34 PM
I use my Collinstreet tin to store my Christmas jewelry. I don't have to search each December because I just look for my Collinstreet tin and know I'm ready for Christmas dressing fun!
Collin Street Bakery
February 24, 2021 at 1:22 PM
We love this! What a way to keep the Christmas spirit things together.
Ms Caroline Gavin
December 27, 2020 at 12:51 PM
I used two of mine, after duct taping them together, as a stand to elevate my stereo from amongst my plants.
Collin Street Bakery
February 24, 2021 at 1:22 PM
This is such a great idea!
Nancy Barlow
February 26, 2021 at 12:46 PM
I am one year new to Collin St Bakery, but already in love! I use the few tins that I've collected to bless people that live here at the elderly housing complex. I fill them with my famous goodies a d hang them on doorknobs. They are always blessed by a treat. And they always return the tin in hopes of a refill! Some things I fill them with are caramel corn, ginger cookies, various biscuits with icing, and Chex Mix. I also share the mini chocolate fruitcake balls with our office and maintenance. We are blessed by them all ♥️ Thank you for a product I can count on in these times! Stay safe and well and be blessed by His perfect Love...and now I must go place an order.
February 26, 2021 at 1:40 PM
I put spare change (coins and dollar bills) in the Collin Street Bakery fruitcake tin all year long. At the end of the year, whatever I have saved up is more than enough to buy a fruitcake for the holiday season!
February 26, 2021 at 2:57 PM
I don't believe it! Every - body I know uses it for sewing aids: needles, buttons, thread. It's still great.
Pam Sowers
February 26, 2021 at 7:05 PM
I use my beloved Collin Street Bakery Fruitcake tins to deliver Christmas cookies and candy to some friends who are monks at the local Benedictine Abbey. They always tell me they'll return the tins in the new year, but somehow, I end up with fewer tins coming home than went out. I suspect the monks are finding useful storage ideas for those colorful tins, too!
February 26, 2021 at 10:35 PM
Growing up in East Texas and later traveling to West Texas when moved, we would go through Corsicana and see the bakery as we drove by. Friutcake was a family tradition back then Collins was the only company we knew that mailed fruitcake. It was a novel idea. When my husband and married 37 years ago, I introduced Colllins to my husband who DID NOT LIKE FRUITCAKE! Every year we order a Collins cake and it has become a tradition at Christmas.
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