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“Birdie Darling” Hinged Tin Artwork

Filed under Altered Tins, Art Projects, Birds & Cages Kit, Featured Artwork, Laura Carson, Shannon Cooper

NEW! Sale on ALL Metal Hardware TODAY & TOMORROW ONLY (MONDAY, May 9th 2018)! Woohoo! That’s functional items like buckles, hooks, clasps (including some new ones announced today!)… and the hinges and box feet in Design Team Member Laura Carson’s artwork…

AND just in time: new Altoids Tin Book Covers! Perfect size for a project using an Altoid’s Tin, like Laura’s project shown below! A little set of heavy chipboard covers and spine that will make quick work of turning an Altoid’s Tin (or 2) into a book!

You may remember from last Sunday, Design Team Member Laura Carson created a whimsical Alice in Wonderland Book – Using Altoid Tin Lids. This week Laura has another style of Altoids Tin book, Birdie Darling (this time using the bottoms of 2 tins). The advantage to using the bottoms of Altoids Tins is that there is a deep area that can hold dimensional items.

For this project I used die-cut chipboard pieces for the base of the front and back covers; which were assembled separately from the tin. After assembly was complete, I glued them to the front and back of the tins.

On the front cover I started with a lovely Doodled Cage backed with Serendipity Chronicle Paper and an image from The Garden Collage Sheet. On top of the cage, there are Curly Paper Roses, a Bronze Swallow Charm, a Bronze Bird on A Branch, Calla Lily Leaf Charms, and the words “Birdie Darling” which are from the Bees, Birds and Butterflies Collage Sheet. Notice that there are flowers on the top, they are glued to the top of the back tin. From the front of the tin you can also see the Wrought Iron Archway (attached to the back tin) peaking over the top.

On the back cover starting with the Wrought Iron Archway, there are Leafy Corners, White Mulberry Blossoms and birds from the Bees, Birds and Butterflies Collage Sheet, which is also where you’ll find the urn and the paper bee.

Open the book and you’ll see that the left side is decorated with Leafy Corners, a 3 Inch Cage, roses sniped from a Pink Rose Garland, a Wrought Iron Filgree Connector, and a bird from the Bees, Birds and Butterflies Collage Sheet. Propping up the items with foam tape gives the piece more dimension.

On the right side, I used more of the Leafy Corners and roses, plus the lovey little girl image from the The Garden Collage Sheet The final step is to attach the Brass Box Feet which I think makes the piece more interesting and gives it height.

Birdie Darling Supply List

For further details on how Laura connected the tins together and for more photos, please visit Artfully Musing.


Also using the Wrought Iron Archway, is the romantic Juliet Mini Art Plaque below, by Design Team Member Shannon Cooper.

“I started with an image of love-struck Juliet with her beau and a handful of 3mm Brass Flat-Back Studs (I’m quite obsessed with those things) and then just went with the glue-stuff-to-stuff approach. The chipboard archway got a quick coating of gesso, then paint, then ink, and finally a coloring from Copic markers here and there before I glued the images to the back.

Thin Looped Gold Dresden Borders made an appearance, as did some roses and leaves cut from a handsome length of garland. I didn’t really need to remove the roses from the wired stem, they would look quite lovely climbing the archway, but as I was speed-crafting I had lopped off the rose heads without thinking. That’s okay, there is still a bunch left for another day! After a few fussy cut birds were stuck on with foam dots, I was left with a blank spot on the right. I contemplated this for a second, knowing my alone time was coming to a fast end, when it came to me to include some fitting lyrics from The Carpenters. A small loop of ribbon was added to the back and… done!”

Juliet Mini Art Plaque Supply List and more info in Shannon’s blog post. (And I do believe she added a last-minute Mother’s Day art idea, too, using those new Scalloped Altoids Tin Insert Frames!)


Hooray for the Birdie Darling Tin Giveaway!

I picked out a mix of items that are used in today’s featured artworks to make this Giveaway (most from Laura’s project, but I had to get the 3mm brass studs in there for Shannon’s sake!):
Doodled Cage with Solid Back
Blank Altoids Tin
3mm Brass Flat-Back Studs
Bees, Birds and Butterflies Collage Sheet
3 Inch Cage with Solid Back
Calla Lily Leaf Charms
Pink Rose Garland
Set of Long Butterfly Hinges
Silver Swirly Connector Charms
And not shown at right: the Wrought Iron Archway used in both of today’s projects. AND a set of the new Altoids Tin Book Covers!

To enter the Birdie Darling Tin Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment BELOW on this blog post TODAY or TOMORROW (the deadline is 11:59 pm PST, MONDAY NIGHT, May 9, 2016).

AND to enter the drawing, please tell me: What will you make with these goodies (one or more projects)?

Don’t forget to leave your (hello! correct) email address, too, so I can contact the winner; your email address does not need to be made public. Note: I’m offering free shipping, too, but only within the USA. International shipping will still apply.

Please be patient! Spammers try to post crap here a lot so comments are moderated. So if you don’t see your post in the comments section, be patient and check back in a few hours before re-posting it, please!

After midnight, I’ll randomly pick the winner (via So make sure to check back to see who won! And check your mailbox on Thursday morning for the next Giveaway and Newsletter!

And…. who won Thursday’s Flowers, Croquet & Hedgehogs Giveaway? That would be Jo! Congratulations! Check your email for more info.

Posted by Leslie, May 8th, 2016

56 responses to ““Birdie Darling” Hinged Tin Artwork”

  1. Evelyn Reyes says:

    This is such a beautiful giveaway! I love little things, I think I would try to do a miniature, miniature doll house! Thanks

  2. Margaret says:

    Wow! I am loving this Altoid tin stuff. I would definitely make a book or three like Laura Carsons. I love her blog she has such neat ideas. I think I would do a little diorama in mine.It would definitely be in book form though. Those new Altoid covers are marvelous!!! I have birthdays and a graduation coming up so I have been trying to come up with some little handmade giftie ideas, These Altoid tine makes are great!

    I almost missed this because my newsletter didn’t come this Sunday 🙁

  3. Parisa Javidi says:

    Definitely on this Mother’s Day, I would create a memorial to my mother who loved both flowers & birds…<3

  4. Pam S says:

    Birds and butterflies mixed with Faeries! Perfect idea for me!

  5. Jean Marmo says:

    What fun is this! I think I am hoarding a little tin in my stash. I imagine a similar project maybe with photos of my children when they were little.

  6. Winnie says:

    Holy cow! This is wonderful! I would make a book!

  7. Peg Crescenzo says:

    I have been saving tins and love the ideas! It would be great to win this set to work with.

  8. I would love to make Aton box with these lovely items thank you

  9. Joan Cruzen says:

    What a “sweet” idea for these tins! Love it!

  10. barb macaskill says:

    I have never made an Altoid Tin project but the addition of the book covers and all of the fantabulous metal hinges and latches have me wanting to make a little fairy scene inside one of these tins! Lots of little fairies flitting around a jungle of vines and magical things!! Would love to give this a try! Thanks for the chance!

  11. Barb Striethorst says:

    A secret garden!!

  12. robin howes says:

    What beautiful samples. Thank you for the inspiration and giveaway. I would love to win this!

  13. Lou Conaway says:

    There is so much goodness in this one, where do I start! The new iron arch is beautiful and I have a hard time turning down garden scenes. But then the altoid book cover! Sigh… Thanks for giving us a peek inside. That might even win out over a garden. I’ve become a little bookmaking obsessed lately and I think that may win out. Too much goodness to choose, but no complaints!

  14. Jen R says:

    Many projects for sure. So much to choose from not sure where to start.

  15. Joanne Root says:

    I’d work as many of these things as I could into a scene in the Altoids tin.

  16. Michelle B. says:

    So very pleased to see your Altoid Tins Book Covers! Oh, how those
    will open the doors to book creativity! With the new Alice In Wonderland movie coming out, my thoughts are to make an Alice
    Altoid Tin using Laura’s project as the supreme example. She is my
    favorite multi media artist!

  17. Kristie says:

    Love this project. It looks like so much fun.

  18. Maggie M says:

    I love the new Altoid tin book covers! And that arch is fabulous. I’d make a secret fairy garden inside the tins and use the Arch as a book cover on another project. Thanks for the chance:)

  19. Karen says:

    The little tin projects are so much fun. I am now even saving the little tins from my Altoids but the blanks are way easier to start from. I love the idea of the little book-tin.

  20. Helen says:

    This is a perfect giveaway for me!! My step-daughter’s nickname is Birdie, and I would make the Birdie Darling tin book almost like Laura Carson’s. I would put my step-daughter’s photo on the outside, and photo’s of her and my grand daughter on the inside! I Love it!!!

  21. Diana says:

    I would make a suitcase for my grandsons. He is graduating. The suitcase for his trave to collage and pics inside of him pre k to senior.
    With gift cards tucked in road map on back of case under straps.

  22. Gay says:

    A special secret box with a lock on it.
    For my husband to hang keys on small interior hooks for important odd items, that he needs, but does not need lying around.
    This can be hung on the wall s well

  23. Emily Ann Dale says:

    Very pretty altoid tin! I love all the little metal bits!

  24. Traci says:

    Love the altoid tin by Shannon it is so adorable. I have to make one of those using my cat pictures. Also one with my granddaughter-so sweet!>^..^<

  25. Tammy Oviedo says:

    Gosh I just love all the different options, I think I would make a garden theme with the tiny roses and birds and butterflies. I love the altoid tin book covers with the tiny metal fasteners too! Thanks for all the great supplies and ideas!

  26. Janet T says:

    I love the bird theme! I knew there was a reason that I kept all those Altoid tins. Your ideas are always so inspiring. Thank you for the great ideas.

  27. Karen Mallory says:

    I love your giveaways! I love the bird altered tin. I would make something like that. I haven’t done a tin in a while!

  28. Lou Anne says:

    This giveaway is so full of beautiful things! I’d make a secret garden altoid tin to honor both of my grandmothers.

  29. Cg says:

    Definitely the book!!!

  30. Karen Stevens says:

    I would make a keepsake book for one of my art friends who is moving away. I always love you design ideas.

  31. I would use those pieces to show that even a beautiful cage is a cage.

  32. Mary Mac says:

    I would love to make a miniature tin with these goodies.

  33. Marilyn H says:

    The pieces would work good on a mini canvas.

  34. Denise Bryant says:

    Awesome tin project! I’d decorate a special tin with some vintage buttons I have collected that were my Mom’s and my Grandmother’s!

  35. Beth says:

    I’d make a storybook diorama with the altoid tin and book covers! Maybe something Alice, or perhaps a Midsummer Night’s Eve! What fun!

  36. Lana says:

    A Victorian garden theme, birds, tins…oh my!!!!

  37. Jen says:

    Oh dear, please don’t make me decide what I would make yet!! Definitely starting with the Altoid on the pedestal project, but I’m a bit stuck on the Alice things right now. Curiouser and curiouser!!

  38. marykay chisum says:

    A hidden garden in tin… YES please

  39. Cheryl Lee says:

    How ‘tweet’!!! What would I make?? Oh…this and that 🙂

  40. Diana bittaker says:

    I will definitely be making a hinged garden book or fairy tale book – so beautiful- thank you for being so inspiring

  41. kathy sokol says:

    When my mother goy her first paycheck from her first job, she bought a set of bird figurines–all common garden birds playing musical instruments! She continued to collect birds throughout her life and now I collect them too (including the original musical birds). I would definitely make a little shrine to Mom and her collections.

  42. Katherine says:

    I’ve been stashing altoid tins for a while now. Now I know what to do with them.

  43. Nancy E says:

    What a great recycled use of altoid tins! How beautiful….

  44. Carla says:

    Love the Altoid tin projects…. love the flowers and birds for Mothers Day

  45. Kat Cashwell says:

    what a wonderful project for Altoid tins! I would have to do a haunted house!

  46. Kim Lucak says:

    Lovely, cute idea for using the tins!!! Birds and flowers for Spring 🙂

  47. Leanna Alverson says:

    I think I’d make a fairlyland inside the tin! I love this giveaway.

  48. Carol Slowik says:

    I would make an “ode to a caged bird” tin!

  49. Karen says:

    I really like the altoid tin book cover – create a variety of “books” in different subjects. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.

  50. Lois C. says:

    So cute! Love the idea of the tin book cover and would like to do one for Christmas and Spring.

  51. angelic says:

    I really liked the project Laura Carson did combining the bird cage and the Altoid tin. I would like to create one, thanks for the chance to win.

  52. LeAnn says:

    I would make my own version of the birdie tin. Really love Laura’s.

  53. Carol Feiner says:

    I love using the Altoid tin bottoms to make a thick book. SI cute!

  54. Rosemarie Grant says:

    I would make this a wedding remembrance for my daughter.

  55. Laural says:

    I would make several dedicational books for my children, like the one displayed

  56. Ann says:

    I would love to make an altoid tin book like Laura’s Birdie Darling, using the chipboard archway on the outside and creating two tableaux inside the tin with a “garden of birds” theme! Thanks for the inspiration–and chance to win!!