Tag Archives: Repurposing

Mint Tin Tic-Tac-Toe

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I’m at it again . . . trying to figure out fun ways to repurpose empty mint tins! I’ve already had a chance to try out my mint tin sewing kit, so this time I decided to make one into a game.

(1) Decorate the top with a tic-tac-toe symbol using paint, scrapbook paper, tape, ribbon, or fabric with embroidery (my choice!).

(2) Find five each of two different colors of buttons.

(3) Glue magnets on the buttons.

(4) You’re ready to play . . . perfect for home, the car, or restless little ones at a restaurant or waiting room.

Click the photo for a larger view, here for the super-cute version at Art + Baja that gave me the idea,  here for a tic-tac-toe game made of felt, and here for another wonderful mint tin craft by Look What Mommy Made!  ♥

Mint Tin Sewing Kit

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What’s that peeking out of my purse? My new on-the-go sewing kit! Recently a friend at church approached me (rather sheepishly) and said, “I heard you like to sew. I have this hole in my jacket pocket . . . ” Luckily I had one of those little hotel-freebie sewing kits in my bag, so we got him fixed up in no time. Then I ended up sewing on a button for someone on another outing, so I decided I’d be a bit more stylish for the next “emergency.”

(1) Find an empty mint tin.

(2) Do a rubbing on the top to make a template of the design.

(3) Use the template to cut out a piece of scrapbook paper or fabric, and then add a little a-la-mode. (I embroidered the outline of a first aid symbol in peach floss on scrapbook paper.)

(4) Glue on your new top, and fill the tin. Mine holds two of the freebies (which include needles, different colors of thread, a threader, safety pins, and extra buttons) and a pair of clippers to cut the thread (since I don’t have any scissors that small). Oh, and then I put in my little eyeglass-repair screwdriver and two band-aids. Did I forget anything???

If you’ve blogged about a repurposed mint tin, please send me a link in a comment and I’ll add it to this post. I have more tins waiting, so I welcome all your creative ideas! ♥

UPDATES: Josée at Cul de Sac sent this link to a “Wee Mouse Tin House” Etsy pattern . . . it’s so adorable!