Ideas to Decorate a Little Tin Square Box

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Ideas to Decorate a Little Tin Square Box
A tin box can hold just about anything. (tin box image by CraterValley Photo from

A tiny, square tin box may seem more like trash than treasure, but with a little time and imagination, your box could be a work of art (or at least, a cool-looking little container). Small tin boxes are often used by companies to sell mints, gum and other small items, but instead of throwing it away when you're done, recycle it as a gift box for another or to store something for yourself. You'll be surprised at the little box's transformation.


Tiny tin boxes can be used to store jewelery, such as earrings, rings and flexible necklaces and bracelets. A way to designate the tin box as a jewelery box without a printed label is to decorate it with, well, jewels! Use hot glue to attach craft jewels or real jewels from old, unwanted jewelery to your tin box. Cover the entire box or just the top of the box with jewels of all shapes and sizes for an intriguing design.

Face Collage

Although it may be small, your square box may be able to hold a lot of memories on the outside as well as on the inside. Whether or not you decide to put tiny photo cutouts inside of your box, you can definitely put them on the outside of your box as decoration. Choose photos of your friends and family or magazine cutouts to add to the outside of your square box. For example, you may want to use the box to store cutouts of words that you like, such as "love" and family" to use on future scrapbook or craft projects. The outside of your box could represent faces of people you associate with those words. While you may not be able to fit whole photographs on the tiny box, you can cut out tiny round heads and cover the entire box with faces of your family, friends and loved ones. Use hot glue to attach the photos and then use a clear shellac to cover and protect the photos.

Painted Masterpiece

While a tiny square box may not be the perfect canvas for a work of art, it can work. In fact, there are artists who can create sculptures in the eye of a needle, so you can surely feel confident to put brush to tin for a unique, and fun design. Simply use a size 000 or 00 rigger art brush (or any tiny paint brush you can find) and use a magnifying glass if you need to. Think of an easy design that will match the contents of the tin. For example, if you plan to store mints in your tin, a painting of a peppermint or a painting of a mouth would both work.


If you're not confident in your artistic ability, stickers may be the easiest way to add a personal and unique design to your small tin box. Use a template on your computer to create your own labels or stickers if you'd like to add your own images, text or clipart to the box. You can also use stickers you already have lying around, such as scratch and sniff or fuzzy stickers. Even cut up pieces of old bumper stickers or band stickers would add colour and life to a plain tin box. Just be sure not to accidentally seal the box shut by covering the opening of the box with stickers.

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