Mint Tin Upcycle: How to Make A Doll Purse

I’m joining in on the mint tin upcycling fun today with a little project inspired by a little girl who loves purses … because what teddy bear or American Girl doll should go without stylish accessories? Right.

This is probably the cutest thing I’ve ever made.

How to make an Altoid tin purse for dolls.

And psst. If you’re looking to see more Altoid tin upcycles, see how Carley Knobloch made a cool, upcycled smartphone stand and Tiffany Threadgould turned one into a jewelry travel case.



Step 1

 Open GalleryMake a doll purse using an Altoid tin.

It doesn’t take much to create your own DIY doll purse, just a little creativity with some unexpected materials like a narrow belt and paper fasteners. (And if you’re thinking like I do, yes, in a day when staplers reign, those brassy paper fasteners are still sold readily in stores!)

Step 2

 Open GalleryMake holes in the sides of the altoid tin using a hammer and nail.Start your project by identifying where the purse strap will attach to the sides of the tin. Tap a nail through the tin on either side.

Step 3

 Open GalleryCut your belt to length to make it into a purse strap.Cut the belt to an appropriate length to be a purse strap. Trim the ends of your strap in a cute design.

Step 4

 Open GalleryUsing a belt to create a purse strap.Using the nail and hammer again, create new holes in the strap at the ends that will attach to the purse itself.

Step 5

 Open GallerySpray paint the Altoid tin.Spray paint the tin in a well-ventilated area. Add 2-3 very light coats at different angles (with the tin open and shut) to prevent dripping. Allow it to dry well between coats.

Step 6

 Open GalleryAttach the belt to the doll purse using a paper fastener. Instant strap.Attach the belt strap to the dried purse using the paper fastener.

Step 7

 Open GalleryUse a paper fastener to attach a strap to an Altoid tin. Instant doll purse DIY.The clasp on the paper fastener is perfect for this application. See?

Step 8

 Open GalleryAdd a sticker to your Altoid tin upcycled purse for personality.Depending on your kid’s style, add a graphic detail to the front. This is a dimensional sticker that I picked out at the craft store, but traditional stickers would work too, as would hot gluing on an iron-on patch.

Step 9

 Open GalleryA DIY purse for a little girl's stuffed animal.Ta-da! Easy upcycle of a common household recyclable. How much did my daughter like this? Beary much.


  • Leftover Altoid tin
  • Paper fasteners
  • Spray paint (paint and primer in one works really well)
  • Narrow belt
  • Stickers (optional)
  • Scissors


  • A single nail, about 1/8″ wide
  • Hammer
About Emily Fazio 


I caught the home improvement bug at an early age, and now I'm a full-time DIYer living in Rochester, NY. The projects I cover on my blog Merrypad range ...

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One Response

  1. Susan says:

    very cute, my granddaughter will love this!

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