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You don't have to understand steampunk to appreciate the Altoids tins created by tinnovator Jake von Slatt. However, learning about this imaginative subculture makes the designer's creations all the more enjoyable.

Where are your keys? You've lost them again, haven't you? With a few Altoids tins, a pair of pliers and a little imagination, you can create a place to keep them.

By Josh Clark

The compact metal design of the classic Altoids tin inspired designer Kate Pruitt to convert one into a picture frame and portable photo album. With some cardboard, glue and a couple of magnets, you can do the same.

By Josh Clark

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It's so obvious. If you need a flashlight, you should make one out of your Altoids tin. How do tinnovators turn a breath mint container into a light source?

By Charles W. Bryant

Artist Desiree McCrorey combines two seemingly disparate media -- polymer clay and Altoids tins -- to create jewelry boxes with their own uniquely eco-friendly style.

For most people, a tin of Altoids is simply a promise of fresh breath. After the mints are gone, the tin goes to the trash. But artists see a gem in that little tin -- art waiting to happen.

By Charles W. Bryant

They say that necessity is the mother of invention. While this may be true in many cases, you can also make the argument that good old creativity should weigh in pretty heavily as well. Behold: the Altoids speaker.

By Charles W. Bryant

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They say one man's trash is another man's art. Brooklyn artist Lord Kelvin takes that aphorism to another level by converting empty Altoids tins into belt buckles.

By Josh Clark

Artist Kate Pruitt found a quick, easy and innovative way to decorate an Altoids tin -- she converted it into a serene Zen garden.

By Josh Clark

A bag made from bags? It may sound redundant, but it's eco-friendly ingenuity at work. You can also put your bags to work in the garden, bedroom and closet.

By Alia Hoyt

One of the easiest ways to save money during the holidays is on home decorations. You don't have to cover the tree with store-bought baubles and knickknacks. With a little ingenuity, you can create charming ornaments of your own.

By Eleanor Duse

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Next time you start to throw away a burned-out light bulb or empty coffee tin, consider using these items to craft Christmas decorations instead. With a little ingenuity and a few materials you can spruce up your tree.

By Emilie Sennebogen & Libby Little

Your new fridge came in a giant cardboard box. Maybe your first thought is to break it down and recycle it. How about turning it into a playhouse or gardening supply?

By Alia Hoyt

You know that old mismatched dinner plate that's hiding in the cupboard? Hide it no more, there's life left in that plate. All you have to do is give it some time, literally -- by turning it into a wall clock.

By Elizabeth Abbess

The sun is shining, the birds are chirping and the air is filled with the fragrance of blossoming flowers. Don't you wish you could gather all that up in your arms and carry it inside to save for a rainy day? It turns out that, in a way, you can.

By Juliet Kaman

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Next time you use the last paper towel, think twice before you throw the cardboard tube away. It can be used to store plastic bags or loose cords, and it can provide hours of craft-making fun.

By Elizabeth Abbess

A cereal box is more than just something to read while eating breakfast. You can use it to make lots of inexpensive crafts -- and at the same time, cut down on your household waste.

By Emilie Sennebogen & Cordelia Hamilton

Whether you're cutting down an old tree or replacing doors and bookshelves, there's a good chance you have some spare wood lying around. So what can you do with it?

By Tom Scheve & Sarah Siddons

Bowls used as sinks, or vessel sinks, as they are known in the interior design trade, are a hot trend in home design and can add a stylish and contemporary twist to traditional bathroom basins.

By Claribel Pope

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It displays photos from that magical trip to Paris, next to the lovely postcard your sweetie sent and the takeout menu for that Thai place you've been meaning to try. Since you look at your corkboard every day, why not spruce it up a bit?

By Tom Scheve & Eleanor Duse

Copper is a versatile metal that can be used to make jewelry, sprinklers and mobiles. Whether you find your copper around the house or purchase it from a company, creating artsy crafts from recycled copper is a rewarding do-it-yourself activity.

By Libby Little

The world has millions of mass-produced tin cans -- and thousands of crafters and artisans eager to recycle them into objects of beauty and utility.

By Eleanor Duse

From birthday bashes to romantic dinners, the sparkling shimmer of soft candlelight instantly makes any moment more magical and special. But once you snuff out the candles and the smoke clears, what do you do with those puddles of melted wax?

By Claribel Pope

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Every time you open a bottle of wine, you tuck that cork away with all the others. What if there were something fun and practical you could do with all those corks?

By Elizabeth Abbess

Tea leaves its mark -- literally. It can stain mugs, countertops and even your teeth after time. Why not put that staining power to good use as a safe and inexpensive way to add color to your crafting and household projects.

By Claribel Pope