How-To: Recycled Mint Tins with Washi Tape and Mod Podge

August 17, 2012

Craft Projects, Recycled & Green


I love a good upcycling craft, I love little storage containers, and I also love Washi Tape. This, my friends, is therefore my “Trifecta” of crafting- a project that recycles mint tins- like the ones for Altoids- into happy little storage tins!

To make them, you’ll need:

  • Recycled mint tin (I used Altoids)
  • Sandpaper/spraypaint (optional)
  • Mod Podge (I like matte)
  • Mod Podge Dimensional Magic (I used silver- it has glitter in it)
  • Washi Tape
  • Paper or chipboard embellishments if desired

First, if you like, you can scuff up the tin with the sandpaper and give it a base coat of spray paint. You can also use some needle-nose pliers and separate the top from the bottom of the tin- but frankly, I’m WAY too lazy for that. I just put a quick coat of Gesso on the top of my tin and let it dry for 10 minutes. You’re going to decoupage the Washi Tape down anyway, but a coat of Gesso/white paint will keep the colors on the tin from showing through the translucent tape.

After your paint has dried, lay down your Washi Tape. I used this cool chevron from Queen & Co because you can match up the pattern!

Trim away the excess with a craft knife. For the corners, you’ll need to make little snips like darts so that it folds down smoothly. Burnish it all down with your fingernail.

Trim excess away with a craft knife.

As you can see from the photo above, I also ran a strip of tape around the base of the tin, just below where the top snaps in place.

Next, add a coat of Mod Podge all over- it’ll keep the Washi Tape from peeling up.

I used matte formula for this step.

Now you can add some paper embellishments or chipboard- the Mod Podge will act like the glue. For this one, I used a chipboard element that has a negative space- which I then filled with Mod Podge Dimensional Magic. LOVE that sparkle!

The new Silver Mod Podge Dimensional Magic formula has silver glitter mixed in.

In my other tins, I added some Mod Podge Dimensional Magic on top for a super-glossy top coat. I like that look, too.

I use these little tins in my studio to hold jewelry findings, UTEE, little punched embellishments, and office supplies. But you could also…

  • make little sewing kits
  • gather first aid supplies for your purse or backpack
  • keep your business cards in them
  • use it as a place to park your jewelry while traveling
  • create gift boxes for earrings, gift cards, or other small presents

…I could go on all day! I hope you’ll make a few- it’s so much fun!


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18 Responses to “How-To: Recycled Mint Tins with Washi Tape and Mod Podge”

  1. Lynda Says:

    Jenny, Wow! Never thought about using Washi tape to cover those little tins (which I have gobbs of!!). Thanks.

  2. Brenda B Says:

    Awesome…you are just so clever!

  3. Vicki O'Dell The Creative Goddess Says:

    1) Great project! I’m thinking of making some for giving gift cards during the holidays this year. Seriously cute!
    2) You must have the freshest breath in NE Ohio. :)

  4. Kathie Says:

    How very cute! I need to go get some altoids now so I’ll have some little tins to decorate!

  5. jengd Says:

    THANK YOU for this one! I have LOADS of tins that I’ve saved over years and my mother has given me. I was supposed to make a bunch of paper covered ones for her last year for her church’s Christmas bazaar but getting the papers just the right size is a complete pain and I never got around to doing it. This is such a great and easy way to cover the tins. I think she’ll get those tins this year.

  6. jilliene isaacs Says:

    I absolutely love this idea! Thank you so much for sharing!!

  7. brandi Says:

    I love this idea as I’m constantly repurposing small tins. Bookmarked for future reference thanks!

  8. Summer Says:

    What a great idea! I have been saving some tins that I was going to cover with paper but I just love the Washi tape idea!

  9. Amanda @ Serenity Now Says:

    How cool to see the Dimensional Magic in action! Love your repurposed tins. The “M” is my favorite!

  10. Jenny Says:

    Thanks, Amanda! : )

  11. Shannon @madiganmade Says:

    So cute! I’m addicted to crafting with Altoids tins… and I love the idea of using washi tape!

  12. Audra Says:

    I love this! I knew there was a reason I was saving all of my Altoids tins. I’m glad I was able to meet you last night at the Stitch Cleveland Etsy event.

  13. Steph @ The Silly Pearl Says:

    So cute! Love the monogram!

  14. Bonnie Says:

    Thanks so much for linking up to the Green Crafts Showcase! This project is so cute! I love little things like this! I’ll have the features up next Friday (September 7) so be sure to check back!

    -Bonnie @ Crafting a Green World

  15. Cassie Says:

    Hey there. I want to make some of my own with chipboard letters, but do not know how large it should be. How tall was the letter?

  16. Jenny Says:

    Not sure- maybe 1.5 inches? Really, there’s no formula. Just pick a size that a) you like and b) fits on the top of the tin!


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