Creative Inspiration: Accidental Altered Mint Tins Collection

Craft & Design


For someone who doesn’t like flying, I sure end up traveling an awful lot. (I blame the fact that most of the craft-related events that I attend seem to be on the West Coast, while I live in NYC.) The problem is, between family excursions and business trips, I often find it hard to commemorate my trip without dragging home a bunch of keepsakes that will just end up cluttering my already too-small apartment. With that in mind, while I’m preparing to head out to California once again—this time for the Craftcation Conference in April—I’ve been keeping an eye out for a fun, creative way to document the experience without weighing down my luggage. And, when I came across Silvia Chenault’s accidental altered mint tins collection, I knew that I’d found just the idea I’d been looking for. I was utterly charmed, and I think you will be too.




I’ve been wanting to share my accidental altered mint tins collection with you for some time now. I say it’s an accidental collection, because I didn’t start putting these together with the purpose of creating a collection. It just so happens that over the years they have accumulated into what I think is the beginnings of a collection and I find that maybe I should do a small series of art using the tins.

From mini sewing kits to stitch markers to paper hexagon templates, I already use empty Altoids tins to store tons of things around my craft studio. Thing is, I’ve been so focussed on their more utilitarian uses, that it’s never occurred to me to use them for more creative projects too. I am so inspired by Silvia’s collections—and the challenge that finding the perfect tiny items presents—that I can’t wait to start a mint tin collection of my own!

Want to know more? You can take a tour of Silvia’s collection—and learn more about what’s in each tin—on her blog.

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Haley Pierson-Cox from Red-Handled Scissors is a maker of crafts, a lover of cats, an avid swearing enthusiast, a cross-stitch book author, and a general purveyor of quirk. She's also sometimes an irritable cartoon named Tiny Cranky Haley.

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