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Making a Tiny Treasure Chest

Updated on June 3, 2012

Candy Tins

Everywhere you look these days, you see small hinged tins. They can hold candy, mints, gum, cough drops...the list is endless. Once you have finished the contents, instead of tossing out the empties, transform them into tiny Treasure Chests. You don't need much, a handful of buttons, broken jewelry, or coins that you can easily find around the house. These finished boxes let you display tiny treasures that may have been kept/lost in the back of drawers and haven't seen in years. They will be delightful for keeping safe those special things such as baby's first tooth.!

Take a few minutes and look in your sewing box, jewelry box, and don't forget to check your junk drawer! You will be surprised to see just how many bits and bobs you will find that you can use. Plainer or simpler items shouldn't be over looked, as they make for a nice base for your design.

To add a more special touch you may even decide to add a mirror to the inside along with velvet lining.


Supplies

Empty tin with hinged lid

Spray paint

20 - 30 buttons

4 - 5 decorative buttons, jewelry pieces or coins

Decorative 3/8" ribbon, 15" long for a standard size tin

Glue gun and glue

White glue

Optional items:

Scrap velvet, approx. 5"x12" for a standard tin

Double sided tape

8 1/2"x11" card stock

Small mirrors

X Acto knife

Steps

1. Remove any paper inserts and any leftover mint/candy bits. Place tin on newspaper and give a light coat of spray paint.. Allow to dry thoroughly. Repeat several more light coats, being sure to dry completely between each.

2. Optional: in order to make a lining for your box, place the tin bottom side down on the piece of card stock. Trace the outline of the tin. To line the lid, repeat, tracing the top of the lid. Cut out form just inside the edge of your lines, making the liners slightly smaller for easier fitting. Place card forms on the back of your velvet/fabric scrap, glue onto velvet/fabric. Cut the velvet/fabric approximately 1/2" wider than the card stock form. Place double stick tape along the length of one side of the velvet/fabric edge and fold over the bottom of card stock. Repeat until all sides are folded/taped down.

3. Cut a length of ribbon long enough to fit the rim of the lid. Attach the ribbon by using a thin line of the white glue. Using the glue gun start attaching the first layer of large buttons to the top of the lid. Start with the plain ones leaving the more decorative ones for the top layer. Don't worry about placing them perfectly. The charm of the finished tins is the randomness of the buttons and baubles. Small bits of ribbon can also be used on the lid to create an interesting design.

Tips

Select buttons, ribbon, and bit and bobs that have a unified theme. Tortoise shell and brown buttons coordinate well with warm colored metal objects like brass and copper. Ivory and white buttons coordinate with pastel colored focal points. Black and gray buttons coordinate with silver and and stronger colored buttons like red and bright blues.

Too add a little glamour to the inside of your lid, you can add a small mirror to the center of the fabric/velvet lined lid using hot glue gun.

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      How cute and what a good idea. Enjoyed reading your hub and voted up.

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      DragonflyTreasure 4 years ago from on the breeze.........

      Moon, Thank you so much for commenting and voting, much appreciated!

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      Angelo52 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Nice idea. I have done this in the past in my seashell crafts, although with small plain tins that were not hinged. Vote up and shared.

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      DragonflyTreasure 4 years ago from on the breeze.........

      Thanks so much Angelo. Thank you for voting and sharing ?

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      Angelo52 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Dragonfly. You have a ? mark next to sharing. I shared your article (hub) with my followers on hubpages and on my facebook page.

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      DragonflyTreasure 4 years ago from on the breeze.........

      Sorru for the confusion Angelo, I deem to be hitting the ? instead of the ! these days. Why I don't know! But it's driving me nuts!!!! LOL

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      DragonflyTreasure 4 years ago from on the breeze.........

      I'm so excited! I've written 1 of 6 Hubs that has been nominated for the HubNuggets Award!

      Please vote for "Making a Tiny Treasure Chest" by Dragonfly Treasure.

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      SandraKolsom 4 years ago

      So clever and pretty. A special place to put an encouraeing note to one self.

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      DragonflyTreasure 4 years ago from on the breeze.........

      Thank you Sandy ?

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      Michelle Simtoco 4 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      You just made me realize this is also a beautiful personalized gift item... congratulations on your Hubnuggets nomination. This treasure of a hub is found in the Arts and Designs nominees. This way to read and vote http://koffeeklatchgals.hubpages.com/hub/Word-Sala...

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      DragonflyTreasure 4 years ago from on the breeze.........

      Thank you so much ripple! Thank you for the link ?

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      Cyndi 4 years ago

      What a fabulous treasure chest you have made, I love the tips and maybe I should make one? I have all the supplies! You are so enchanting and talented!

      Smiles, Cyndi

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      DragonflyTreasure 4 years ago from on the breeze.........

      Cyndi, thank you so much for the sweet compliment! And yes you should! ?

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      L.L. Woodard 4 years ago from Oklahoma City

      I've been saving this candy tins for quite some time, knowing I'd find a crafty way to use them. Thanks for your clever idea.

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      DragonflyTreasure 4 years ago from on the breeze.........

      Yay! Glad to help :)

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      Bev 4 years ago from Wales

      Simple and sophisticated - a lovely idea.

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      DragonflyTreasure 4 years ago from on the breeze.........

      Thank you so much raggededge!

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      Nicole Canfield 4 years ago from the Ether

      Great idea...my fairies would love this! Voted up and awesome.

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      DragonflyTreasure 4 years ago from on the breeze.........

      Kitty, Your fairies would love this, especially a sparkley one! Great idea ? Thank you for reading and voting!

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