Father’s Day Mini Keepsake Tins DIY – Free Printables

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Three DIY Father’s Day Mini Keepsake Tins Ideas that Dad will love!

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These decorative tins are easy to make and dad will love this thoughtful handmade gift for Father’s Day or even his birthday.

If you have an Altoid Mint container you could use that but I recommend buying blank ones. I like the blank ones because the Altoid tins have raised areas on their tins. Below is a link to the exact tins I bought.

Related: Make a keepsake tin for Mom too! Link to that tutorial here –> Mini Keepsake Tins for Mom & Grandma – Free Printables

Once your tins are done, fill them with a thoughtful mini card or another small but mighty gift!

Here we filled ours with painted rocks, an Accordion Photo Book, and earbuds. Other ideas would be small candies, travel essentials, a chain, bracelet, or a thoughtful keepsake you know dad will love.

Check out the craft supply list below and all of the Father’s Day Mini Tin Ideas with full instructions below!

Supplies

How to make DIY Father’s Day Mini Keepsake Tins

Start by downloading and printing the Art we used here or gather up decorative paper for your own design for the lid of your tin.

Photo of the Free printable art used to make DIY Father's Day Mini Keepsake Tins.
Download, print and cut around the edge first.
Photo showing how to trace the contours of the mini tin cover and cut out art that will fit onto a Father's Day Mini Keepsake Tin.
Center the tin with the lid side down on the wrong side of the art and trace. Hold your tracing up to the light to see if your art is centered where you’d like it before cutting it out.
Use the tin to trace the material you choose to line the inside bottom of the tin. 
I used cork but you can also use felt of decorative paper.
Use the tin to trace the material you choose to line the inside bottom of the tin.
I used cork that I bought at Dollar Tree but you can also use felt or decorative paper.
Shown, one of the DIY Father's Day Mini Keepsake Tins lined with a sheet of cork.
Cork lining the bottom inside of my tin.

Applying the Cover Art

Apply Mod Podge to the top of the lid and a little over the sides to accommodate any overhang. Glue the cover art or decorative paper to the lid and smooth any overhang down making sure all edges are completely glued down.

Apply Mod Podge to the entire cover (from edge to edge) to glue down your art.
Apply Mod Podge to the entire cover (from edge to edge) to glue down your art.

Next, you’ll use Mod Podge Dimensional Magic to coat and protect the cover art. Use a brush or foam applicator to apply a thin coat of Dimensional Magic to the entire cover. It may look milky but it will dry completely clear.

Apply Mod Podge Dimensional Magic to the cover art of a Father's Day Mini Keepsake Tin.
Apply Mod Podge Dimensional Magic to your cover to seal and protect.

Putting It All Together

The inside of three tins shown for this Father's Day Keepsake Tin DIY. One filled with painted rocks, one with an Accordion Photo Book and one with ear buds.
Tins with painted rocks, an accordion photo book, and earbuds.

If you’re making painted rocks for your tin, use acrylic paint to paint them. Use a fine-tip permanent marker to add a fun message to dad or have everyone in your family decorate one!

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To make an Accordion Photo Book for your tin you’ll need to print a few family photos about 2″ x 3″ size on card stock. If you’re on Windows or macOS, you can easily print a contact sheet–get the full instructions here on How to Make an Accordion Photo Book.

That’s it. Three fun gift tin ideas to make for dad!

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If you love this craft, Pin-It this image to your Pinterest craft boards to come back to later. Then check out more Father’s Day Craft Ideas.

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