Altoids Tins can be repurposed into many different ideas once they’re empty. A quick search on Pinterest provides ideas like a mini first-aid kit, a mini sewing kit, and of course, a mini photo album. Here is the one pin image that shows the idea. You can modify these tins into a mini photo album by spray paint, washi tape, scrapbook paper, etc. Here is my Altoids tin photo album.
For this project, you will need the following supplies…
- Altoids tin (you can use other tins, but this idea is based around this size tin)
- Scrapbook paper and letters – See my DIY Project involving Scrapbook Paper
- Photo paper & photos of your choice
- Washi tape
For this project, I decided to cover the tin, so I started with the bottom and sides of the tin. They can be covered in washi tape or scrapbook paper to hide the nutrition information and expiration date. The top of the tin with the logo is covered with scrapbook paper and letters. M & W stand for Mozart and Winston, my two West Highland White Terriers.
To create the inside, I recommend starting with a template to make sure the accordion photo pullout will fit. You can make the template by tracing the lid onto scrapbook paper and folding the paper back and forth. Glue the last page to the bottom inside and side of the tin. I made a small flap on the first photo to make it easier to pull the fold out of the tin.
I printed five dog photos at the size of 1.5 inches by 2.5 inches. This left space around the photos for the background. You could fit wallet photos in the tin if you’d want your photos to be a little larger. Five photos fit on the inside of the fold out and four photos fit on the outside of the fold.