One of my favorite tumblr sites is True Blue Me and You… there are so many awesome DIY projects ideas and inspiration on this blog. Earlier this week, I saw this reblog post featuring a funny illustration by Sirin Thada. They also had the amazing idea of recreating this in real life using an Altoids tin. I thought it would make a funny stocking stuffer gift, so I gathered up a few supplies to make one of my own.
- Altoids tin (sans Altoids)
- Foam, polyfil and / or felt
The supplies needed are simple and cheap! I had everything on hand, with the exception of the Altoids… that set me back $2.99. I had these scissors from a mini sewing kit I purchased from the dollar store a while back, and everything else was leftover from previous projects.
Rather then just cutting up little pieces of paper, I wanted to make mini lined sheets. I measured out the size of paper I wanted and drew the lines with coloured pens. I have a 1/8” hole punch which worked really well for creating “binder” holes along the left margin. I also ended up using a small jump ring to connect all of the little sheets together.
I love how the paper turned out - it’s so cute! Definitely my favorite part of this project.
After many failed attempts at writing out the caption part myself, I opted to type something up in Adobe Illustrator instead. The font I used was Throw My Hands Up in the Air, a casual handwritten font by Kimberly Geswein.
I actually printed this on sticker paper, and used a dime to cut out the rounded corners. One the sticker was cut out and applied to the top of the tine, it’s ready to be filled!
I cut down my piece of foam to the size of the tin, and layered a couple sheets of felt on top. The great thing is that if you fill the base of the tin with a good amount of foam or felt, once the lid is closed everything stays nice and snug in place.
I felt the sticker alone on the front of the tin was a bit plain, so decided to make a cardstock sleeve for the outside. I also cut out little labels for the items inside, and it was done!
I absolutely love it! I almost don’t want to give it away. I might have to make a couple more, and keep one for myself.
- The font used is Throw My Hands Up in the Air, by Kimberly Geswein
- See the original illustration by Sirin Thada that inspired this project here
- Check out the reblog-post on True Blue Me & You here
- The original tumblr post by executions here.
Truebluemeandyou: Love that you actually did this! Thank you for mentioning by site :) Most people would not have in a million years.