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If you have babies (or friends/family with babies) who aren't exclusively breast feeding you will find yourself swimming in formula tins. As this is where I find myself with young twins on breast/bottle: the tins are mounting up. As there are only so any screws and components needing storage I munched on a jelly baby and came up with this, the first of the Formula-craft (FC) instructables. Introducing the FC Coin Collector. It's highly customisable, holds a reasonable amount of coin, can be adapted for all currencies, is easy to access and fairly sturdy.

Disclaimer: 1st instructable for this tribe - let me know what you think.

Step 1: Gather & Wash Materials

You will need:

1 Formula tin - brand is purely personal prefernce of course - washed and dried (don't skimp on the washing feral formula smells incredibly gross and grows some funky nasties)
Pair of scissors
Stanley or similar sharp knife

Optional:
2 A4 Sheets of Paper
Sticky Tape
Colouring/drawing devices
Glue
Decorations
Child/ren 3+yrs

Step 2: Make the Coin Slot

Remove the lid from the tin and pick where you want your coin slot to start.
Push the stanley knife through so you create a narrow slot.
Remove the stanley knife and insert the scissors.
Now cut the slot to your desired width and length. *

  • You may execute this step in its entirety with a stanley or craft knife. I have shaky weak hands so prefer my craft scissors wherever possible.

Step 3: Decorate!

Take your pieces of A4 and decorate it as you like. If you have chosen to gather a child over three as part of your materials you may put them to work on the design and decorate phase. Of course, this is again purely optional.

Once you have a piece of paper decorated to your liking grab that sticky tape, trim the paper to size and attach your paper to your tin, ensuring it's all covered over.

You will probably need to cut a small rectangular patch from the second piece of paper to cover the whole tin, depending on tin size/brand.

Step 4: Finish and Start Saving

Once you have attached yor brilliant design, replace the lid. You are now ready to start saving all of that annoying shrapnel.
Or give them to the optional child/ren to save their pocket money in.
it is the obvious ideas that elude our minds. congrats on your first instructable, its a great idea!
Cute project
Thanx - it's my first instructable :)
I guess this could be done with a coffee can also
It could definitely be done with any lidded can, I used the formula tins because the lids are soft plastic (here in oz the coffee tins are all metal) making it easy to cut especially with pre-school age children around and although my coffee consumption is pretty high, it can't compete with my twins consmption of formula ;) .

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