Altered tins are a wonderful way to practice your assemblage skills and create something three dimensional. It can be a functional item, or something purely for decoration. This art form is a great way to use found items and combine mixed materials. There are a myriad of ideas out there, and I’ve gathered up ten examples of ones I think are totally awesome. So think twice before you throw that tin container in the recycling, it might just be the basis for your next creation!

The links below each photo will take you back to the original source. Some of these are items for sale, while others are inspirational images, and some will include a tutorial. Happy making!

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The Spice Girls

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The Tin Man

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Baby FoBot (Found Object Robots)

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Cheeky and Inspirational Dioramas

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Tart Tin Birdcage. This would make a cute cake topper!

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Pin Cushion and Storage Tin

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Polymer Clay Embellished Tin

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Secret Garden Diorama

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Magnetic Skating Rink Toy

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Magnetic Me Activity. This works well with a large tin, printable photo props and tutorial included!

Be sure to check out more Altoid Tin projects in the related stories below.