Sometimes when we visit Mamaw and Papaw’s house, the kids get a little Altoids tin full of pennies to take home for their piggy banks. Usually the tins go back to Mamaw and Papaw’s to get filled again, but I’ve always thought there had to be something fun we could do with them….
Then I found this mini Lalaloopsy doll in the checkout line at my dear Target store, and I started thinking about upcycling one of those Altoid tins into a little house. I figured it would be a neat surprise to keep in my purse for Peanut for places like restaurants, doctor’s offices, or even traveling in the car.
So, when the kids went to sleep, I searched my bead drawers, scrap material, and other little trinkets. A piece of foam wrapped in pretty purple cloth became a bed, with another scrap of cloth as the blanket. A Chapstick lid became a little table. For a stove and sink I used a Lego block with a concave button hot glued to one half and filled with a little hot glue “water.” A little permanent marker on the other half made “burners” for the stove. I added felt carpet, wall paper made from a gift bag, and a couple small items I left loose for play value — like a little wood bottle and a magnet bear.
When I gave it to her while we were traveling to Peoria this weekend, she was ecstatic! In fact, it has quickly become her favorite thing to play with in the hotel room.
Of course I couldn’t leave little brother.
He is obsessed with all things vehicular, but I didn’t have any itty-bitty cars… I did, however, have one Lego man.
I made another little foam bed, wrapped in black felt. Added carpet and wall paper and a glue stick lid for a table. We have foam cars in the craft stuff, so I grabbed one to stick in the tin for the Lego guy to “drive” and stuck a magnet dinosaur as a “pet.”
Little man liked his special Lego man house, too. He is super proud he has his own Lego guy; just wait until we start getting Lego sets!
Have you done something creative with Altoids tins?
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