DIY Lunch Box Treat & Note Holder From An Altoid Tin

5 Materials
2 Hours
While some may want to hold onto summer as long as possible, others are counting down the days until the kiddos go back to school. Either way, you’ll love this fun idea for making a lunch box note and treat holder.
This simple DIY Lunch Note Holder is a great way to up-cycle an Altoids tin, plus it can be used as a treat holder or lunch money container in addition to a sweet note from Mom or Dad! It’s easy to make and your kids will love their surprise when school begins!
I started out by emptying and cleaning out the Altoid tin. Make sure it is completely dry - and then spray paint it the color of your choice.
I love this Turquoise spray paint - but it may not be a color for everyone. You could even just get black chalkboard spray paint and some chalk markers to decorate and personalize this.
I loved the solid and chevron patterns from this set of Gold patterened Washi Tape. I wrapped 3 pieces around the top of the Altoid logo and used my X-acto knife to make a clean cut on the back side.
I made this turquoise flower with my flower loom (see this Rustic Decor Flower Loom post to learn how) and stuck a cute button on the front and a magnet on the back. My daughter will love this cute touch to her lunch box note - and I'm sure it will just be fun to play with the magnet during lunch time. I also have some of these flower magnets for sale in my Handmade Amazon Shop
I have some old business cards that now I'm turning into lunch box love notes :). I just had to trim the edge of the business card just a bit and it fits perfectly into the tin. Write a cute message on the back, and now those old business cards will get one more use before the recycle bin!

Suggested materials:

  • Altoid Tin   (grocery store)
  • Turquoise Spray Paint   (
  • Gold Patterned Washi Tape   (
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Maura White
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  • Lori Lori on Jan 30, 2017
    I remember those! In fact, I have a Sucrets tin storing my quilting pins. I've used the altoids tins for all sorts of stuff since Sucrets went plastic. My garage remote fits in one perfectly (the button kept getting pushed while in my pocket)....and it prevented it from going off accidentally ever again. I have one filled with supplies to make a mini first aid kit for the car (in the glove box). Another in my purse with allergy pills, aspirin, mini nail file, clippers, etc. The possibilities are only limited by your imagination.

    • Maura White Maura White on Jan 30, 2017
      Yes, there really are so many great ways to re-use an Altoid tin!!!!

  • Giorgia Giorgia on Jan 30, 2017