Introduction: Altoid Can Wallet
It had to be done... an Altoid Can Wallet was imminent. Use an old Altoids Can as your wallet, outfitting it with a bank style coin inserter and a useful LED light.
Items needed for this project:
~Button cell batteries
Step 1: Get It, Eat It, Magnet
Get your can, eat the mints, and grab some magnets. The top portion will be used to magnet paper bills to the top, whereas the bottom will be reserved for the LED light, change, cards, and whatever other wallet stuffs you feel like putting in.
Simply get a magnet or two and put them on your folded bills. The magnets stick to the metal can and the money looks really cool as if it's hanging there.
Next step: Coin Slot
Step 2: The Coin Hatch
Now, we're going to make a coin slot so as to put change more easily into the Altoids can without opening the lid every time (because we all know how time consuming that is). Take your can, measure out the appropriate size (I used the length of a quarter), and cut away!
I used a Dremel to do this. Use caution!!! Flying metal may occur, though it is a straight cut.
You can use some other means to make this slit, but I find it's easiest just to Dremel it.
After this, I took a piece of cardboard paper and cut it a bit bigger than the cut and wider. I put this on the inside and magneted it to the can. That way, money goes in, and doesn't come out.
Step 3: LED Light
For the LED light, I grabbed a couple (three) of button cell batteries and taped them together. I wired it out, the positive to the switch and then to the LED.
Next: Mounting the LED light.
Step 4: Mounting the LED
After making the small LED circuit, I decided to mount it off of the bottom of the can so as the cards could fit under it, but below the lid. I drilled a hole for the LED to poke through and then cut another for the switch to be mounted and be accessed from the outside. Adding some hot glue, the light was good to go.
Additionally, if you want the light on the inside, simply bend it inwards and forget drilling a hole for it. But don't forget to cover the back of it so you don't short it out on the tin!
Step 5: Adding Felt Noise Softeners
You're almost there. To reduce the noise of the coins, I cut up some felt pads and attached them to the sides of the can. This simple action drastically reduced the noise given off by the coins.
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