Sunday, September 6, 2009

Spice Up and Altered Tin with Bo Bunny!

Altered Mini Tin Featuring Top Pocket

Totally functional, this pretty little 2x3x5/8” altered tin is perfect accessory in your purse to carry candy or pills, and with a photo cropped and tucked into the inside top lid, it even works as a mini “brag book”! I thought I would share a step by step on how I made this little project, which can be applied to an Altoid tin or any other little tin storage container. I actually found this tin under a park picnic table. It was an empty one of these:

To create this little project, gather these supplies:
BoBunny Products
BoBunny Kitchen Spice papers in Allspice, Cloves, and Nutmeg
BoBunny Kitchen Spice Candy Jewel (as well as cut out stems from chipboard packaging)
BoBunny Time With Grandma Cardstock Sticker (tag)
BoBunny Double Dot cardstock in Wild Berry
BoBunny Double Dot ribbon in Cranberry
3x2 tin or other small tin
Krylon copper spray paint
220 grit sandpaper
Fiskars corner border punch (lace & lattice)
inks: Colorbox brown, AAM chocolate, Staz-On by Tsukineko in teal
Acrylic Stamp: “how sweet” sentiment (unknown)
Marker: Sharpie fine point in brown
Adhesives: Mod Podge and Zip Dry paper glue

How To:
1. If tin has embossed letters use a mallet, or in my case, the rounded end of my Making Memories hammer, with a mouse pad under the tin, to pound and “flatten” out the raised letters. The letters will not disappear, but they will be less distinct, which will make adhering paper easier to do.

2. Use 200 grit sandpaper to sand painted tin, top and bottom. Wash thoroughly and let dry.

3. In a well ventilated area, use Krylon Copper Spray paint to coat top and bottom sections of tin. Follow directions on can and allow to dry thoroughly.

4. Using top lid as a template, trace around edge of lid onto Cloves floral paper. Cut out, ink edges, and use Mod Podge to adhere to lid top. Note: positioning and sizing paper for lid top prior to gluing helps determine if more paper needs to be trimmed off along edges. Note 2: With a generous coat of mod podge on top of lid cover, apply Cloves paper, working paper into crevices created by the embossed lettering.

5. Cut scant ¼”x12” strip of Nutmeg paper, ink edges, and apply as a band around the sides using Mod podge. Overlap as needed.

6. Use Ranger distress ink on covered lid, allowing ink to emphasize the bumps and slight folds caused by the uneven surface. This will give the tin an aged, vintage look. Continue on paper band and sides of tin. Add gem sticker to center of flower on Nutmeg patterned paper if desired.

7. Again, using lid as a template, cut lid shape out of Allspice paper. Trim 1/2 away. If desired, use border punch to add a decorative edge. With cream patterned side facing up, fold down top portion as shown.

8. Stamp sentiment on Nutmeg paper (blue dot side). Cut out strip and position onto Allspice paper as shown.
9. Use strong glue, such as Zip Dry to adhere pocket along edges.
10. Use micro-tip scissors to cut two leafy stems from Kitchen Spice Candy Jewel collection. If desired, spray with Glimmer mist. Add two tiny flowers with glue dots to the stems and tuck into pocket.

11. To make tag adhere heart design from “with Grandma” sticker sheet to Wild Berry Double Dot cardstock. Trim around edges, and attach 4” piece of Cranberry Double Dot ribbon. Write message on back side of tag and tuck into pocket if desired.

12. Fill with a treat or other small gift for recipient. If desired, trim a wallet sized photo to fit on inside of tin lid, using glue dots to hold in place.

Party Favor! This pretty tin would make a great party favor, or wedding favor filled with M&Ms in the wedding party colors. Using a computer, the backside of the cardstock in which the tag sticker is mounted on could read, "Thank you for sharing our special day."

However, if you are not planning a party this pretty tin adds style to any purse, or give it as a gift filled with sweet treats to someone in need of a smile.


Dawne Carlisle said...

I love your altered container! It is absolutely beautiful... and so creative! The colors are stunning. Thank you so much for the step by step tutorial!!

~Christina~ said...

What a wonderful works of art you have turned these into! I have saved a couple of these very tins and wasnt sure what to do with them. Thanks for the great ideas!