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DIY Music Box Made with Altoid Tins

Music boxes made with Altoid Tins

Create a DIY music box made with Altoid Tins. This project is fun to put together and is a great way to recycle those cute little metal tins!

Altoids come in little metal tins that are just begging for a fun recycled craft project. Using a small music box mechanism, you can turn that Altoid tin into a little music box. Add a bit of bling and a beaded chain, and the music box makes a perfect gift.

This is Suzy from SuzysSitcom, and my husband and I are currently working at the Grand Canyon in Arizona. This puts us about 2000 miles away from our grandchildren. Sending little gifts every now and then is a great way to not only show the kids that I am thinking of them, but also to try out new craft ideas.

My husband lately has taken to keeping a tin of Altoids in his pocket. Those little tins have so many possibilities. In this post, I’ll show you how to create a cute little music box!

How to make a music box from an altoid tin

Create this fun little music box with just a few simple steps.

Supplies need to make music boxes with Altoid tins.Supplies need to make music boxes with Altoid tins.

What you need: 

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DIY Music Box made with Altoid Tin Tips:

Marking holes for music boxMarking holes for music box

Marking Holes in the Altoid Tin for the Mechanism

You will need to make three holes in the Altoid tin. One is for the music box mechanism. Look on the bottom of the music box and you will see a metal prong. This is the metal piece that the music box key will attach to. Set the music box into the Altoid tin and mark with a Sharpie pen where this hole will need to be.

Also, you will need two holes where the bead necklace will be attached. Mark those holes with a Sharpie pen.

Drilling holes for music boxDrilling holes for music box

Drilling Holes in the Altoid Tin for the Mechanism

Use a drill to drill the holes into the Altoid Tin.

Sanding the drilled holes.Sanding the drilled holes.

File with a metal file to smooth out any rough edges.

All holes have been drilled.All holes have been drilled.

Once the holes are drilled and filed, be sure to check the fit. The music box mechanism should go through the drilled hole easily, allowing room for the key to be attached. Be sure to check that it is a good fit before going to the next step.

Glue the music box in placeGlue the music box in place

Glue the music box into the tin

Use E6000 glue to attach the music box to the tin. This will allow the key to be turned from the outside of the tin without the music box moving. Allow the glue to dry before going to the next step.

Add the turning mechanism.Add the turning mechanism.

Once the glue has dried, attach the key to the outside of the tin. Check the music box to ensure that it is working properly.

Adding bead necklaces to the music boxAdding bead necklaces to the music box

Glue the Bead Necklace to the tin

Clip the necklace so that you now have a long string of beads. Knot a string to the last bead as shown above.

Adding beads to music boxAdding beads to music box

Thread the two ends of the string through one of the bead holes as shown above, then thread through a large bead and knot. Use E6000 glue to attach the bead in place.

Glueing beads in placeGlueing beads in place

Use E6000 glue to attach the first few beads of the string to the back of the tin. The inside and outside of the tin should now look like the photo above.

Add names to music boxesAdd names to music boxes

Decorating the Music Box

Decorating the music box can be done in so many different ways. My grandchildren love bling, so I added lots of sparkle. Cut white cardstock in the shape of the lid and glue in place with tacky glue. Glue a strip of colored felt in place with tacky glue and then glue on the letters.

Add gemstones to music boxesAdd gemstones to music boxes

Add lots of bling with gemstone stickers! Simply peel and put in place!

Music boxes made with Altoid TinsMusic boxes made with Altoid Tins

If you prefer, you can always do this project without the necklaces, but for such a small music box, I thought it would be easier for the kids to keep track of if they had a beaded chain.

Music box made with Altoid TinMusic box made with Altoid Tin

These little music boxes make perfect little gifts that are truly unique!

DIY Music Box made with Altoid Tin

Create a DIY music box made with Altoid Tins. This project is fun to put together and is a great way to recycle those cute little metal tins!

Work Time1 hour

Total Time1 hour

Author: Suzy Myers

Cost: 25

  • 1 ea Altoid Tin
  • 1 ea Music Box (measuring 1.77 x 1.97 x 0.79 inches)
  • 1 ea E6000 Glue
  • 1 ea Tacky Glue
  • 1 ea Metalic Bead Necklace
  • 2 ea Large Beads
  • 1 ea String
  • 1 ea Colored Felt
  • 1 ea Glitter Foam Letter Stickers
  • 1 ea Gemstone stickers
  • 1 scrap White Cardstock
  • Use a sharpie pen to mark where holes will go in the tin for the music box mechanism and the bead necklace. You will need to drill three holes.

  • Use a drill to drill the holes into the tin. Use a metal file to smooth all cut edges.

  • Use E6000 glue to glue the music box in place. Once dry, add the key to the mechanism and ensure that the music box works properly.

  • Clip the necklace to create a long string of beads. Knot string to the bead on the end and pull the ends of the string through one of the bead holes in the tin. Thread through a large wooden bead, knot, and glue in place with E6000 glue. Repeat for the other side.

  • Use E6000 glue to attach the first few beads to the back of the Altoid tin. Allow to dry.
  • Cut a piece of white cardstock in the shape of the tin and glue to the top with Tacky Glue. Cut a strip of colored felt and glue in place with Tacky glue.
  • Attach letters with tacky glue.

  • Attach the gemstone stickers.

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