101 uses for Altoid tins

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101 uses for Altoid tins

Post: #82616 mrsflibble
Tue Jan 29, 2008 6:50 pm

I have many knocking about with various bits of stuff in.

but what else can I use them for? what else can i put in them?
1. needles
2. nails
3. screws
4. small crafting stickers
oh how I love my tea, tea in the afternoon. I can't do without it, and I think I'll have another cup very
ve-he-he-he-heryyyyyyy soooooooooooon!!!!

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Post: #82618 Mainer in Exile
Tue Jan 29, 2008 6:51 pm

5. small bits of fishing tackle

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Post: #82629 Thurston Garden
Tue Jan 29, 2008 7:39 pm

Had to google Altoids :shock:

I have a similar tin in my landy for:

6. Loose change for parking meters/sneaky cream cakes when out and about.
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Post: #82630 Martin
Tue Jan 29, 2008 7:45 pm

despite having recently decided to give up my lady nicotine, I have used a long succession of Altoids tins as the perfect fag tin......usually lasting until the little lugs on the tin finally break off..... :dave:
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Post: #82639 Annpan
Tue Jan 29, 2008 9:11 pm

8. For playing Peaver with.




Can't find an explanation of what Peaver is on the web - It is a Scottish/Glasgow version of hop-scotch. You place a stone (or Peaver - a flat heavy stone or shoe polish tin weighed down with gravel) on the first box, and hop over it... then you progress up the numbers throwing or skidding your 'peaver' onto the appropriate number, and hopping over it.

Does that make any sense?

edit to add picture of peaver board
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I also had to google Altoids - for anyone else it's an old style flat sweet tin
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Post: #82641 Amaranth
Tue Jan 29, 2008 9:24 pm

9. Readymade magazine had a contest on this and one person did mini-speakers. Here's the link to how they did it.
http://readymademag.com/printarchive/article?id=543
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Post: #82689 mrsflibble
Wed Jan 30, 2008 10:23 am

oh my god i so need those speakers.
yes, sorry about the sltoid mix-up, I'm a uge fan of these little sweets. it is not legal for them to sell cinnamon or wintergreen ones here due to eu restrictions on colours and flavourings; yet they are made in Wales. I even offered to go to the Kraft factory and slip someone a fiver to let me have some but got a flat "no way" in an email reply; so I cajoled my email buddy into sending me a couple of tins... she sent me 2 wholesale BOXES of each flavour in return for a couple of kid's dvds. This was 5 years ago. I'm down to my last 3 tins of wintergreen and last ONE of cinnamon.... but I still have the boxes!!!
Recently I found a tin of ginger flavour on sale at a shop called Cybercandy just off covent garden. I'm currently munching my way through those.
so, ginger and strong mint are aparently the only flavours which can legally be sold here.

aaaaanyway.... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Altoids
oh how I love my tea, tea in the afternoon. I can't do without it, and I think I'll have another cup very
ve-he-he-he-heryyyyyyy soooooooooooon!!!!

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Post: #82691 mrsflibble
Wed Jan 30, 2008 10:35 am

9. prize for party game. decorate altoid tin with stuff, put some form of trinket inside and wrap in many layers of newspaper....
oh how I love my tea, tea in the afternoon. I can't do without it, and I think I'll have another cup very
ve-he-he-he-heryyyyyyy soooooooooooon!!!!

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Post: #82733 Amaranth
Wed Jan 30, 2008 4:47 pm

11. Here's one for a postage dispenser
http://www.garrettfam.com/altoids/

12. Pinhole camera
http://www.chriskeeney.com/photography/ ... tyCam.html

13. Clock
http://www.flickr.com/photos/readymadem ... 005281425/

14. USB charger
http://dailydiy.com/2008/01/12/9v-altoid-usb-charger/

15. Ipod case (about halfway down page)
http://www.zzilch.com/blog/?cat=26

16. Decorated with needlework
http://www.victoriasampler.com/VS_Club/ ... _Scissors/

17. Fondue set (though I would check with the manufacturer about food safety of the metal when heated before making this one and I'd like a more sturdy support as well for stability. The wire might or might not be food safe. I'd use a fork or wooden food skewer.)
http://readymademag.com/blog/2006/02/03/diy-fondue-set/

18. LED tester
http://dailydiy.com/2008/01/29/led-altoids-tester-2/

19. 72 hour emergency kit
http://www.survival.com/best.htm

20. Wallets
http://www.roxycraft.com/altoidstinwallet.htm
http://www.instructables.com/id/Altoids-Tin-Wallet/
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Post: #82743 mrsflibble
Wed Jan 30, 2008 5:35 pm

omg i love the clock! I have a clock kit in one of my boxes!!! woot!
oh how I love my tea, tea in the afternoon. I can't do without it, and I think I'll have another cup very
ve-he-he-he-heryyyyyyy soooooooooooon!!!!

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Post: #90893 jlj
Fri Mar 21, 2008 9:03 am

I've filled mine with tiny pieces of candle wax to use to power my pop pop boats. (pop pop boats are little toy tin boats)

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Post: #91038 the.fee.fairy
Sat Mar 22, 2008 12:01 am

Mini shrines...as commonly found on Craftster.

Mini wallets'purses/bags...also found on Craftster.

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Post: #91156 mrsflibble
Sat Mar 22, 2008 6:22 pm

My little brother is getting speakers for his ipod in 2 ATs for his birthday.
one holds a speaker and the amp, the other holds the other speaker and the battery for the amp.
oh how I love my tea, tea in the afternoon. I can't do without it, and I think I'll have another cup very
ve-he-he-he-heryyyyyyy soooooooooooon!!!!

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Post: #91697 Thurston Garden
Tue Mar 25, 2008 9:51 pm

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Post: #91833 mrsflibble
Wed Mar 26, 2008 4:01 pm

:shock: wow!
oh how I love my tea, tea in the afternoon. I can't do without it, and I think I'll have another cup very
ve-he-he-he-heryyyyyyy soooooooooooon!!!!


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