Rockin’ Tin Redux

My young nephew collects little rocks he finds on his walks and wanderings {as many that can fit in his tiny hand}. I have a multitude of Altoids tins that have been collecting dust in the studio waiting for their up-cycled second life.  So, I thought I’d {finally} re-purpose a couple them and make him collection boxes to keep his rock treasures all together and handy.

Altoids Tin Redux

It’s super easy to apply an air dry or self hardening clay directly to the top and sides. I used my paper mache clay made from recycled newspaper and cardboard. Allow to dry as is, or add words & whatnots with clay stamps. I tried to make these look like rocks themselves with texturing and paint.Rock Collection Boxes

Add some velvety fabric or flocked paper with a glue gun. This is beneficial for muffling the sound of rocks in a metal tin{which makes parents happy} and looks like a fancy display case when open.

Rock Collection Boxes

Be careful not to apply paper or fabric on the edges of the top of the tin as it won’t close properly {true story}. Now, to get rid of the writing on the outside of the tin, I tried everything I had {from nail polish remover to paint thinner} PLUS everything Mr. D had {mineral oil to auto solvents} and nothing worked. So, you can paint the outside or simply sand the lettering off with a fine sandpaper. This makes it look a little worn and rustic. Viola! Simple, up-cycled collector boxes.

Rock Collection Boxes by OliveLoaf Design

{Thanks SIL for the pics 😉 }


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