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Altoids Pincushion Tin

Posted on June 18, 2011

Here is my version of an Altoids tin repurposed into a pincushion and sewing gadget box. The materials used in this project were from an Envelope of Doom (EOD) swap I participated in. If you aren’t familiar with an EOD swap, its where you put some crafting materials into an envelope and mail them off to your partner. The challenge is to use the materials you receive to make things for your partner and then return the finished items back to your swap partner. It was a fun swap and this pincushion sewing box was one of my creations from the materials I received from my partner.

I was inspired by this Altoids project which used a magnetic sheet on the inside of the lid to hold needles and such. There are lots of different crafting versions and great ideas on the web for reusing the tins.

Over at Craftsters Rackycoo’s tutorial is outstanding and has step-by-step photos showing how to decorate your tin. I used a few ideas from the post to finish off my Altoids pincushion box.

I hope my swap partner will enjoy her recycled Altoids tin as much as I did creating the little sewing box. Until next time, happy crafting to all!

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8 Responses to “Altoids Pincushion Tin”

  1. Lynne
    Jun 18, 2011

    A lovely piece of recycling. And what a challenging idea for a swap!


  2. sandy
    Jun 22, 2011

    Nice recycled handicrafts. I’m glad to have come across this blog. Earlier on, I came across another video about recycled stuff- it’s about recycled pvc handbags. You should see it. http://youtu.be/_-j74UKurr0


  3. Tara K
    Jun 22, 2011

    What a great idea! šŸ™‚


  4. timethief
    Jul 09, 2011

    This is such a great idea. I have quite a few Altiods tins and now I have a way to recycle and reuse them. Thanks. šŸ™‚


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  8. Helen Greene
    Jul 25, 2016

    It is a pretty good way to recycle Altoids Tin. Thank you for sharing this idea here. I have one tin with me. I will use this recycle method and make it a good sewing gadget box.



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