Here's a super easy Easter treat that you can make
from a mini Altoid tin. I added these to my kids' baskets
a couple of years ago and the idea was to dress up the
tin so it looked better in the basket, but, once the mints
are all gone, the tin makes a cute little storage container.
On the other hand, if you've already been saving your
Altoid tins (and I know you do!) then this is an easy
way to decorate it for Easter. Of course, you can
use the large size tins, or really any tin,
as you will see.
*Altoid tin or something similar
*assorted sizes of pastel colored pompoms
*coordinating 1/4" wide ribbon long enough to wrap
around the edge of the tin with a little overlap
*small scrap of yellow felt
*smidge of a scrap of black felt
*thick white glue
How to Make a Pompom Chick:
I used white glue to make the chick. You can use
hot glue if you want, but, since the pieces are so small,
it will make it easier to burn your fingers so be careful.
You'll need one large pompom and one medium
pompom of the same color.
Glue a medium pompom onto a large pompom.
Cut the smallest bit from your black felt and roll it
between your fingers until it forms a ball. Make
another one, and then glue them to the sides of
your chick's head to make the eyes.
Cut out a small diamond shape from the yellow felt
and then fold it in half to form the beak. Press it with
your fingers to make it hold its shape then glue
the folded edge to the head of your chick
between the eyes.
Your chick is done! I used one chick for each
mini-sized tin, if you use a larger tin you may want
to have more on each one.
How to Make the Tin:
The tin is even easier. Spread some hot glue on
the lid of your tin and start sticking on the pompoms.
Caution! The tin will get very hot because of the hot
glue so be careful when handling it. Use a variety of
colors and sizes (extra small to medium). Start at
the center and work to the edge; it's okay if they
hang over the edge a bit.
Now, run a bead of hot glue around the edge of
the tin and glue down your ribbon. Begin, and end,
at the back of the tin to hide where the ribbon
overlaps and trim as needed.
Glue the chick to the top of the
pompom covered tin and admire!