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Mini Tins

23 Jan

I was getting ready to buy a pill box the other day when I realized it was crazy to pay for something we could make at home.  So here is a new craft with the Altoid box, only this time we used Altoids Smalls tins.


Altoids Smalls boxes Beaded chain Pieces of fabric Metal Scrapbook Letters Gems Strong Glue (We used Crafter’s Pick: The Ultimate)


Start with an empty Altoids Smalls tin Cut out a small lid-sized rectangle of fabric Coat top of box with glue Apply fabric Run beaded chain around box and secure with glue Add letters and gems as desired Done in a jiffy! Now it’s ready for trinkets, pills, paperclips, or pins.




Altoid Box Suitcase: Crafts from THE BOY PROJECT

1 Jan

Hooray! THE BOY PROJECT (Notes and Observations of Kara McAllister) , a humorous middle grade novel from Scholastic, was released TODAY! In honor of the book’s release, we are featuring some of the crafts Kara mentions in the book on the blog.  Kami Kinard, the book’s author, is the mother of CLM, this blog’s creator.  The Altoid Box Suitcase was one of our first posts. Kami liked the idea so much that she included it in her book! Click on the book in the sidebar to learn more about it!


Make a realistic looking suitcase for your doll.

This craft is a little more difficult, but we loved the result!


Altoids tin
Sheet of blank paper
Masking tape
Brown shoe polish
coated wire
long bead or several small beads
Small picture-hanging nail


Fold sheet of paper until it is slightly smaller than top of Altoids tin. This will cover the embossed letters, if present. It will also provide dimension.
Center the folded sheet on top of Altoids tin and secure with masking tape.
Continue to place pieces of masking tape on box until the entire surface is covered.
Using a soft rag apply brown shoe polish to the masking tape. Wipe off excess with clean rag. Repeat process for darker color.
Have an adult puncture two holes in side of Altoids tins that is opposite from the hinge. Use picture hanging nail and hammer for this. (Each of our holes was approximately two centimeters from the edge.)
Thread one end of coated wire through hole.
Add bead or beads.
Bring Wire through other hole and twist to secure.
Decorate your suitcase with small stickers, postage stamps, or home made stickers (directions below.)

To Make Travel Stickers:


Tiny printouts of travel pictures (we used Microsoft Word clip art)
Transparent tape

Print out small travel pictures. Pictures should be narrow enough to be covered by a single piece of transparent tape.
Color pictures with markers.
Cut out pictures.
Place sticky side of tape over colored side of pictures, leaving edges of the tape exposed.
Carefully cut around pictures leaving a small area of sticky side of tape around the edges.
Apply these picture-stickers to surface of suitcase.

Tip Junkie handmade projects

Extreme Cigar Box Makeover

15 Jun


Cigar boxes are cool because they are usually made of wood, covered by paper. This makes them very sturdy.  We don’t smoke cigars, but we picked up the empty boxes for fifty cents each at a store that sells them. There are so many ways to decorate these boxes that we are not going to type out a list of directions. Instead we’ll make a few comments on the boxes you see here.  Then you can let your creativity run wild.

I covered the box above with a thin layer of glue and then scrapbook paper. Then I added random things we had around the house like buttons, gemstones, silk flowers and game pieces. If you look closely, you’ll see that the purple and pink flowers here are little plastic elephants and hippos that came out of a game.

 The boxes below are covered with fabric.  The bamboo beads around the edge came from an old bamboo placemat.  The beads were also used as legs. Adding legs to your box will make it look fancier and more complete. 










Used jewlery dresses up a box.


This last box was covered with pages from an old dictionary and then coated with Modge Podge.  A pin was added to the front to dress up the box.  The edges are lined with scrapbook trim.

Cigar boxes come in a lot of different shapes and sizes and are fun to decorate!

Mint Tin Trinket Boxes

9 Nov

cute boxes


  1.  empty mint tins
  2. decorative tape
  3. sequins
  4. sticky rhinestones
  5. coated wire
  6. small beads
  7. small sharp nail
  8. hammer
  9. scissors


  1. Stick a piece of decorative tape on top of mint tin.
  2. Have an adult help you use the hammer and nail to poke a few holes in box lid.
  3. Place holes in sequins over nail holes.
  4. Cut 2 inch piece of wire with scissors.
  5. Thread bead through wire.
  6. Wrap one end of wire over bead, trim excess, leaving one end of the wire long.
  7. Put wire through hole, pull through, securing sequin
  8. Bend wire inside lid of box to secure.
  9. Repeat process for other sequins.
  10. Add rhinestones.
  11. Cover exposed wire on inside of box with another piece of decorative tape.

altoid and hint mint boxes



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