… Come in Small Packages!
Mini shadowboxes made from Altoids tins.
|Tiny Christmas themed assemblages make great gifts or ornaments.|
There’s something special about tiny things; they feel so precious.
Especially little boxes that open like a locket.
The best things come in small packages… even more so when they are handmade.
Who doesn’t have an empty Altoids box or two in their junk drawer?
I can't just throw them away!
I gathered all my empties, my supplies,
and my smallest embellishments, and set to work.
First I covered the inside and outside of the tins in decorative vintage papers
with Mod Podge (the crafter’s staple!)
You could use old holiday cards or gift wrap instead.
|I created an aged look by roughing areas up with sandpaper and applying antique wax.|
The essential element is the chain to hang it from.
I used a drill to make small holes for jump rings and added a short length of jewelry chain.
Cord or ribbon would work too.
|My special touch is the tiny “Made With Love” heart that hangs down into the box. It’s all about those details!|
Then the fun part: adding trinkets to enshrine your tiny Christmas story!
It doesn’t take much to fill the small space:
And of course, a message of joy!
Check out this Pinterest collection to see what other assemblage artists have done with Altoids boxes.
Here are just a few examples.
Do you see anything that inspires you?
Share your thoughts in the comments below!
Happy holiday crafting!