Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Turning Mint Tins into 3-D Ornaments

The plan for this year is to have a Victorian/Steampunk-ish Christmas, which means making some new ornaments out of "found" objects and things I already have around the apartment. These are my first ornaments made out of mint tins. I really like the way they turned out and I'd like to make more.

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Spray paint that is made to adhere to plastic and metallic spray paint both worked well to cover the tins.

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I covered the tops of the boxes with Victorian Christmas pictures that I found on the internet and framed them with gold pipe-stem cleaners and glitter glue.

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I used a regular glue stick to attach the background pictures and then Super Glue for the trim.

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A 12 pt. font worked well for typing out the words on the inside of the box and double sided tape added a little dimension to the moon. 3-dimensional scrapbook stickers can also be used for this effect.

This is my favorite of the two I've created so far:
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The outside of the box is a picture of Queen Victoria and her family celebrating Christmas, while on the inside, a little chimney sweep (played by Blaze) is asleep on a roof top, with his stocking hung on the chimney.

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Mint tins can also be decorated, without the 3-dimensional elements, and used as boxes for gift cards.

4 comments:

Anet said...

Oh, I just love these! Can't wait to see what other delights you come up with.
It will be a fun steampunky Christmas!

Michelle L. said...

These are really cool! I love the details inside the tins, and the outsides are very rich looking. Great project!!!

Ticia said...

Very cool. I love Altoid tin crafts.

lobsterleyla said...

What an amazing idea! I love this, it's more than just crafts, one could make some Art out of it. The last one is my absolute favorite!

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