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Altered Watchmaker Tins

You’ve seen those watchmaker tins around. They make great little storage containers for small scrap supplies like beads, buttons and other odds and ends. They come in a few different sizes so more possibilities can be had. I hadn’t thought of altering them before, but came across a few ideas to inspire doing something a littlematthewmeadetinbox.jpg more with them and perhaps make them suitable for gift giving. I’ve purchased watchmaker tins from Lee Valley Tools in the past and I’m sure you can get them elsewhere also.

Matthew Meade lined the inside of a tin with pretty patterned paper and then filled the tins with “Tiny Summer Memories” to make a shadow box of sorts. You can read all about it here plus we’ve posted a photo above.

Another shadow box idea can be made from the tins themselves. Here is an example by Crafty Mule. They would make great fridge magnets.

What about taking the tins out of their container and attaching magnets to the back of each one. You can then organize your embellishments in them and put them wiltonfavourtin.jpgon a magnet board attached to the wall like Lisa Truesdell did as we previously posted here. You can also go an extra step and frame your magnet board like Double Happiness did here. Easy access for your supplies plus you get to look at them too!

Attaching photos to the glass lid of the tin is a cute idea for a grandparent gift. Here‘s an example shown by Rabbit Sun. You could attach magnets to the back for the fridge also, or just use the tin as a gift box.

Wilton has a free download available for printing out your own round labels for the tins.kada55060adventcalendar.jpg These would work great as party favours for a wedding. The download can be accessed here and a photo is shown above.

Here is another clever use of watchmaker tins. Kada55060 made them into an advent calendar, complete with magnets on the back to easily remove them and open up for a treasure. Photo is shown above.

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