The Art of Darkness

Altoid Tin Dioramas

March 6th, 2014 by Cobwebs

Altoid 221BTerribly Messy Maker Nichola “Knickertwist” Battilana decided to express her love of Sherlock Holmes by re-creating 221B Baker Street inside an Altoid Tin (she’s since made several additional versions, shown here).

I think these are simply adorable; I love the notion of a whole little world that you can carry in your pocket. It’s like dollhouses taken to the next level of twee.

I’m apparently really late to the party in being surprised by Altoid-tin art, however: Nichola has done other awesome designs like this Halloween vignette, and googling “altoid tin diorama” turns up a ridiculous number of amazing designs.

Artfully Musing did a Mini Apothecary. Miss Lorna Rose did a neat Nosferatu version. The Uniconoclast does neat Halloween ones.

Sabrina of Split Coast Stampers made a creepy Halloween tin. Jabauer did a zombie-themed one.

Jim Doran combines the tins with carefully-cut paper to create a whole series of “miniature worlds.”

If you like Altoids anyway, you suddenly have a whole new reason to buy them. The dioramas would make really interesting party favors. You can create personalized scenes for all of your friends. And after you’ve gifted everybody you know with a teensy diorama, you can squeeze out a few more tins with an Altoid Advent calendar like the steampunk version done by Over the Crescent Moon.

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  1. Kathy White Says:

    What a great idea. I have been using Altoid tins for doll torsos (torsi?) so that you get a doll with a hiding place. I loved doing dioramas as a child.

  2. Sisifo Says:

    My house will need loads and oodles of shelves for all of these cool trinkets and tins I’m going to make one day.

  3. xJane Says:

    While I respect the time and skill it took to do that, I’m not a huge fan of them as is. However, I do believe that Altoid tins are perfect for Small Things™ and I’ve made a number of sewing/first aid/Maid of Honor kits from them. (My friend used to keep condoms in them…) I love the exterior decorations of these and some of the internal decorations could also be reused for the exterior to make a goth/Sherlock/Hallowe’en Maid of Honor kit (for example).

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