Tutorial.... Let's make... An Altered Altoids tin
you'll need: an empty Altoids tin....or two because once you make one you'll want to make more.
Ribbon if you want to hang it but you could used wire or use cotton reels for wheels or an wood candle holder.
Embellishments..... paper flowers , lace , tulle, moss... anything and everything
Foam tape or small pieces of foam core card
Decoupage glue and a hot glue gun
Baby wipes for your messy fingers
Step one: I'm going to take the lid off my tin ... to turn in into a shrine but you can leave it on.... the lids can be used in a later project. Sand the whole tin and when done... wipe off the dust... You want to get a tooth to the surface so the paint or paper will hold.... this is the time you can paint the whole tin but today I 'm going to just use the paper.... I like using spray paint ... in cream but also black looks good if you are making an Halloween tin... I have also used gold. If you are painting let your tin dry overnight .
Cut two pieces of your decorative paper to fit the inside and the back of the tin ...
I do the inside and then work on the outside....I know it looks like a lot of glue but I use this the seal the paper... use your fingers to push any air bubbles out... messy I know but you will get the paper to stick well .... I use brown ink to age the paper.
Step three: the sides needs to be covered I have used strips of my paper to do this ... lace , thin ribbon but I love the Tim Holst's tissues tape myself.
If you are hanging your tin this is a good time to add the ribbon or wire ... you can drill holes before you start sanding your tin.
I push the ribbon through glue and then cover with more tissue tape or masking tape...
Step Four.... play time...cover the sides with glue...covering the tissue tape to hide the ribbon.... add lots of glitter and let dry ...... when dry... tip out the surplus glitter
while you are waiting for the glue to dry, cut your images out ... I like to use small nail scissors...
Arrange your images... using the foam tape or I sometime use small cut pieces of foam core card and bump out you images to make them 3D
I now add the embellishments....
I add banners, pieces of floral picks.. more images, wide ribbon, paper flowers, seam binding ribbon mixed with tulle.
Just about everything and anything.Lastly I'm using a candle holder as a base ... I stained it with ink and added some more tulle and ribbon and some flowers
Almost done I believe the back should be as pretty as the front so I added a rosette and don't forget to sign your masterpiece.
Okay so off you go..... Create, Play and Enjoy
Please let me know if you create a tin..... I would love to see it
Thank you to Evelyn Kennedy Duncan at http://ekduncan.blogspot.com/
for the use of the Maria image
for the freebie of the vintage floral print banners