Wicked Circus Altered Altoid Tin

I've been debating whether or not to post this project since my partner hasn't received but since Kira over at Oops, I Craft My Pants posted her awesome wicked circus tin, I figure I can share mine too.

We're both participating in a wicked circus themed altered Altoid tin swap. This is my first time altering tins and I will confess to being more than a little anxious about it. With the help of this great tutorial, a bit of modge podge, some sequins and lots of distressing ink, I got after it!

I wanted the tin to look like one of those old travelling circus gypsy carts and I wanted to fill it with a wicked freak show. Jake helped me cut the top of the tin with the Dremel. Then I covered it in paper and sewed up a couple of curtains. I painted spools for the wheels and made the freak show ATCs with watercolor paper and other sundries.

Here is a shot of the inside of the tin. I tore out a page from the dictionary defining freakish, freak, freaky...

Each of these cards can bee added to the tin to change the show. I kept getting them stuck in the tin so I had to put the little ribbons on to make it easier to pull them out.

This one has a mirror on it so whoever is looking in it can be part of the freak show too.

And here are some shots of the top and back.

There are about 1,000 things I wish I had done differently but overall, I had fun with this project and learned a ton! I look forward to altering my next tin when hopefully I won't be such a newbie.


Hello there! My name is June said...

This is incredible! If it helps at all, I wouldn't change a thing & who would've guessed you're a newbie at this? I recognized the dog faced boy & siamese twins from a book I have. The colors & patterns you used make it very sideshow circus like! Awesome work!

Kira said...

Awwwweeesome!! This doesn't look like a n00b tin :) I love how you can change the show! What a great idea. I think my favorite one is the one with a little mirror. It makes me want to incorporate more shiny things in future projects.

Oh, and thanks for linking me!

nina said...

saw this on craftster and had to come out your blog. This is so RAD! I know nothing of altered circus swaps, but man, you nailed this!