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#G45DarkSide - Altered Altoid Tin

Posted by Graphic 45 10/25/2018 77 Comment(s) Videos,


Hello, G45ers!

 Welcome to a delightfully inspirational Graphic 45 blog post!  Today, Brand Ambassador from Canada, Nichola Battilana shares an Altered Altoid Tin and video to help get the creative juices flowing for our #G45DarkSide - October Challenge. If you are a fan of miniatures and whimsy you are going to love this project!  Also, there is only one more day to enter to win one of the twelve Fall Release prize packages, so be sure to leave a comment below.  



We have Twelve $95 Fall Release Prize packages, each prize includes a Princess
package and a Proper Gentleman - DCE!  

To enter to win leave a comment on the blog, on Facebook, and/or onInstagram.  

Winners will be announced on the blog Friday, October 26th, 2018


#G5DarkSide - Altered Altoid Tin

By Nichola Battilana


“I was so excited to see the challenge #G45DarkSide. This was just the prompt I needed to get to business on a project I’ve been thinking about for a long while.



I’m a big fan of altering altoid tins. You can create these tins to hold just about anything. Create a fancy little sewing kit. Keep one in your car filled with emergency bits and bobs. You can fit a surprising amount in those little tins.



I’ve created two #G45DarkSide tins here. One tin pairs papers from Communique—Deluxe Collector's Edition with brass Staples Decorative Hardware.




The other uses Floral Shoppe with shabby chic Staples Decorative Hardware


Inside, the tins contain a sort of storage space which, if careful, can fit a surprising amount of goodies!


All of the items above fit comfortably in that trap-door space.



My tins will be used as tiny portable travel altars. Each contains matches, a vile of herbs, incense, candles, gemstones, a tiny crystal ball, vessels for libations and offerings, magnetic images and more!



But if altars aren’t your thing… no worries! The tutorial I’ve created demonstrates how to cover an altoid style tin and create the trapdoor element inside. You should absolutely take those instructions to create something that suits YOU.






Altered Altoid Tin Tutorial for Graphic 45 by Nichola Battilana




Take this idea and run with it, making something filled with little things YOU find useful.” ~Nichola


Graphic 45 Supplies:

Floral Shoppe 12x12 Collection Pack

Communique—Deluxe Collector's Edition

Antique Brass Metal Clock Keys

Antique Brass Ornate Metal Keys

Shabby Chic Ornate Metal Key Holes

Antique Brass Stamped Metal Brads

Shabby Chic Ornate Metal Brads

Antique Brass Ornate Metal Key Holes



Other Supplies:

  • Cardboard
  • Charms
  • Small wooden blocks
  • Glue
  • Black ink pad
  • Altoid style tin
  • Bits and bobs to fill your tin


How fantastic!  Big thanks to Nichola for sharing this mesmerizing video tutorial.  We hope you are inspired to pull out your G45 goodies and try this tutorial.  Be sure to comment below and join us tomorrow to find out if you are one of the twelve winners of this week's contest! 


Happy Papercrafting!

77 Comment(s)

Anne Schilling:
10/25/2018, 10:59:25 AM

I squealed out loud when I saw how adorable these are! Great inspiration and now I am kicking myself for throwing out one of these tins!

Arianna Barbara:
10/25/2018, 11:09:22 AM

Wow! Wow! Wow! These projects are simply stunning!!! Thanks for sharing!!!

Paula R:
10/25/2018, 11:30:15 AM

What a very clever idea. Thanks.

Diana Dillon:
10/25/2018, 11:34:48 AM

These are absolutely adorable, and I know who to make one for.

10/25/2018, 11:49:35 AM

Fantastic little tins - a super inspirational idea! Thanks so much for showing us how to take ideas forward.

10/25/2018, 11:57:42 AM

How fabulous and so unique!! Love this idea.

Regina Harrison:
10/25/2018, 11:58:47 AM

I absolutely love these mini alter tins. Such a cute and creative idea.

Maryann Laursen:
10/25/2018, 12:00:18 PM

Such amazing and gorgeous projects here today. I love these little tins here, sooo sweet and beautiful. Super cool idea.

Linda Mayer:
10/25/2018, 12:00:58 PM

I have so many of these little tins...thanks for the inspiration. I need to get busy.

Sue MacFall:
10/25/2018, 12:14:48 PM

What a clever idea - beautifully executed.

Jan D., FL:
10/25/2018, 12:20:28 PM

So pretty and I love repurposed items. Very clever projects.

Graça Estitte:
10/25/2018, 12:21:31 PM

Absolutely adorable!

Gayle M Hocking:
10/25/2018, 12:31:56 PM

OMG! These tins are simply awesome! Now I will be saving little tins! LOL

10/25/2018, 12:36:53 PM

What a great idea! Already thinking Christmas presents!

Kate LeBlanc:
10/25/2018, 12:41:22 PM

Nichola, your tins are simply magical! Thanks for the inspiration and thanks to G45 for unleashing so many creative ideas with such beautiful collections!

Eleanor Williams:
10/25/2018, 12:45:19 PM

Love your paper collections, your staples & most of all your tips & tutorials. THANK YOU for all your inspiration.

Anne McIntosh:
10/25/2018, 01:02:17 PM

Amazing little boxes! I used to love repurposing Altoid and Sucrets tins. Alas, old fingers just don't work very well any more, but that doesn't keep me from admiring the talent and used of the product! Thank you!

Alexis Sharif:
10/25/2018, 01:20:19 PM

Very clever! Like the trapdoor. Thanks for the tutorial.

Theresa Bush:
10/25/2018, 01:25:59 PM

I think this is just a fantastic idea. Thanks so much for sharing with us. I have just the perfect person to make one for.

Julie smith:
10/25/2018, 01:28:51 PM

Adorable! Love this!

hana harpaz:
10/25/2018, 01:30:26 PM

amazing project . thank you for the inspiration . i have a lot of small tins. now i am going to alter them/

Bev Drake:
10/25/2018, 01:31:59 PM

The Graphic 45 ambassadors are just incredible with their amazing ideas & presentations. A wonderful tin which could contain many things. I love that these projects can be made without spending too much time too. If I don't have the suggested paper collection I have other G45 papers which will work equally as well as they are so versatile. Thank you for your great ideas.

10/25/2018, 01:36:59 PM

This is a great idea-thinking I will make one as a religious shrine. I love all the tiny items put inside the trap door. G45 design team is so unique on its creativity. Love it!

10/25/2018, 01:50:37 PM

The altered tin is absolutely exquisite. I love that floral shoppe was used - a favourite!

Ellen Haydon:
10/25/2018, 02:05:23 PM

I have never tried to do anything tin like, but with these directions and tips I am going to try. I'll use up some of my bits and pieces. They are both so cute.

10/25/2018, 02:13:06 PM

What a fantastic gift idea! Thank you for the great video!!

Deborah Cook:
10/25/2018, 02:13:54 PM

Nichloa, wow!! Love your altered tin. :) I've made some before but, they were not as cool as yours. You've inspired me to try to make another for myself. Thanks for sharing. :)

Charlene Brummitt:
10/25/2018, 02:19:23 PM

These are so cool. I love them

Katherine Buchanan:
10/25/2018, 02:24:30 PM

Oh WOW!!! Jaw dropping!!

Kirsty Vittetoe:

Load of craftiness, so sweet!!

10/25/2018, 03:05:31 PM

I love love love this Altoids box project. Going to empty my cinnamon mints right now.

Mary Jane:
10/25/2018, 03:13:05 PM

What a cute idea!

Barbara Millar:
10/25/2018, 03:19:15 PM

Very unique idea to use up old tins . Thank you for the inspiration

Jan Kennedy:
10/25/2018, 03:55:12 PM

Interesting to do tiny things like that....

Sharon Gullikson:
10/25/2018, 04:10:57 PM

What a cool idea. I like how you used a real stone for the closure, and the metal tree detail. You went all out!!

10/25/2018, 04:15:08 PM

Love these tins and all the fun embellishments used. Now I have to make some!

Susan Ashby:
10/25/2018, 04:18:07 PM

I used to alter these tins several years ago. I used to have my elementary students make special tins. It was such fun! These are more sophisticated and I love them! I’m anxious to start making them again. It will be fun to make them for friends. I’m retired sorry I can’t have my students make these. I love Graphic45 papers!

10/25/2018, 04:25:13 PM

Nichola, cool alterations! I love the G45 papers! I would love to win this prize with the great Proper Gentleman collection!

Jane S:
10/25/2018, 04:48:49 PM

What a great idea!

Lindsay S:
10/25/2018, 04:50:41 PM

I like how you used the embellishments

Glenda Buster:
10/25/2018, 04:54:31 PM

Love these altered Altoid tins. Thank you for the video tutorial. I think I have some of these tins. If not, I’ll be purchasing some Altoids. Lucky I like the mints

Martie Rollin:
10/25/2018, 05:04:33 PM

My hands are just too big for something this little!! While I won't be making one for myself, I can well appreciate all the work that went into this project! Wonderful prize offerings for this week!

Brian Poteraj:
10/25/2018, 05:26:25 PM

Very cool/creepy/Halloweeny. The miniature things like the broom are perfect for this tin. It is great how you reused the tin.

Nicki J:
10/25/2018, 05:34:03 PM

Awesome! Love these!

Sue D:
10/25/2018, 05:47:12 PM

Very unique altered tin!

tina z:
10/25/2018, 05:58:37 PM,

absolutely amazing idea!

Jean marmo:
10/25/2018, 06:06:21 PM

What a wonderful altered project. Thank you for the inspiration.

kathleen doyle:
10/25/2018, 06:11:14 PM

what can I say other than I HOPE I WIN!!!!!

Mary Holshouser:
10/25/2018, 06:54:30 PM

I just emptied some tins. going to go decorate them with the G45 papers I have on hand. thanks for the idea. txmlhl(at)yahoo(dot)com

Joyce G.:
10/25/2018, 06:59:24 PM

Very clever idea, thanks for sharing. Never thought of altering a Altoid box, we have a few of them empty.

Vanessa LeClear:
10/25/2018, 07:02:37 PM

These altered tins are so pretty, and I love the storage area inside!

Shari K.:
10/25/2018, 07:15:19 PM

Wow, a project combining my two favorite hobbies; miniatures and paper crafting! Really well done tutorial, and a clever idea that could be a customized gift filled with items in a specific theme. Thanks for sharing!

BarbMac Vt:
10/25/2018, 07:18:31 PM

Ooooo! I absolutely adore your altars and can’t wait to watch the video! Thank you for sharing!

Jackie Peduzzi:
10/25/2018, 08:41:39 PM

These altered Altoid tins are amazing! What a great idea, now I need to go buy some! Great tutorial and thanks for sharing!

Fran Diggle:
10/25/2018, 08:56:19 PM

These pieces are stunning and really do hold a lot. I have a mini medicine cabinet in one which will now need to be decorated! Thank you for the inspiration

Mathilde S:
10/25/2018, 09:05:12 PM

What a fabulous,creative idea.I love these tins

Corrine Hall:
10/25/2018, 09:44:30 PM

So cute, love it

Carla Hundley:
10/25/2018, 10:55:11 PM

Fabulous idea and looks so neat! Carla from Utah

Linda Imler:
10/25/2018, 10:58:35 PM

These would make great stocking stuffers.

Kathy Ruemler:
10/26/2018, 12:31:35 AM

What a cute idea. Will have to try this. Thank you for the inspiration!!

10/26/2018, 01:24:01 AM

Can anything be any cuter than this? Love the paper and repurposing idea! This would make such an amazing stocking stuffer! Thanks for sharing!

10/26/2018, 06:12:18 AM

Totally awesome tins. I love altered tins. I recently created 10 of them all from G45 papers to sell at a bazaar.

Suzy Q:
10/26/2018, 06:36:47 AM

Sooo clever!!! Luv this idea!

Sandra Featherston:
10/26/2018, 07:33:08 AM

So awesome! I love this idea.

Kathy Brown:
10/26/2018, 07:43:11 AM

These are sweet would it be to make one that has a little tea set.... :)

Bettina Kreuer:
10/26/2018, 08:06:40 AM

Again some gorgeous projects. Thanks for sharing

Debbie Siddle:
10/26/2018, 10:05:59 AM

Breathtakingly (not even sure if that's a word but appropriate) beautiful xxx

Terri Williams:
10/26/2018, 10:23:15 AM

I'm going to try this....really cute

Barbara G.:
10/26/2018, 11:41:13 AM

What a marvelous idea. I would love to try this!!

Elizabeth Harvey:
10/26/2018, 12:40:02 PM

I have been a huge fan of yours, Ms. Maker of Messes, thru Pixie Hill and your Rotten, Stinky Dragon tuts. So glad to see more of your clever ideas for G45! Brava!!

Elizabeth Harvey:
10/26/2018, 12:40:03 PM

I have been a huge fan of yours, Ms. Maker of Messes, thru Pixie Hill and your Rotten, Stinky Dragon tuts. So glad to see more of your clever ideas for G45! Brava!!

She Fowl:
10/26/2018, 03:39:31 PM

What cute tins...Will have to try.

Dianne Hart:
10/26/2018, 04:39:57 PM

Great idea for minitures ❣️

Sandy Artman:
10/26/2018, 06:51:01 PM

What great ideas! I just knew those empty tins would come in handy sometime.

10/26/2018, 11:33:35 PM

Love the trap door! I’m collecting little trinkets for my altar. Thank you for sharing.

Teresa Trump:
10/29/2018, 01:08:12 PM

I have been holding onto a few of these boxes for inspiration and a how to, especially the trap door. This is wonderful. I have the flower shop paper and plan to do this. Thank you. Where did you get the little wooden blocks?

Frances Armstrong:
10/30/2018, 12:06:27 PM

These tins are so cute. I wish I had kept all the tins we had at one time. Now I will have to go and find more. I need to make some of these. Love the paper used.

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