this past week i have been passionately involved in nineties movie madness on best week ever, where the public can vote on the ninetiesest of nineties movies (go clueless!). the relevance of this to my diy is that in my mind, altoids are a very nineties food. if there was a nineties food bracket, i think altoids would go right to the top with dippin dots and blue m&ms. but for being so trendy in the nineties, altoids have definitely stood the test of time, and the tins are so fantastically useful that i am making them the diy material for the month of april. the best tins for these projects are old altoids tins, because somewhere along the line altoids changed the design so that the logo is now embossed on the cover. but fear not, because the old ones are easily found in thrift stores and there are also spin off brands like myntz, sucrets, etc. that have smooth tins. so grab a bunch and start passing out the mints! happy crafting! –kate
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What You’ll Need:
1. altoids tins or other mint tins
2. white primer spray paint
3. acrylic paint in various colors
4. masking tape or contact paper
5. exacto blade
6. tarp or scrap cardboard for spray painting
1. Clean out the tins and dry completely.
2. Open the tins and lay them flat and upside down on a tarp outside. Spray tins with a light even coat of primer and let dry for 30 min.
3. Spray tins with a second coat to cover all writing. Let dry.
4. Flip tins over and spray the inside with an even coat of paint. Let dry. You can now spray them with another color of spray paint if you want, but I chose to keep them flat white.
5. Using the masking tape or contact paper, draw the shape for the cover.
Carefully cut out the shape with the exacto knife and use the leftover cutout as your stencil.
6. Stick down the stencil and paint a layer of acrylic paint over the exposed area. Peel the stencil off while the paint is still wet to ensure a clean line.
7. Let dry completely.
8. Fill your tin with the necessary kit essentials.