10 Ways to Repurpose an Altoids Tin

Altoids tins are icons of upcycling. Even folks who aren’t into DIY crafts often reuse these handy containers for things like storing change or organizing small knick knacks. With a little bit of crafty love, you can turn that humble Altoids container into all sorts of fun creations!

10 DIY Crafts for Old Altoids Tins

1. To Go Candle

If you’ve got a bunch of old candles that have seen better days, you can recycle that old wax into a new one! Just get a couple of new tealight-sized wicks, place them in your Altoids tin, and melt and pour the remaining wax right in. Green Upgrader shows you more on recycling old candles.

2. Make a Spice Box

Spice boxes are part of the Jewish ritual of Havdalah. If you’re not Jewish, you could also fill your decorated tin with herbs like lavender for home made potpourri or with hand-mixed chai tea!

3. Steampunk Altoid Tin

There are so many ways to turn that tin into a piece of art, and I just love this steampunk version!

4. Portable Games Chest

Decorate the outside with a gaming-related collage, toss in some dice, cards, poker chips, and a mini notebook, and you’ve got games to go!

5. Make a Mini Toolbox

Over at Shoplet, they walk you through how to transform Altoid tins into cute, miniature tool boxes. What a great gift for a fellow crafter or handy fella in your life!

6. More Altered Art

Don’t you love this whimsical Flying Circus DYI crafts piece? You can learn more about how Karen Burene makes these over at How Stuff Works.

7. Magnet Box

Marble magnets are another ubiquitous DIY crafts project. How cute would it be to package your magnets in a sweet, customized Altoids tin?

8. Recycled Advent Calendar

I know, it’s a little early to be thinking about Christmas, but this was too cute to pass up! Find the deets over at Sassy Crafter.

9. Miniature Zen Garden

Some clay, simple stones, and a couple of leaves transform an Altoids tin into a portable bit of Zen!

10. Paperclip iPod Stand

With a couple of dremel holes and some crafty paperclip folding, turn your reclaimed Altoids tin into a nifty stand for your iPhone.

Do you guys have any fun Altoids DIY crafts projects? I’d love to hear about them in the comments!

Image Credit: Creative Commons photos by akanekal

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Carrie-Anne Brown

thanks for sharing :)

matt gowty
matt gowty4 years ago

Some really good ideas here :) thanks

Tara W.
Tara W4 years ago

Cute ideas! I've also seen them transformed into tiny first aid kits. Gotta go get some Altoids!

Janice Thompson
Janice Thompson4 years ago

Very interesting and what nice uses for that expensive little tin.

Panchali Yapa
Panchali Yapa4 years ago

Thank you

Tanya W.
Tanya W4 years ago

Tins are great for jigsaw puzzles.

Tanya W.
Tanya W4 years ago

Never heard of them but thanks.

John W.
.4 years ago

Interesting :-)

Shanti S.
S S4 years ago

Thank you.

Nils Anders Lunde
PlsNoMessage se4 years ago