Saturday, January 2, 2021

Sideshow Tin

Happy Saturday, everyone! I've used Altoid tins in my crafting for years and love that Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts produces a series of tin insert frames. I chose a GSL Altoids Insert Frames Scalloped for this tiny sideshow project.

Any time I decorate a tin, I make sure to sand all of the surfaces to rough them up a bit. I chose a moody dark red paper from BoBunny's Carnival collection and a tiny sideshow poster. The yellow stage was made from a piece of basswood cut to size and painted with yellow acrylic paint. 

I always use Mod Podge to adhere paper to a tin. The yellow stage was glued in place using tacky glue. The entrance to the sideshow tent is made from a GSL House Ornament Porch.

The scalloped chipboard insert was painted a festive red before gluing it in place.

I searched through my collection of tiny millefiori coins to find one to decorate the entrance.

Every sideshow needs a performer to draw in the crowds. I chose a strong man from my collection of Preiser HO Fun Fair performers. 

To top the tin, I glued some metal rings around black beads to hold flowers in place and a printed sideshow 'alive' sign to a painted wooden disk. 

Here they are glued in place.  I used small beads to foot the tin and ran a bit of baker's twine around the tin insert to give it a finished look.

Thanks for stopping by!

GSL Products Used

Altoids Insert Frames Scalloped

House Ornament Porch

Other Supplies Used

Sanding block

Mod Podge

Acrylic paint

BoBunny's Carnival collection paper

Miniature sideshow poster

Preiser HO Fun Fair Performers


Millefiori coin

Wooden disk

Printed image

Baker's twine


Paper flowers











  1. Fantastic let’s hope the Freak Show of a year that was 2020 is behind us and we can all go to an actual Faire again this year! Happy New Year!! Happy creating!!!

  2. Thanks so much, happy new year to you and yours!