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Recycle old mint tins

Disney FamilyFun magazine

(MCT)

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Pack a handy kit

Mint tins are designed to be sturdy and portable, so they make ideal containers for little on-the-go necessities.

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To make a boredom-busting kit, trace the lid on lightweight paper (colored printer paper works well), cut out the shape, and adhere it to the lid with craft glue (we used Crafter's Pick The Ultimate).

Stick white paper to an adhesive magnetic sheet, then draw facial features with a marker. Cut out the features and stow them inside the lid. Fill the kit with miniature versions of fun essentials, such as playing cards and colored pencils, and use the top as a base for creating faces. Stock a primping kit with lip gloss, a small comb, and hair accessories. Glue decorative paper and a tiny mirror to the lid's underside, Use more glue and paper to cover the tin's exterior, if desired.

Print a template for the boredom-busting kit's funny facial features at FamilyFun.com/magazine.

Grow a cactus garden

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This pocket garden is easy to put together -- and even easier to tend. Begin by removing the lid from a mint tin (do this by slowly and firmly pushing back on the lid until the hinges bend open).

If desired, decorate the tin's sides with paper (adhered with craft glue) or colored tape.

Next, for drainage, pour in a single layer of small pebbles or aquarium gravel. Fill the tin the rest of the way with potting soil made for succulent gardens. To plant your tiny cacti, hollow out a depression in the soil and tuck in the plants, handling them with gloves if they have spines.

Gently press down around the roots, then tap the tin lightly to help the soil settle. Keep your garden in a sunny, warm spot, and water it sparingly when the soil feels dry.

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