Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Altoid Tin Reuse Bug Craft Toy

I'm dying to show you these cute BUGGLES we made.  It's a fun little kids craft using clear gems and reusing an Altoid tin and it would be an awesome kids summer craft.  This easy Altoid tin project makes a fun little travel toy or bug collection for your children.  We call the little gem critters "Buggles."  Keep in your purse for when waiting at restaurants or offices.  Kids can make them with friends and name them and trade them.  Here's how to make it . . .

The little "bugs" or Buggles fit so nicely in an Altoid tin.

The possibilities are endless.  You can create buggles of all colors and patterns.  Here we have a lady bug and even a little bumblebee.  It's so easy!!

Save those little tins!

Here's what you need: 

leftover paper scraps

a little tin


small googly eyes

some strong clear glue (I'm using that crazy stinky glue in the picture--it doesn't have to be this stuff).  

You'll also need scrapbook paper and ribbon to decorate your Altoids tin (see next page for instructions).

Step 1. Gather scraps of patterned paper.  Add extra details if you want.  We wanted this one to look like a bumblebee so we added some black stripes and a stinger.

Step 2. Put some glue on the gem and stick it to the paper.  Press it down so the glue spreads out.

Step 3. Let the glue dry thoroughly.

Step 4.  Using scissors, cut around the gem, trimming off the extra paper.  Glue on the googly eyes.

Now let's head over to the NEXT PAGE to see how to make the cute tin container:

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  1. So beautiful and easy.
    Thanks for idea.
    Mama Nadine

    1. You're welcome. The blogging world is awesome because we can all share our ideas. Glad you like it!

  2. So sweet! Lovely idea, thanks for sharing

  3. I love them! I want to add little magnets so they stick to the container.

  4. I'm looking at doing this for kids at a Kids Camp - what would be my best option for glue for 30+ kids to use?

    1. Depending on their age--older kids can use the glue I did but have them handle it carefully. You can also use glue guns. It's not as strong, but it works. Those are the only ones I have tried.

    2. I made these today with the kids and used pva glue (elmers glue in the states). It takes a while to dry but mine dried strong.

  5. Replies
    1. They are about 1-2 inches across. Definitely not a toy for younger children as they could be a choking hazard.

  6. We made these today. We're in the process of coming up with a game using them. When we've created one on a board (card maybe) I'll laminate it and fold it and we can take it on the train when we go out for the day. Thanks so much!

    1. Oh my heavens!! I love this idea of making it into a game!!! Thanks for sharing. I'm glad it turned out well.

  7. You can totally turn it into a Tic Tac Toe game with two colors of paper!

  8. I love it! I just bought some of these clear gems at the Dollar Tree and was trying to figure out what to do with them! Thanks for the idea!!

    1. Yay! I'm glad! You can also make magnets with them!


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