Have you ever bought something that, made you feel a little bit guilty to throw out when you were finished with it? Perhaps you’re just the kind of crafting enthusiast who’s always seeing DIY potential in even the smallest things, including the trash from your snacks? Then you’ll understand what we mean when we say that mint tins are a crafting gold mine!
Check out these 15 awesome little DIY projects made out of (or inside of) the small tins that Altoids and other mints come in! These innovative little trinkets make great decor on work desks or nice gifts for friends.
1. Mini succulent garden
Are you looking for a low maintenance way to add a little bit of greenery to your office cubicle, or maybe your small residence room at college, where larger house plants probably won’t flourish? Then a tiny succulent garden is the perfect idea for you! Instead of growing just a single succulent in a little pot, Free People suggests planting a couple of them side by side in a mint tin with a rock or two for extra decor just like in a real garden.
2. Mini pool “table”
Has your dad (or someone else you love) always enjoyed novelty trinkets and miniature games for the desk at work? Then Crafts Unleashed has an awesome little idea for a simple gift that will definitely give some amusement! This miniature pool table is made using foam, felt, and beads inside a rectangular shaped mint tin.
3. Felt snuggle buddies
If you’re a sewing enthusiast looking for a simple project then you can certainly put those skills to use in the realm of little mint tin crafts as well! Peas in a Pod guides you through the process
4. Lego to go
Are you part of a travel-loving family, so you’re always on the lookout for ways to keep your kids busy in the car? Books and colouring supplies are an awesome distraction from long driving hours for little ones, but sometimes they just need something to actually play with. That’s where a compact, easily stashed away toy set like this DIY mini lego set made in and on top of a mint tin by Mommo Design saves the day!
5. Mini mint BBQ tin
Perhaps someone you know is an avid camper and loves novelty things that come in miniature but actually work practically too? Then we have a feeling they’ll get a kick out of this tiny barbecue that actually lights and grills! Whether they actually use it for heating very small things outside their tent in the summer, or whether they just light it a few times, it still makes an awesome gift. Check the full instructions out on Instructables.
6. Travel “bugs”
Do you have a friend or family member who definitely has the “travel bug” and is always saving up their money so they can jet set off to somewhere new and exciting? Then it makes sense that you’d want to make them some little trinket to make them think fondly of you while they’re gone! We absolutely adore the idea of these little “travel bugs” by MmmCrafts. Make your very own little critter to travel with your loved one in a mint tin case!