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Saturday, April 28, 2012

Road Trip Altoids

Pretty much everyone in my family carries Altoids in their car. (My family is my best source of empty tins!) The other day, my Dad called and asked me to decorate the outside of a tin for his travel Altoids. He didn't have a preferred theme, but I know he loves to travel, and he loves old cars. While I was pondering what to do, I thought about how dependent I am upon my GPS, and how he and my Mom still prefer using a map. I have a terrible sense of direction, so I have tons of maps left over from my pre-GPS existence. Perfect! A map tin!

The top is part of the map showing where my parents and siblings live, with "road trip!" spelled out in tiny stickers. I used 7Gypsies rubdowns for the pointy hand and the vintage truck.

Around the side, their home state, South Carolina.  The bottom of the tin includes the area I live in. You could almost use this map to get to my house, but you'd have to fill in some of the gaps between the top and the bottom!

Because this tin will be used for mints, I didn't decorate the inside. Here it is, filled with tasty Altoids mints. The paper sleeve that came with this tin says, "Open Your Mint Hole". Nice.
 I put several extra coats of Mod Podge on this tin, since it will be used often. I hope my folks enjoy it every time they're in the car.


  1. This is darling! I so love the map on there, especially since it is a specific place...near and dear to your family. If you get a chance, link it up over at The theme is travel/abroad. Everyone would love to see this cutie! TFS!

  2. Your project is so stinking cute, I love it! I so have to do this!!

  3. Very cute! Love the use of the map, I have a lot of old maps too.

  4. Love it, and it makes us so proud when family likes what we do! Hug your Dad from me!

  5. Thanks, everyone. I love altering tins! curlyqmosaics, thanks for the link to Paper Issues. I did post over there. :)

  6. This is absolutely fantastic!! I am so glad that Amy gave you the link! Thank you for linking up with us! We featured you today!

  7. I am so glad you linked it up! Everyone loves it! :)

  8. This is fabulous - and genius too..
    Thanks so much for sharing!

  9. Asolutely wonderful. Found this pinned on Pinterest and followed the pin to your blog.

    Lots of wonderful and inspiring work!

  10. I would LOVE to know how to do this!


  11. @Sweet Annabelle: I have a tutorial for covering tins here:


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