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Altoids Tin Picture Frame
writes, "It's school picture time! What will you do with all those tiny extra portraits? Make a mini homemade frame in an always-charming Altoids tin."

Altoids tin
Small portrait
Corner-rounding tool {optional}
Double-stick tape
Glue {glue stick, hot glue}
Embellishments: magazine pages, decorative paper, bits of fabric seam binding, ribbon, trim

1) Frame It
Choose a portrait to fit your tin {Altoids come in the regular size as well as tiny "Smalls."} Use scissors or a corner rounder to trim the corners. A 1/2" corner rounder made the corners fit perfectly.

2) Decorate It
Layer the main part of the tin with colorful paper and bits of decorative trim. We used double-stick tape to attach patterned magazine pages as a background behind our portraits. We attached fabric trim {ribbon & seam binding} around the inside edge using hot glue.

3) Spell It
The inside of the shallow lid is the perfect place to spell a name or list the date. First, use double-stick tape to attach decorative lined paper for a back-to-school background. Then, cut letters and numbers from magazine pages. A glue stick is ideal for attaching tiny pieces of paper.

More Ideas:
~ These frames are perfect for a parent or grandparent who travels. Tuck one inside their suitcase. Include a little folded note for an extra-special touch.

~ Attach a magnet to the back for a fridge-worthy frame.

~ Convert your Altoids frame into a hanging ornament: Use strong glue or tape to attach a loop of ribbon or rick-rack to the back of the tin, open it up, & hang on the tree. Tuck these away to give during the holidays.

Catie Eyer
Artist, mom, and blogger at http://five-ten-fifteen.blogspot.com/


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