In a past life, I must surely have been a magpie. (Oooh, shiny!) I have always been an irredeemable collector, and in my current job, I have all the excuses I need to keep bits and pieces around for inspiration. The areas on, around, and under my desk contain feathers, stones, LEGO’s, rubber ducks, silly putty, macaroni flowers, solar powered toy cars, and a whole box of interesting shaped containers, foam pieces, springs, and whatnots. From these pieces of rubber tubing, marbles, fabric swatches, and more, I get program and exhibit ideas all the time.
And so I bring you the fun and funky ideabox links for today: Five Reuses for Altoid Tins. Planet Green’s top five include building tiny speakers, a solar gadget charger, a wallet, a survival kit, and a geocaching box (think I might have to try some of those!). Or, for the more artsy among us, a watercolor traveling kit, and create your own travel candle. (Though I wonder about the heat–I’d recommend putting it on a plate or coaster before burning!)
Here are a few other (less technical!) idea starters:
– Altoid tins are magnetic! Turn one into a tiny on-the-road game box with magnetic pieces. What else might you be able to do with magnets and an Altoids box (or two, or three, or more?)
– Glue a mirror in the lid and keep your kleenex in the bottom. (Don’t you hate how those little plastic packets let your tissues get all shredded in your pocketbook?)
– Sound shakers and mini-cymbals for the extremely young musician, when you’d rather save your pans. (The round tins are particularly good for this one!)
– Start seeds in the world’s tiniest window-boxes.
– Make a fold-out mini-storybook, photo album, or travel journal with accordion-style pages.