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One thing I like about you readers is that you’re not shy with your suggestions. When I asked for everyday objects that could have hidden craft potential, you challenged me to find cute uses for things like empty prescription bottles and used dryer sheets(!). I’m still working on those — couldn’t give me any softballs, could you? — but in the meantime, I think I’ve finally cracked this request from my coworker, Liz. Freshen your breath, then freshen up your surroundings with these ingenious mint tin projects.

mint tin message board

A cork board is cool, but this mint tin message board from Design*Sponge does more than just keep track of loose scraps of paper. You can tuck all kinds of things inside the tins (like that spare key) and adorn it with magnets. Plus, you can’t beat the punchy colors.

mint tin garden

Some people have mini Zen gardens for their desk, but me? I think I’d rather have this mint tin garden instead. Fern Richardson tells you how to set up the little sempervivums on her blog, Life on the Balcony.

mint tin candle

There’s nothing like two major storms to make you appreciate the old-school ambiance and reliability of candles. These mint tin candles from Instructables are compact, easily portable and a cut above the plain tea light.

mint tin business card holder

There’s no need to buy an expensive business card holder or display if you have a few minutes to jazz up a mint tin! I especially love the tiny bunting inside this example on Adelyn Stone.

mint tin toolbox

Photo: Miki Duisterhof

Mint tins can be tough, too. This makeover on Country Living looks like a tiny toolbox and would be an adorable way to gift small treasures like cuff links this holiday season.

Which mint tin project feels freshest to you? And hey, keep those Designer MacGyver material suggestions coming in the comments section below!


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10 Responses

  1. Deena says:

    What neat ideas! I would never have thought of all the different things you could make from mint tins.

  2. Trish says:

    The card holder is my favorite choice.

  3. Hannah says:

    This is one of my most favorite Designer MacGyvers. Love the mint tins.

  4. gwen says:

    What to do with those beautifully shaped Maple Syrup glass bottles?

  5. Teresa says:

    Very good ideas.

  6. Patsy Overton says:

    The little toolbox is the cutest thing.

  7. Liz_HGTV says:

    Thanks for cracking "The Case of the Pile of Mint Tins," Briana! I adore the tool box and the mint tin message board.

    My breath will be ridiculously fresh as I load up on MORE mints to make all of these adorable projects.

  8. Angela says:

    Love the business card holder and mini garden! How about something besides a bird feeder from 2 liter soda bottles? I thought about a terrarium, but any other ideas?

Briana MowreyBriana is a writer and senior editor for HGTV.com. Her self-described design style is "mid-century modern magpie." She lives in a Brooklyn apartment with her husband, their spoiled dachshund, Chauncey,...


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