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Unique Craft Ideas – Altoid Tin Projects

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

Unique Craft Ideas – Altoid tin projects for Valentine’s Day

Unique craft ideas - Altoid tin projects

Unique craft ideas - Altoid tin projects

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.

Unique craft ideas - Altoid tin projects

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.

Unique craft ideas - Altoid tin projects

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.

Unique craft ideas - Altoid tin projects

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?

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About Ellen Christian

Ellen is a busy mom of two teenagers who left the corporate world in 2008 to focus on a more eco-friendly life. She lives in rural Vermont where she juggles family, two blogs and a career in social media.

Comments

  1. What a neat idea, I love upcycled projects! This would be great to house a “survival kit” kind of like the one posted last week by Jaime! Or this one that I found on pinterest….

    2013 Survival Kit :) Thought this was cute!
    Came upon this today…just had to share! Enjoy!

    DAILY SURVIVAL KIT for the NEW YEAR to help you each day…………
    *Toothpick … to remind you to pick the good qualities in everyone, including yourself.
    *Rubber band … to remind you to be flexible. Things might not always go the way you want, but it can be worked out.
    *Band-Aid … to remind you to heal hurt feelings, either yours or someone else’s.
    *Eraser … to remind you everyone makes mistakes. That’s okay, we learn from our errors.
    *Candy Kiss … to remind you everyone needs a hug or a compliment everyday.
    *Mint … to remind you that you are worth a mint to your family & Me.
    *Bubble Gum … to remind you to stick with it and you can accomplish anything.
    *Pencil … to remind you to list your blessings every day.
    *Tea Bag … to remind you to take time to relax daily and go over that list of blessings.
    *This is what makes life worth living every minute, every day
    *Wishing you love, gratitude, friends to cherish, caring, sharing, laughter, music, and warm feelings in your heart in the 2013 year.

    I totally wanted to make this for my girls to keep as helpful reminders!!! Yay! Thank you for such a great idea!

  2. Adorable!! Pinned!!

  3. What a great idea! You could also do one with the Boogie Wipe, a bandaid, packet of first aid ointment and alcohol wipe. Thank’s for the awesome idea!!!

  4. Mary @raising dick and Jane says:

    Now that’s adorable!

  5. This is a really neat idea.

  6. Ellen what an really neat idea!! Love it!!!

  7. What a cute idea. I always have lots of Altoids tins around, they are my favorite. I love this idea. I think I have everything I need for this. I need to get my craft on!

  8. LOVE IT! This would make a super cool mini beauty kit for my best friend!

  9. I love this idea, to upcycle unused tin can into nice survival kit.

  10. That tin is super cute and the perfect, cheap, little gift!

  11. Hey, Great post! What a wonderful way to save an old tin. Thank you for joining my blog hop. I hope to see you there next week too.

    Garrett @TheGrowingPatch

  12. Great idea!
    I was only using old tins for pins or clips but adding a bit of pizazz seems like the way to go.

  13. Cute ideas! I have a few tins lying around here I could use.

  14. I should make a whole bunch of these for my kids, they love to collect little treasures and have somewhere special to put them.

  15. Great idea, I have so many little tins laying around. The kids use them for barbie shoes! lol 

  16. I like to keep change in them in the car so I don’t have to go scrounging around under seats for it when I need it! Very cute idea!

  17. It looks easy and fun, something I bet the kids would like doing too.

    • Ellen Christian says:

      This would be great for the kids. Not only could they decorate it but then use it to store their little treasures too!

  18. I have been wanting to make something with Altoids’ tins. I even bought some just for a craft, but haven’t gotten to it yet. I love the paper on the inside as well as outside.

    • Ellen Christian says:

      It was a lot of fun to make, Laura! I can see me making a lot more of them LOL.

      • I saw the Altoids in tins..anything else? I don’t like Altoids. I got them cheap enough if I can’t stand eating them.

        • Ellen Christian says:

          I created this one using a tin I found in a package of tea. Maybe the dollar store might have some or check on Freecycle to see if someone has a stash they can share.

  19. Stacey @ Newlywed Survival says:

    I love this idea…now I am getting a ton of ideas of what to fill it with!

  20. I just bought some Altoids the other day and would have NEVER thought to do this! Thanks so much for sharing your tips. I’m going to give it a try when it’s empty.

  21. I love using empty tins for cute little things to collect. :)

  22. Great idea! I happen to have a tin in my purse right now and I will use your idea as soon as it is empty!

  23. Super cute! A great place to keep little treasures!

  24. Sarah Hayes says:

    This is the cutest thing! I love this. this would be so fun to do with my daughter in a few years. thanks for sharing this :)

  25. For Christmas this year my dauhter and I made a bunch of these from altoid tins for Gift cards. We were a bit pressed for time so we didn’t make them as nice as yours on the inside. My husband keeps all the tins for me so I can craft with them throughout the year. I really like the idea of having or giving a little kit like this. I was thinking it would make a good tin for a sewing kit (emergency) too.

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