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Altoids tins

We’re big fans of Altoids tins here at MAKE, which is why we love this awesome round-up of 22 Manly Ways to Reuse an Altoids Tin by The Art of Manliness. Highlights include: a pinhole camera, an urban survival kit, and my favorite, the fireball shooter. If, after reading that, you still don’t know what you want to create with your empty tins, check out Make: Online’s exhaustive archive of DIY projects that involve the useful little enclosure.

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Matt Richardson

Matt Richardson

Matt Richardson is a San Francisco-based creative technologist and Contributing Editor at MAKE. He’s the co-author of Getting Started with Raspberry Pi and the author of Getting Started with BeagleBone.


  • Anonymous

    my choice is to sand the paint off the front (works best on tins w/out raised lettering) and using it as an arduino enclosure… its just barely big enough for some small projects :)

    • http://mattrichardson.com/ Matt Richardson

      A while back I found these smaller Altoids tins that are the perfect size for a Teensy board: http://twitpic.com/3fnggc I haven’t figured out what I will make with them yet, though!

    • http://mattrichardson.com/ Matt Richardson

      A while back I found these smaller Altoids tins that are the perfect size for a Teensy board: http://twitpic.com/3fnggc I haven’t figured out what I will make with them yet, though!

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