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Altoids Tin Checkers Game

I love playing games. Whether it’s Candy Land with my oldest daughter or Bunco with the ladies, I always have a blast learning new games and playing the classics.

Today I bring to you an awesome (and compact) way to play one of those classics. Checkers!

Here is a fun and easy way to play this classic game pretty much anywhere and everywhere. Whether you’re at a restaurant waiting on your food or in the car on a long road trip, you can just pull this out of your purse and pass the time!

So, here’s how you make this compact version.

First, you’ll gather the following supplies: An Altoids tin (Or herb teas tin in my case, ha!), Mod Podge, craft brush, paper plate, scissors, two different colors of cardstock, small craft magnets, and checkered scrap book paper.

Measure your tin to determine how big of a piece of the checkered paper you’ll need and then cut your checkered paper out with your scissors.

Cover the top of your Altoids tin with Mod Podge. Make sure it’s nice and coated.

**Feel free to spray paint your tin before you do this step if you want to make it extra fancy. I liked the color and look of this tin so I kept it in its natural state.

Then, center your checkered scrap book paper on the tin top and apply another liberal amount on top of the paper.

Once you’re finished it should look something like this. Make sure all your brush strokes are even and going in the same direction. When the Mod Podge dries it will become clear, so don’t worry about the way it looks at this point.

While you’re waiting on your tin to dry, take your craft magnets and peel the paper off the sticky side.

Then, take half the magnets you’re using and stick them to one color of card stock. Stick the rest to the other color of card stock. Give enough space between each magnet to get your scissors in between them to cut them out.

Cut around each magnet, making the card stock the same shape as the magnet.

Here are both colors all cut out. Sweet!

I covered each magnet with Mod Podge for uniformity, but you can skip this step if you want. I just like it all to look all shiny and purty. ­čÖé

And there you have it! Once you’re done playing, you just put the magnet inside the tin for storage! It will stay in place and you won’t have to worry about pieces getting lost. Woohoo!

And here’s my daughter playing with the finished product. I guess I have new game to teach her. She’s not too young, right? ­čÖé

Speaking of classic games- Another great game that I have always loved playing is Bingo! I played this fun community-style game every year as a wee tween at the Fire Station in the small town we lived in. I guess my next adventure is to figure a way to make a Bingo Altoids tin. In the meantime, I guess I’ll play online. There are some websites out there that you can play Bingo (no tutorial or Mod Podge needed- ha!). One really great website that I know of comes from the UK, called It’s always fun to gather with others- whether it’s online or in person- and play another great, classic game.

Enjoy! Let me know how your Altoids Tin Game turned out for you.

Hey! Meet Vanessa

A foodie, crafty, homeschooling mom of 3, who loves her Happy Planner and all things Mid Century Modern!


A foodie, crafty, homeschooling mom of 3, who loves her Happy Planner and all things Mid Century Modern!

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  1. That is so cute!!! Perfect to take on a road trip!

  2. I agree, perfect for trips! This is so creative. I like that they’re magnetic and that you can put the little pieces inside. Brilliant!

  3. My first thought was: this would be fantastic on a camping trip or other outing. Great idea!

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