Recycled Backyard: Altoids Garden in a Tin

Jill Staake

I’m an Altoids addict. The empty green tins of spearmint-flavored Altoids litter my house, my car,  my office… and I’m always looking for something creative to do with them. Inspired by a (surprisingly expensive) product I saw in a catalog, I decided to get crafty and create some Altoid-themed “Garden in a Tin” gifts for friends and family this year. 

What You Need:

  • Empty Altoid tin
  • Seeds (see below)
  • Ribbon
  • Scissors and Glue
  • Paper and computer or art supplies

Seed Suggestions:
Altoids come in six different flavors, but it might be difficult to find some of them in stores depending on where you live. Choose seeds with scents or colors that remind you of the flavor(s) of  Altoid you use. Here are some seed suggestions for a few of the flavors:

What To Do:

  • Wipe out the empty tin to remove any candy dust.
  • With the tin open, apply a thin layer of glue around the edge of the bottom of the tin. Cut a length of ribbon and press it into place, tying it into a bow at the top of the tin.
  • Fold the seed packets in half and place them inside. Close the tin.
  • To create the label for the back of the tin, you have two options:
    • If you’re computer savvy, create a label 2.25 inches by 3.5 inches with images of the seeds you’ve chosen.
    • If computers aren’t your thing, trace the tin shape onto a piece of paper, and use your own art skills to draw, paint, or just hand-write the contents of the tin.
  • Cut out the label and glue it to the back of the tin. Allow to dry.

And that’s it – you’re ready for gifting! If you have seed suggestions for any of the Altoid flavors, we’d love to hear them, so be sure to drop by the comments below and share.

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