You Will Need ...
  1. Duct tape

  2. Empty Altoid tin

  3. Scissors

  4. Parchment paper (optional)

  5. Other decor: stickers, jewels, ribbon, tape, etc. (optional)

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Step 1: 

Start with an empty and clean Altoid tin. A quick wipe with a wet cloth should do the trick, but be sure to let it dry before decorating it! Tear off a strip of duct tape long enough to go around the perimeter of the tin, and affix it to the outside of the lid as shown in the picture.

Step 2: 

Be sure not to tape the tin lid shut!

Step 3: 

In order to fold the tape down neatly, use your scissors to cut small slits in the part of the tape that's sticking up. It's much easier to fold down each of the individual tabs instead of one great big piece of tape.

Step 4: 

Once you've folded down your first strip of tape, you can use more tape to completely cover the top of the lid.

Step 5: 

Flip the tin over, and repeat the same process! Start by wrapping a strip of tape around the outside of the bottom of the tin.

Step 6: 

Cut little slits into the tape, and fold the individual tabs down neatly.

Step 7: 

Use more tape strips to completely cover the bottom of the tin.

Step 8: 

If you want to add a little cross to your tin (it's a common symbol on first aid kits), you can use our duct tape sticker technique! Place a piece of duct tape on parchment paper and smooth down.

Step 9: 

You can cut smaller strips with more precision when they're on the parchment paper; you can even cut intricate designs if you like! Peel the strips off the parchment paper and apply to your tin.

Step 10: 

Once your tin is decorated, fill it with first-aid kit essentials! You can include things like Band-Aids, sterilizing wipes, packets of aspirin, tweezers, and the like. You can also include a few emergency numbers written on the inside of the lid, just in case you need to reach someone!

Step 11: 

If you're more worried about a chocolate emergency, fill your tin with candy instead! It's a perfect way to stash some emergency sweets!

Step 12: 

You can decorate your tin to match what's inside, whether it's a serious first aid kit, or a more fun treasure box!

Craft Length: 
15 - 30 minutes
Easy peasy (fun and simple)
Duct Tape: 
Purses and Bags
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Prep Time: 
5 minutes or less
1 adult per 5 children

Be sure that when you're wrapping your tin in duct tape that the tin is closed! Duct tape that gets trapped in the hinges or at the closure can prevent the tin from closing fully.