magnet-tin-outside-web.jpgYou may remember that Target carried these little magnetic checkerboard tins around the Easter holidays. I jumped on the bandwagon and bought one then. Just one. This is what I created (gift #5 for my generous friend). The outside is simple enough: your basic altered tin decorated with cardstock, designer paper, stamps, ribbon, and other embellishments.

The inside of the container is another story. I had these groovy thin 4″ cork coasters with rounded edges that fit perfectly inside the container. I layered four of them — no glue (that’s how great they fit) — to create the corkboard. (Unfortunately, you’d be hard-pressed to find these cork coasters today…they’re about 3 years old from IKEA. But, you could cut thin cork sheets to size and layer for the same effect.) magnet-tin-inside-web.jpgThe thickness of the cork perfectly accommodates the glass marble tacks (thumbtacks, 1/2″ stamped circles of cardstock, flat-backed glass marbles, and Crystal Effects).

On the left inside of the container, I layered a piece of cardstock over the tin, then used my Xyron 900 with a magnet cardtridge to create some little magnetic inspirational sayings (shown in storage mode) that could easily be moved around to the front, back, or inside lid of the tin — or used anywhere a magnet could go.



  1. bettyannmanghi Said:

    Wow, those are brilliant! Love the ideas you inspire.

  2. DeborahSue Said:


  3. Congratulations! This post was so terrific we included it in our latest Blog Carnival on Craft Critique! In fact, we included a bunch!

    We would love it if you’d “share the link love” and let your readers know about the Altered Items Carnival on Craft Critique… but we don’t require it.

    Of course if you’d rather not have your link included in the carnival then just let us know and we will remove it.

    Thanks for creating something so wonderful and sharing it on your blog! 🙂

    -Sarah Moore

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