I’m always looking for unique craft ideas especially if they upcycle something that I already have. Upcycling is the art of taking something useless or is waste material of some sort into something new. In this case, I have turned this empty tea tin into a cute Valentine’s Day box. You could do the same craft with an empty Altoid or other mint tin.
Unique Craft Ideas – Altoid tin projects for Valentine’s Day
The art of upcycling involves using materials that you have on hand so ideally you wouldn’t head out out to the craft store for Altoid tin projects. I had all sorts of unique craft ideas I was thinking about but in an attempt to use what I had on hand, this is what I created. I started with some floral scrapbooking paper that I had and cut it to the size of the top of the tin and then carefully glued it on top. You could do the same thing with construction paper, the front of a greeting card, a map, sheet music or even comics if that’s what you have on hand.
After that, you need to decorate the top. You can use ribbon, buttons, beads, stickers, scrapbook embellishments, or any other little things you have on hand. Since I was making this for Valentine’s Day, I chose ribbons and buttons that were pink and white and matched the floral scrapbook paper that I used as a background. If I was making it for a different holiday or a birthday, I would have chosen different colors. If you’re making this for a boy, you could use bright primary colors and comic strip paper.
Inside the tin, simply cut matching or complimentary pieces of scrapbook paper to line the top and the bottom of the tin. If you don’t have scrapbook paper, use another type of paper or you could use felt or fabric if you’d rather.
Then just fill the tin with whatever little things you have on hand. I made this for my teenager daughter so I included a Boogie Wipe, paper clips, lip gloss, erasers, etc. You could include candy, gum, crayons, etc. depending on the age of the person you’re making it for. You could even create your own sewing kit or fill it with teabags if you’d rather. The possibilities are endless with unique craft ideas. Have you ever tried this? What did you fill your tin with?
Stop by and visit some of the other crafters this week!