Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Altered Tin

Who would have thought this tobacco tin could be so pretty. This is one of the few brands that have a metal can. Most are plastic. It has a plastic liner around the bottom inside edge, but the remainder of the can is metal.
Of course I don't chew or dip or whatever you call it! I personally think it is a bad, nasty addiction. I know someone who does use this, and that is where my tin came from.
Below are the steps to show how I altered this tin.

Be sure to click on the photos for a closer view.

The first two photos show what the can looked like before it was altered.

To start altering it, I added a big "glob" of glitter glue to the top. I used the inexpensive kind you find around Christmas at the Dollar Tree or the 99 cent stores.
You can find it almost anywhere you buy craft supplies.

I applied a generous amount of glue to work with.

Then I picked out a few pretty elements from my button and bead collection and placed them around on the glitter glue. I used the very small pearls and seed beads to fill in.

After the glue dried for a day or so I brushed on gold leaf paint around the edges. This step can be done before the glue and elements are added to the top.
Either way works fine.

The edges could be further embellished with trim of my choice but I prefer my tin without more trim. This is my finished tin and it was so quick and easy!


artsyclay said...

What a transformation! Quite beautiful!

RecycleCindy said...

Your recycled tobacco tin is fabulous. I love how you upcycled something that would be otherwise thrown in the trash and created a beautiful item. Great job and enjoyed visiting your site from BlogCatalog. Best wishes and hope to see more cool recycled projects from you.


Mrs.Kwitty said...

Very pretty!!
Smiles, Karen

Crafty Green Poet said...

very pretty, what a great idea!

Mama Bee Simple said...

That looks so cute and precious. Handmade are always the most best treasures anyone can have. Unique and made with extra love.

Thanks for the comment on my blog! I added a new post if you would like to see... not sure what I think of it though :(

Keep up with blogging, me talented? more like you ^.^

Speak soon & take care!
Monika xo

Anonymous said...

I really like this! great idea!


Joey :)

FrancesM said...

That came out really nice! Do you use Stickles glitter glue? That is my favorite!

I would love it you'd visit my blog - I scrapbook!



Virginia said...

What I did to get colored elastic is to put the cord on top of some absorbent paper and use some permanent markers and color the elastic what ever color you want. I think I would stick to permanent markers though.