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Altoids Tins - A Myriad of Uses


Recycle your mint and candy tins.

Altoids and other candies sometimes come in great little tins. It really seems a shame to throw away such useful little boxes, they just call out to be made into something new. There are so many things that can be done with these little mint tins, from useful to decorative to inventive.

Polymer Clay Covered Tins

Covering mint tins with polymer clay has been very popular for years. The basics are simple but the finished product can be as simple or elaborate as the creator wants.

Covering Tins with Polymer Clay TV

Geeky Tin Projects

Those of a more geeky nature have also had a lot of fun with altoids tins. Using them as cases for a variety of gadgets.

Geeky Altoid Tin Video Projects

Re-purposed Tin Projects

Tins are so great for holding little objects, turn one into a tiny kit or case!

Crafty Tin Projects

Advanced Tin Projects

These projects are not for the faint of heart. They are only for the hard core altoids tin creator.

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MikeRobbers LM on March 30, 2013:


shewins on November 12, 2012:

Those little boxes are so cute. They would make nice gifts when filled with small items or treats.

SimplyTonjia on March 15, 2012:

This is such a fun and interesting lens. Thank you.

lilymom24 on January 11, 2012:

Some great ideas on how to recycle little tins. Thanks. =)

ladykida on December 10, 2011:

I really hadn't given much thought to versatile these little tins could be, what wonderful idea's....thanks a bunch!

OldStones LM on October 31, 2011:

Great ways to recycle/re-use candy tins. The Altoid tin fireball shooter looks very interesting :)

Jeanette from Australia on September 24, 2011:

Fun ideas! This lens has been blessed on the "I Love That Word" quest and added to my Upcycling Ideas lens.

hlkljgk from Western Mass on September 15, 2011:

Congratulations on being featured on the 50 Crafts I Want To Try MonsterBoard!

anonymous on September 02, 2011:

My band the "Swamp Music Players" made a guitar amp out of an Altoids tin ;)

Linda Pogue from Missouri on August 21, 2011:

My mom makes Christmas ornaments out of these. Use a Dremel to insert a hole at one end, paint the outside, line the inside with felt, insert a treat or a folded dollar bill and give to friends or family for Christmas.

PaintDog on July 05, 2011:

Great ideas for crafty fun! I've never done anything crafty with an Altoids tin, but they're handy storage for used X-Acto blades (I go through a lot of blades with my scratchboard art).

purpleslug on June 07, 2011:

Great lens! We always save all of our Altoid tins, knowing there should be something we could use them for. Thanks for the many ideas

anonymous on May 20, 2011:

Great ideas, thanks!

GoAceNate LM on May 19, 2011:

Cool lens

resabi on March 22, 2011:

So many great ideas! Excellent round-up. Sets my mind going. Thanks. Blessed and listed in my Winging It lens.

Francis Luxford from United Kingdom on January 21, 2011:

I like your Lens very cool, thanks.

joanv334 on January 20, 2011:

Thanks for the tips!

CrazyforCollecting on January 02, 2011:

How cool! Thanks for sharing.

MommyTyme on December 27, 2010:

Great lens! I lensrolled you! I hope you will visit mine, too!

Moe Wood from Eastern Ontario on November 16, 2010:

What a great way to recycle! I have one in my cupboard holding toothpicks.

spritequeen lm on October 20, 2010:

Never even occurred to me to reuse those! COOL! Thanks for sharing!

glenbrook on September 26, 2010:

Very cool lens. I'm working on a little computer that can fit in a tin.

ShamanicShift on September 22, 2010:

Great ideas--I make rattles from them or simply use them as rattles as is.

Loretta from United States on September 16, 2010:

Great project ideas! I use my Altoid tins for needle and bead containers, but I've been looking for some other uses because I have a few tins sitting here that need used ;)

Sensitive Fern on June 24, 2010:

I have the tins..I have the polymer clay and everything else. Now I just have to get brave and do something with them. Great lens. Blessed by a Squidoo Angel.

Evelyn Saenz from Royalton on May 27, 2010:

Wonderful ideas for using empty Altoids tins.

Just added a link to this lens on my empty Altoids tins Ebay auction.

Kylyssa Shay from Overlooking a meadow near Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA on February 17, 2010:

Sweet re-purposing lens! I love to use candy tins to create etchings. I used to love Alyoids tins for that purpose but now they have raised lettering on them. I'm working on figuring out how to put two Altoid tin bottoms together in an attractive way to make a new, etched tin.

hlkljgk from Western Mass on November 09, 2009:

cute, eco-friendly repurposing ideas

Jennifer Sullivan from Chicago, IL on August 18, 2009:

Great ideas! I like to use them as a holder for a mini-first aid kit.

Stainedglassgal on July 16, 2009:

Great information. Thanks for sharing it.

GrowWear on June 15, 2009:

Yes, I do love this lens! Very neat ideas!

anonymous on May 19, 2009:

cool lens, great ideas

Carol Goss on May 14, 2009:

Very nice lens, I don't care for Altoids but would use the tins

thaisweiller on May 09, 2009:

Lovely lens, dear!

pumpkincat210 on April 10, 2009:

thank you for showcasing my tins from flickr, if you'd ever like a quick exlpalnation of what i used let me know, just contact me through flickr. Thanks, dreamglow aka courtney

SLCasey on December 28, 2008:

I love finding ways to use things instead of throwing them out! Great idea.

badmsm on December 10, 2008:

Nice, this will give me something to do with the kids!

EmbarkingDog on October 27, 2008:

Howdy! This is very clever. I'll pass along this new use for Altoid's cans. Good job!

blue22d on September 12, 2008:

Wow, another great idea. I just came from a lens where the recycled old Mouse Pads! What great brains we have in the thing called Squidoo! Five stars to ya. Got a moment, stop by and visit my lenses. I have a new one called Ladies Head Vases.

Tarra99 on July 26, 2008:

Great altered art recycling tips for after the candy is all gone! :o) Kudos!

cherangelry lm on July 18, 2008:

Love these ideas! I decorated my dorm room freshman year with altoid tins! It was a great conversation starter!

dreamsgate lm on July 07, 2008:

Wow, you have a lot of great projects. Should keep me busy for a while. :)

beachbum_gabby on July 01, 2008:

now I can recycle my tins, thanks for the heads up! :)

gods_grace_notes on June 25, 2008:

These little tins are so versatile... I like the idea of the tic tac toe game.

Fun craft!


Cheryl Kohan from England on June 24, 2008:

These are GREAT ideas! I think I have some polymer clay around here somewhere...

RinchenChodron on June 24, 2008:

Very CREATIVE lens - well done ****

K Linda on June 24, 2008:

Very nice lens! I love the idea of recycling stuff into something useful and beautiful. 5*s

Linda Jo Martin from Post Falls, Idaho, USA on June 23, 2008:

I love little tin boxes. Thanks for some great ideas on what to do with my collection!

enslavedbyfaeries on June 20, 2008:

So cool! I remember seeing an Altoid tin used as a magnetic travel tic tac toe game somewhere. Maybe I can put the girls to work on a new crafty project this weekend. I know I have a few of these lying around the house and you've got some great ideas here. Thanks for sharing.

beeobrien lm on June 20, 2008:

Who knew! Cool ideas.

Winter52 LM on June 20, 2008:

I know that there are some tins lying around our house too. Never thought of doing anything with them. Thanks for the idea. The little sewing kit would be perfect for travelling.

Shannon Chiarenza from Vancouver bc on June 20, 2008:

I've a got a few tins lying around that I think I will try recycling. Great lens

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