How-To: Altoids Tin Abacus

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.

85 Articles

By 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.

85 Articles

Article Featured Image


Here at Makezine, we’re usually posting about all the high tech stuff that makers can jam into a small mint tin. However, Instructables user eclipsed takes an altogether different tack. Her how-to guide walks you through the process of turning an Altoids tin into a pocket abacus. To make your own, all you’ll need is an awl, some wire, beads, and of course an Altoids tin. While I don’t think I’ll be deleting the calculator app on my phone anytime soon, I think this cute and smart project is just another example of the creative possibilities with these popular tins.

Explore More From Make: