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.
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.
“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
Jack Bresnahan’s Tin Can Lids are a set of nine lids designed to snap onto used food and soup cans, highlighting it’s space-y modern shiny rib design and turning it into something instantly useful: “There’s a toothbrush holder, a soap dispenser, tea and coffee jar lids and a sugar dispenser, and a less useful pen-holder.”
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)
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