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Altoid Tin Crafts Made with Mod Podge

Do you save all of your used Altoids containers in the hopes of making something with them? You’ll love these Altoid tin crafts!

Altoid Tin Crafts Made with Mod Podge

If you’ve ever read my blog, you may know that I appreciate teeny-tiny foods. I can’t get enough when it comes to sweet little desserts and bite-sized appetizers.

But I ALSO love tiny and cute storage solutions, too. And if I can repurpose and recycle something for storage, that is even better! This decoupage post teaches you how to decorate Altoid tins. This is a perfect summer craft for kids or craft for teens – but I think adults will love it as well.

Decorate an Altoids Tin

I recently used decoupage and Mod Podge Dimensional Magic (DM) to decorate little mint tins that I did not want to throw out. Now I want to teach you how to decoupage a tiny tin.

Have you ever used DM? It is a very thick decoupage medium that dries with a resin-like finish. I love that you can embed fun decorations in it, too! It is just another way to personalize your tin a bit more.

Revamped altoid tins with scrapbook paper and Mod Podge

What can you store in these cuties? Just about anything!!!

I use one to hold tiny craft supplies (like the caps for the blade on my crafty cutting machine). I keep my extra camera SD card in another one in my camera bag.

The third one held my ear buds for my iPod for awhile. But it could even work for storing jewelry when traveling, too!

Altoids tins open with stuff inside

Want to make a fun little storage tin? Just follow these steps!

Scrapbook paper, punch, Mod Podge Satin, Dimensional Magic, Altoids container, and a foam brush

Step 1: Gather These Supplies

You will need:

Altoids tin with a small piece of scrapbook paper Mod Podged on

Step 2: Attach panel to the bottom. Cut two panels of coordinating scrapbook paper to fit snugly on the top and bottom of the tin.

You can use a rounded corner punch to give the paper a more finished look if you want.

For the bottom, brush a coat of decoupage onto the tin and press and smooth one of the pieces of paper on top.

When dry, brush another coat of decoupage over top of the paper to seal it. Allow that to fully dry.

Adding scrapbook paper to the top of a container and then Dimensional Magic and buttons

Step 3: Decoupage the panel to the top. Use the other piece of paper and brush more Mod Podge on top of the lid to adhere the paper down. Allow that to dry.

Step 4: Glue embellishments onto your Altoids tin. You can add something decorative and cute on top of that panel to embed underneath the DM. I’ve used ribbon, buttons, beads, brads, puffy stickers, etc.

Those objects can ‘float’ in the DM if you do not secure them. So, just use a little bit of Mod Podge and glue the decorations down and allow that to dry.

Step 5: Carefully add Dimensional Magic. Then very carefully, pipe the DM around the edges of the top paper panel. Fill in the remaining area with DM. Work slowly because the medium will spread a little.

Taking your time also helps avoid creating bubbles in the glue. Allow the DM to dry thoroughly overnight. Enjoy your pretty new Altoids tin and . . .

Altoids container on top of sheets of scrapbook paper

Step 6: Repeat the process with other cute little containers!

Please tell me I’m not the only one that loves wee little (and fun!) storage solutions. So, don’t throw out those tiny containers you may have around the house. Decorate and use them!

How to decoupage an old Altoids container and turn it into storage!
Yield: 3 tins

Altoid Tin Crafts

Altoid Tin Crafts Made with Mod Podge

What should you do with an old Altoids tin? Turn it into storage! Learn how to do it with Mod Podge using this tutorial.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Active Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $3

Materials

  • Small Altoids tin
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Decorations (buttons, more paper, ribbon, beads, puffy stickers, etc.)
  • Mod Podge Satin
  • Mod Podge Dimensional Magic

Tools

  • Round corner punch
  • Foam brush
  • Scissors or paper cutter

Instructions

  1. Cut paper to fit the bottom of the Altoids tin. Use a pencil to trace the tin, then cut with the scissors. Repeat for the top.
  2. You can use a rounded corner punch to give the paper a more finished look.
  3. On the bottom, brush a coat of decoupage onto the tin and smooth one of the pieces of paper on top. Let dry.
  4. Brush another coat of decoupage over top of the paper to seal it. Allow that to fully dry.
  5. Decoupage the panel to the top. Use the other piece of paper and brush more Mod Podge on top of the lid to adhere the paper down. Allow that to dry.
  6. Glue down embellishments with craft glue.
  7. Carefully add Dimensional Magic. Very carefully pipe the DM around the edges of the top paper panel.
  8. Let dry completely before using the tins.

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Now that you’ve learned how to decorate Altoid tins, check out these Altoid tin crafts from some of my friends!

Suzi

Tuesday 25th of March 2014

How in the world can I print this up for late use, Christmas Ideas! I do not see any place to print, i.e. embedded or a print button.

Amy

Tuesday 25th of March 2014

Hi Suzi! You can go into the file menu on your browser to print - there's no embedded print button my blog posts. Thank you!

Ina

Saturday 25th of January 2014

What is dimensional magic?

Amy

Saturday 25th of January 2014

Hi there Ina! I wrote a post about it here: https://modpodgerocksblog.com/mod-podge-dimensional-magic-questions/

Sandy Beachley

Saturday 6th of April 2013

Thank you so much for this tutorial. My husband has saved me like 50 of these tins and I keep looking for a project to use them for. I'm a Girl Scout leader and this idea is perfect for them to decorate and make their own lip gloss in. I hadn't done it before because I wasn't sure how we would hide the logo and make them pretty. Bingo!! Thanks!!

Anonymous

Sunday 7th of October 2012

I wonder if a gift card would fit in one of these tins? It would be such a cute gift card holder!

Amy Anderson

Monday 8th of October 2012

In the regular sized Altoid containers, yes (I made one once)! These are a little too small :D

Anonymous

Wednesday 3rd of October 2012

This is one more great idea for recycling those tins!! one can never have enough of these ideas! they look great!

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