Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Steampunk Altered Altoids Box DIY

   Morning' y'all! It's such a nice pretty day today here in North West Arkansas.
   I thought that it would be fun to do a Do It Yourself project today.

    So, this used to be an Altoid mint box, and Steampunk Altoid boxes are a big thing, so I decided to make one, and a tutorial to go along with it.
    You'll need:
Altoid mint box (or any box about the same size)
White acrylic paint
Any acrylic paint of your choice (I used a tan brown, a mixture of red and the brown, and green acrylic paint)
Black acrylic paint (I actually used a black nail polish designer pen)
Hot glue gun, E6000 glue or superglue
Hair blow dryer or a tool to dry the paint
Decorative paper
Paint brush

    So, I started off deciding where I wanted to put my little angle charm that I had (don't really know where i actually got it), and I decided to put it in the middle.

      Then, I placed the rest of my embellishments, and the gears wherever I wanted that suited my taste.

     When that was finished, I coated it with two layers of white paint. The white paint helps later on to bring out the brown color or the color of your choice.

     Use the blow dryer or heating tool to dry the paint, or let it sit until it's dry. Once that is done, coat the whole box, front and back, with your chosen color, until it is covered to your taste. I still had a few white spots peeking out, but, I thought it actually looked cool and Steampunk.

     Dry that with your tool. Next, comes the fun part. I used a mixture of a red and the brown together to get a rusted color, and dabbed it in random places, then used a green to add a discolored look to it, like metal does when it gets wet. I also used a black, nail polish designer pen to detail it a little. You could use black paint instead. I just couldn't find black paint anywhere, so I improvised instead.

     Use your tool to dry it, and add any more rusted color to the rest of the box. Next, I hot glued some decorative paper to the inside, just to make it look cool, and cover up the Altoids symbol on the inside. I also used my finger to smear some of the rusted paint color around the edges of the inside.

     And there you go! An altered Steampunk Altoids box!
     I hope y'all enjoyed the tutorial, and Happy Spring!


  1. That's really cool, Lynzie. Thanks for the great tutorial!

  2. very nice, lynzie. You are very talented!

  3. How funny. I said to the girls, "That's really cool." Great minds think alike!