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Topic: Beaded/embroidered/felt-covered altoid tins (pic heavy) w/ instructions  (Read 5673 times)
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« on: September 02, 2009 03:56:46 PM »

I did my first beaded altoid tin for the Altoid Tin swap over the summer, and I liked it so much, I had to do another one. This time, I used an 'altoids smalls" tin. It's about half the size of a regular Altoids Tin.

This is the little guy....

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The inside!

Here is what the tin looks like before altering....

This is the first full-size tin I did for the swap....

So, how is it done? This method can be used for pretty much any other tin. First, you'll need to cut out your felt pieces. There will be four pieces total. With a marking pen, you need to trace around the top and bottom of your tin onto the felt. With a flexible measuring tape, measure the circumference of the edges of your tin, and how deep the lid and the bottom are. If you don't have a measuring tape, you can make a template by wrapping a strip of paper around your tin and then cutting it to size. From this, you will cut out your side pieces. You want them to be just slightly taller than the top and bottom pieces, so when you glue, you can pinch em together and no tin will show! If they are too tall, you can easily trim them up with embroidery scizzors.

Now you'll want to do whatever beading or embroidery design for the top of your tin. You can also embroider the side pieces if you want....

Once you're done with that, use the trusty hot glue gun to affix your felt to the outsides of the tin. Do the top piece first with a thin layer of glue. Then, do your side piece, starting at the back in the center of the hinge. Don't try to glue it all at once. I did mine in 1 centimeter sections, pausing to squish the top felt piece and the side pieces together. If a little glue squishes out, it's okay. Try not to use so much glue that it happens, but if it does, you can snip it off with tiny scizzors once it's hardened... Work around the edge until you've reached the back! Trim off any extra, then you're ready for the bottom half.

Repeat the same process, but this time, you might want to keep the tin open!! First time I did it, I pretty much glued the dang thing shut. Not fun.

And then.....embellish the inside with a little paper, and BAM! Fresh! Awesome! Little fun tin, just for you! And guess what you can keep in there?

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« Reply #1 on: September 02, 2009 04:12:07 PM »


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« Reply #2 on: September 02, 2009 04:13:50 PM »

This is so adorable!  Great job, thanks for the tutorial!!!
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« Reply #3 on: September 02, 2009 05:07:02 PM »

Love it. The cupcake one is really sweet, especially with all the sequins.
I like the detail on the birdy one, and the painting inside!
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« Reply #4 on: September 02, 2009 07:16:05 PM »

Really cute, nice job!

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« Reply #5 on: September 02, 2009 08:08:12 PM »

these are awesome. great job!

and thanks for the how-to, these could be cool little gifties!

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« Reply #6 on: September 03, 2009 06:56:54 PM »

Super Duper cute!

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« Reply #7 on: September 04, 2009 12:46:35 PM »

These are insanely cute!  I now have to have my bff and my big sis save their altoids tins for me,

I have a wicked idea for a needle nook/couch caddy!

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« Reply #8 on: September 07, 2009 07:11:14 PM »

Yes! perfect needle nook!

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