How to Make a Survival Kit from an Altoids Tin


Making the Altoids Tins Survival Kits
Kate Pruitt came up with three essential Altoids tins survival kits; you can make them for whatever your life needs.
Kate Pruitt came up with three essential Altoids tins survival kits; you can make them for whatever your life needs.
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The phrase "survival kit" might sound a little scary, but Altoids tin survival kits are attractive, versatile and could really come in handy in a pinch. Here's how you can make one for yourself.

Kate Pruitt recommends using old-school Altoids tins with the printed logo for this project, rather than the tins that feature the logo embossed in relief on top. Pruitt sprays the clean tins inside and out with two coats of flat white primer and allows the primer to dry between each application. Here, you can either opt to keep the tins white -- which gives the dental and first aid survival kits a decidedly medicinal look -- or apply any other color of spray paint. If you choose to paint the tins further, follow the steps used for the primer application, including the drying time.

Once you've fully painted the tins, trace the stencil shape of your choice over a piece of contact paper and cut it out with an X-Acto knife. For her three survival kits, Pruitt used an extracted tooth for her dental kit, a red cross for her first aid kit and a button silhouette for her sewing kit. Stick your chosen stencil to the lid of the Altoids tin. Apply a coat of paint to the area left exposed by the cut-out stencil shape; Pruitt recommends you peel off the stencil from the Altoids tin before the paint dries to make sure that the painted edges have clean lines [source: Pruitt].

After everything's dry, fill your new kits with all of the stuff you'll need to make it through whatever life throws your way. Flip the tops closed and you're ready.

So, which survival kit does Pruitt find the most useful? "The dental kit. I always like to have floss on me whenever I need it," she says [source: Pruitt].