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Altoids Tins - A Myriad of Uses

Updated on February 9, 2017

Recycle your mint and candy tins.

Altoids and other candies sometimes come in great little tins. It really seems a shame to throw away such useful little boxes, they just call out to be made into something new. There are so many things that can be done with these little mint tins, from useful to decorative to inventive.

Polymer Clay Covered Tins

Covering mint tins with polymer clay has been very popular for years. The basics are simple but the finished product can be as simple or elaborate as the creator wants.

Covering Tins with Polymer Clay TV

Geeky Tin Projects

Those of a more geeky nature have also had a lot of fun with altoids tins. Using them as cases for a variety of gadgets.

Geeky Altoid Tin Video Projects

Re-purposed Tin Projects

Tins are so great for holding little objects, turn one into a tiny kit or case!

Advanced Tin Projects

These projects are not for the faint of heart. They are only for the hard core altoids tin creator.

Leave a Note - Questions, comments, etc all welcome.

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    • MikeRobbers LM profile image

      MikeRobbers LM 

      5 years ago


    • shewins profile image


      6 years ago

      Those little boxes are so cute. They would make nice gifts when filled with small items or treats.

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      6 years ago

      This is such a fun and interesting lens. Thank you.

    • lilymom24 profile image


      6 years ago

      Some great ideas on how to recycle little tins. Thanks. =)

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      7 years ago

      I really hadn't given much thought to versatile these little tins could be, what wonderful idea's....thanks a bunch!

    • OldStones LM profile image

      OldStones LM 

      7 years ago

      Great ways to recycle/re-use candy tins. The Altoid tin fireball shooter looks very interesting :)

    • GonnaFly profile image


      7 years ago from Australia

      Fun ideas! This lens has been blessed on the "I Love That Word" quest and added to my Upcycling Ideas lens.

    • hlkljgk profile image


      7 years ago from Western Mass

      Congratulations on being featured on the 50 Crafts I Want To Try MonsterBoard!

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      7 years ago

      My band the "Swamp Music Players" made a guitar amp out of an Altoids tin ;)

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      Linda Pogue 

      7 years ago from Missouri

      My mom makes Christmas ornaments out of these. Use a Dremel to insert a hole at one end, paint the outside, line the inside with felt, insert a treat or a folded dollar bill and give to friends or family for Christmas.

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      nightbear lm 

      7 years ago

      So interesting, who would have thought? Great job! blessed by the Squid Angel Back to school tour bus.

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      7 years ago

      Great ideas for crafty fun! I've never done anything crafty with an Altoids tin, but they're handy storage for used X-Acto blades (I go through a lot of blades with my scratchboard art).

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      7 years ago

      Great lens! We always save all of our Altoid tins, knowing there should be something we could use them for. Thanks for the many ideas

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      7 years ago

      Great ideas, thanks!

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      GoAceNate LM 

      7 years ago

      Cool lens

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      7 years ago

      So many great ideas! Excellent round-up. Sets my mind going. Thanks. Blessed and listed in my Winging It lens.

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      Francis Luxford 

      7 years ago from United Kingdom

      I like your Lens very cool, thanks.

    • joanv334 profile image


      7 years ago

      Thanks for the tips!

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      7 years ago

      How cool! Thanks for sharing.

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      7 years ago

      Great lens! I lensrolled you! I hope you will visit mine, too!

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      Moe Wood 

      8 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      What a great way to recycle! I have one in my cupboard holding toothpicks.

    • spritequeen lm profile image

      spritequeen lm 

      8 years ago

      Never even occurred to me to reuse those! COOL! Thanks for sharing!

    • glenbrook profile image


      8 years ago

      Very cool lens. I'm working on a little computer that can fit in a tin.

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      8 years ago

      Great ideas--I make rattles from them or simply use them as rattles as is.

    • retta719 profile image


      8 years ago from United States

      Great project ideas! I use my Altoid tins for needle and bead containers, but I've been looking for some other uses because I have a few tins sitting here that need used ;)

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      Sensitive Fern 

      8 years ago

      I have the tins..I have the polymer clay and everything else. Now I just have to get brave and do something with them. Great lens. Blessed by a Squidoo Angel.

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      Evelyn Saenz 

      8 years ago from Royalton

      Wonderful ideas for using empty Altoids tins.

      Just added a link to this lens on my empty Altoids tins Ebay auction.

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      Kylyssa Shay 

      8 years ago from Overlooking a meadow near Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

      Sweet re-purposing lens! I love to use candy tins to create etchings. I used to love Alyoids tins for that purpose but now they have raised lettering on them. I'm working on figuring out how to put two Altoid tin bottoms together in an attractive way to make a new, etched tin.

    • hlkljgk profile image


      9 years ago from Western Mass

      cute, eco-friendly repurposing ideas

    • JenOfChicago LM profile image

      JenOfChicago LM 

      9 years ago

      Great ideas! I like to use them as a holder for a mini-first aid kit.

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      9 years ago

      Great information. Thanks for sharing it.

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      9 years ago

      Yes, I do love this lens! Very neat ideas!

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      9 years ago

      cool lens, great ideas

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      Carol Goss 

      9 years ago

      Very nice lens, I don't care for Altoids but would use the tins

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      9 years ago

      Lovely lens, dear!

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      9 years ago

      thank you for showcasing my tins from flickr, if you'd ever like a quick exlpalnation of what i used let me know, just contact me through flickr. Thanks, dreamglow aka courtney

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      9 years ago

      I love finding ways to use things instead of throwing them out! Great idea.

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      10 years ago

      Nice, this will give me something to do with the kids!

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      10 years ago

      Howdy! This is very clever. I'll pass along this new use for Altoid's cans. Good job!

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      10 years ago

      Wow, another great idea. I just came from a lens where the recycled old Mouse Pads! What great brains we have in the thing called Squidoo! Five stars to ya. Got a moment, stop by and visit my lenses. I have a new one called Ladies Head Vases.

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      10 years ago

      Great altered art recycling tips for after the candy is all gone! :o) Kudos!

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      cherangelry lm 

      10 years ago

      Love these ideas! I decorated my dorm room freshman year with altoid tins! It was a great conversation starter!

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      dreamsgate lm 

      10 years ago

      Wow, you have a lot of great projects. Should keep me busy for a while. :)

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      10 years ago

      now I can recycle my tins, thanks for the heads up! :)

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      10 years ago

      These little tins are so versatile... I like the idea of the tic tac toe game.

      Fun craft!


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      Cheryl Kohan 

      10 years ago from Arizona

      These are GREAT ideas! I think I have some polymer clay around here somewhere...

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      10 years ago

      Very CREATIVE lens - well done ****

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      K Linda 

      10 years ago

      Very nice lens! I love the idea of recycling stuff into something useful and beautiful. 5*s

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      Linda Jo Martin 

      10 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      I love little tin boxes. Thanks for some great ideas on what to do with my collection!

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      10 years ago

      So cool! I remember seeing an Altoid tin used as a magnetic travel tic tac toe game somewhere. Maybe I can put the girls to work on a new crafty project this weekend. I know I have a few of these lying around the house and you've got some great ideas here. Thanks for sharing.

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      beeobrien lm 

      10 years ago

      Who knew! Cool ideas.

    • Winter52 LM profile image

      Winter52 LM 

      10 years ago

      I know that there are some tins lying around our house too. Never thought of doing anything with them. Thanks for the idea. The little sewing kit would be perfect for travelling.

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      Shannon Chiarenza 

      10 years ago from Vancouver bc

      I've a got a few tins lying around that I think I will try recycling. Great lens


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