DIY Crafts: Ten Ways to Repurpose an Altoids Tin

DIY Crafts for Altoids Tins

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.

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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!

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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!

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4. Portable Games Chest

games case

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!

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5. Make a Mini Toolbox

altoid tool box

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!

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6. More Altered Art

circus tin

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.

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7. Magnet Box

magnet box

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

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8. Recycled Advent Calendar

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.

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9. Miniature Zen Garden

zen garden

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

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10. Paperclip iPod Stand

iPhone 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!

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Written by Becky Striepe

My name is Becky Striepe (rhymes with “sleepy”), and I am a crafts and food writer from Atlanta, Georgia with a passion for making our planet a healthier, happier, and more compassionate place to live. My mission is to make vegan food and crafts accessible to everyone!. If you like my work, you can also find me on Twitter, Facebook, and .


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