Vintage Signage turned Wall Art


I found 12 old tin signs that used to hang in grocery and liquor stores to create this patchwork of wall art. Many of them were in sad shape with rust setting in so it didnt feel so bad cutting them up. I just love the graphics and the colors!

Jenny over at Junk Market Style collected 12 rusty, old tin Canada Dry signs, cut them up with a tin snips and then drilled tiny holes into their edges. Using blue tacks, she fastened them to a 3′square board, which she had painted black. The effect is a cool piece of art. Not into rusty old signs? How about cutting up your favorite soft drink (or beer) cans and using them? (Aluminum cans these days can be cut with a scissors.) You can read more about the project by following this link.

How To: Giant Altoids Lunch Box.

Clever reuse of the all-purpose Altoids tin is a rite of passage for any DIYster, but turning something else entirely INTO an Altoids tin? Well, that’s just plain fun.DSCF3311.JPG

“Whether you’re off to school or work, you need something to pack your lunch or snack. Just
like the Flintstones, don’t forget your lunch pail. There is a mini-Altoids lunch box but that will not do if you have a hero, grinder, po’boy or submarine sandwich. Make a custom giant Altoids “tin” lunchbox from cardboard to fit anything you want.”

The design is a simple cardboard box covered in duct tape with a hinged lid. Continue Reading

How to Turn an Altoids Tin into a Travel Candle

Kate at Design Sponge was inspired by an earthquake and an Altoids tin and came up with this ingenious Altoid Tin Travel Candle. To make one of your own, you’ll need….

1. Altoids tins
2. candle wicks
3. wax (Kate used microwaveable soy wax from a craft store)
4. Mod Podge (Kate notes that Mod Podge is non-toxic and inflammable)
5. decorative paper
6. pencil
7. scissors
8. paint brush
9. wax coloring or scents (optional)

To see the entire tutiorial, follow this jump. Continue Reading

My New Craft Room: How to ‘upholster’ a tin can.


This is a fun and easy way to make an ordinary can look fabulous. All you need to do it is a bit of fabric, a scissors, an iron, a hot glue gun and a can.


First cut your fabric to fit the circumference and height of your can PLUS a couple of inches in both directions. Press the top and bottom edges down/up. Press ONE SIDE of the fabric in. Center your can on the fabric. Continue Reading