I’ve been carrying an empty mint tin in my bag for months, trying to think of something crafty to do with it. I already use one for my echinaccea and vitamin c and another for earring bits, beads and buttons (because you never know). It finally occurred to me that I should keep my business cards in one too. Great! I ran to see if they fit – almost, but not quite. Easy fix. Used my corner cutters and–voila!–perfect fit. Now to decorate.
Here’s what I did:
Newman’s mint tin (which has a flat top surface)
Paper Modge Podge
Paper ( I used an old map)
Decorated piece of canvas or paper
Double sided adhesive sheet
Sharp, pointy scissors
1. Pop the lid off and sand with a bit with fine sandpaper, clean.
2. Decoupage small pieces of paper around the sides and edges of the lid with modge podge- small, thin pieces are crucial for getting around the curved corner edges. Be very generous with the modge podge.
3. Decorate a piece of canvas or paper for the top center piece. I painted onto a small piece of cotton canvas, stamping and adding text from an old book, arranging some words to create my own message.
4. Cut a piece of double sided adhesive to fit the back of your decorated piece. Stick into place onto the tin lid (make sure decoupage is dry first).
5. Using the sharp point of some scissors, CAREFULLY poke holes through the four corners of your decorated center piece. The tin is thin and fairly easy to poke through.
6. Re-attach lid onto tin.
7. Fit brads through the holes and adjust on the back side of the tin.
8. Cut a small piece of ribbon for the bottom of the tin. Cut a small square of double sided adhesive, the width of the ribbon. Adhere to the end of the ribbon, then place the sticky end of the ribbon to the inside, back side of the tin (see photo above).
I really like how it turned out. Now my cards are protected from spilled drinks, smeared lip gloss, pencil marks, and all thing messy that end up in my bag.