Don’t you love when you come across something that would make a GREAT homeschool project, but can also double as an awesome DIY Christmas gift? That is exactly what you have with this DIY Altoid Tin Survival Kit.
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Now, back to our project…
Everyone could benefit from a DIY Altoid Tin Survival Kit if they were ever in a survival situation. It is small enough to fit anywhere; glove boxes, pockets, purses, you get the idea. You can include anything you think would be useful in a survival situation.
Don’t worry if you don’t have everything included in this tutorial. Most of these items were found at a local superstore.
What You Will Need:
- Empty Altoid Box
- Waterproof Matches
- Striking Surface of a Match Box
- Duct Tape
- Fish Hooks
- Fishing Line
- Small Piece of Cardboard
- Fishing Weights
- Alcohol Pads
- Mini Flashlight
- Safety Pins
- Multi Tool
- Mini Compass
- Acetaminophen Tablets
- Antihistamine Tablets
How to Make a DIY Altoid Tin Survival Kit
There is a little prep work to do before you can start loading the tin with items.
First, begin making a mini roll of duct tape by folding it onto itself and then wraping it around and around. Cut the mini roll from the large roll and set aside.
Next, cut a small piece of aluminum foil and fold it into an envelope. It is easier to get a true envelope shape if you start out with a square. The envelope doesn’t have to be pretty, just something to keep the acetaminophen tablets together and offer a little bit of protection. Put the tablets in the envelope and set aside.
Now, grab that tiny rectangular piece of cardboard and cut out two small triangles out of each of the short sides. These cutouts will help the fishing line stay on the cardboard without slipping off.
Then wind the fishing line onto the cardboard, tucking in the end when you’re done and set it aside.
Finally, cut the striking surface from the side of a waterproof matchbox and glue it to the inside of the lid.
Now you’re ready to start filling the tin with all of the survival items. If you like puzzles you will enjoy this task. Be strategic in your placement so that everything will fit.
Another idea for a little added safety is to glue a small piece paper in the bottom of the tin that has name, birth date, pertinent medical information, and a few emergency contact numbers written on it. Cover it with packing tape to give it a protection from any water that might make its way in the tin.
This is a thoughtful DIY gift by itself but you could also give it in conjunction with camping supplies, or as part of a disaster preparedness kit.