1st Try at Altered Altoids Tins…

Yep, it was a process.

I’d seen some projects people had done where they remade Altoids tins into cool stuff.  I figured doing something like that would be the perfect little home for some magnets I was making.  Good idea…cruddy execution.  I almost gave up!

What I Did:

1st – I tried Mod Podge…It didn’t work for me because I didn’t have a good plan about where I wanted the paper to begin and end.  Sad.  I might try it again in the future, but it looked bad.

2nd – I tried painting it.  I sprayed it with a white primer then covered that with black paint.

This wasn’t a bad idea…until I tried to close the tin.  That’s when it scratched all the paint off.  Darn.

3rd…I decided to see if I could just punch some holes in the tin with my Crop a Dile Big Bite.  I could!!  That success led me to my genius idea…stick with what I know!  Paper!!  The only problem with this one is that I squashed the corners when I made the holes.  I had to maneuver the Crop A Dile until I could be relatively sure I wasn’t going to smash the sides, ’cause that makes for a U-Gully gift.

4th…I DID IT!! 😀  What finally worked was punching the holes, carefully.  Then, I attached cardstock with some big brads.  I also got really smart and made a template for the size the paper should be for the Altoids tin AND where the holes should go.  So next time, I’m totally prepared!  SWEET!!

Then I used some pop dots to raise the “Pow” image that I cut with my Cricut Expression using the Indie Art cartridge.

I added a little ribbon to the tin just to dress it up a tad.

Woo hoo!!  A perfect home for the magnets I made for my brother!!

Now, how did I make the magnets?  Well, that’s another story.  Stay tuned tomorrow and I’ll tell you ALL about it!

Happy Crafting!!



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  1. Hi Joy! I sanded mine a little bit, then used ultrathick embossing powder (opaque colored type), added some normal glitter embossing powder, and then stamped somethings on them using staz on ink or brilliance.

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