Friday, November 6, 2009

Green Alternatives: Altoids Tins

It only takes a mildly observant person to note my passion for repurposing things that traditionally hit the trash can once their intended use is no longer required. For years (yes, that's right, years) I have been collecting used altoid tins. These tins have piled up as I've waited for a stroke of genius to inspire how I will repurpose them. I'm not one to go with other people's ideas as I am positive there is one genius design that only I am capable of coming up with. Yes, I do realize that this may be an arrogant admission but hey, at least I'm honest.

While I wait for my stroke of genius, I decided to check out the competition. I must admit there are some pretty cool, already invented ways to reuse these little tins.

I love the simple beauty of this gift tin by MaJenta Designs:



This simple and convenient sewing kit by DribsNDrabs:



These mini scrapbooks by Nycole:



This collage piece by Decorating4:



This belt buckle by BuckleUp:


Feel free to add to the list of useful ways to repurpose Altoid tins by leaving a note in the comment section below.

10 comments:

Mami Made It said...

Wow, the tins are great! Beautiful!

paperhill said...

love the little sewing kit!

Fern said...

Fabulous & cute idea! Must've eaten a TON of altoids :)

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Sweet Harvey said...

Love altered tins - such a fun way to carry whatever in your purse! Great feature!

SleightGirl said...

My boyfriend has a ton of altoids tins, and we are constantly finding uses for them...in fact, sometimes we worry that our uses will outnumber the amount of tins we have.

Jen said...

I made these for Christmas last year as gifts. I love the mini scrapbook idea. I'll have to do that one this year! :0)

Christina said...

Great ideas. I should try to sewing tin idea! But I need to buy altoids. :D

Alix said...

love the little sewing kit and the belt buckle! You could totally keep stuff in there!

Michelle C said...

I have also seen them use as mini picture albums done in old style with B&W photos or sepia tone. The pictures on put on an accordian style "page" and "scrapbooked" They had them at a craft fair a few years ago.
Need more tins? I am happy to donate mine.
I mainly use mine to hold small items in my craft boxes.

Katy said...

I've seen them with candles poured inside. Makes a nice, portable candle!