Introduction: Lock an Altiods Container

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There are thousands of uses for Altiods aside from eating them. However if they can open unintentionally it can make them far less effective. Outlined in this intractable is how to build a free easy lock for an Altoids case.

Step 1: Gather Materials

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For this project you will need a set of needle nosed pilars, wirecutters, a paper clip, a thumbtack, and an Altoids container.

Step 2: Straighten and Cut Paperclip

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Using the needle nose pilars striagten the paper clip. (It doesn't have to be perfect) then cut a small piece of the paperclip with wirecutters.(see image two for approx. size)

Step 3: Punch a Hole

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Use the Thumb Tack to punch a hole through both parts of the Altoids tin. This is easier said then done you may have to do one section.

Step 4: Bend the Paper Clip

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For the first bend make a 90 degree bend about twice the size of the hole down the piece of paper clip. For the second bend stick the 1st bend into the hle and mark where the clip reaches the top. Then bend again at 90 degrees to create a 'c' shape.

Step 5: Volia!

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You Should have something that looks like this. To lock the case slide the smallest end in the hole, lift the long end up and then slide down.


Capt. Kidd (author)2009-06-14

its called tape. use it.

BenjaminK15 (author)Capt. Kidd2016-05-31

tape is hard to take off.

BenjaminK15 (author)Capt. Kidd2016-05-31

tape is hard to take off.

BenjaminK15 (author)Capt. Kidd2016-05-31

tape is hard to take off.

Atlas22 (author)2009-11-27

simple, safe (exluding thumbtak), and easy...5 stars

ERCCRE123 (author)2009-07-21

i like to make another ben in the unbent end of the paperclip and put it in a second hole in the lid so it doesn't swivel around

JTS999 (author)2009-05-13

Awesome i used it on my mini notebook and mini pen holder but wen i waz making the hole i slipped and shoved the thumb tack in my thumb :(

daninja (author)JTS9992009-07-08

thats why its called a THUMB tack. Its just a nicer term for the midevil torture item Thumb Screws.

judelizowski (author)2007-09-22

Perfect !!!. i use altoids for keeping gunpowder (ect.) in and it opens unintentionaly sometimes. GREAT instructable. 13.5/10

reds322 (author)judelizowski2008-03-24

Wow you keep gunpowder in a METAL tin. Very unsafe. What if there happen to be a static spark while the gunpowder was in there. That would end badly. Not recomended

musicninja17 (author)reds3222009-04-10

Gunpowder comes in a metal tin. lol.

tigerboy (author)reds3222008-05-04

go down to a gun shop they sell it in a metal container

R4Man18 (author)tigerboy2008-09-02

Plus he could easily spray some anti static in it.

awang8 (author)R4Man182008-12-16

Or put it in a anti-static bag. (Or better, melt one over it, although take the gunpower out first.)

ducktape1 (author)judelizowski2007-09-23

13.5/10??? Just wondering

judelizowski (author)ducktape12007-10-04

13.5 out of 10

ducktape1 (author)judelizowski2007-10-05

ok thanks

awang8 (author)2008-12-16

To punch a hole use a fully metal thumbtack (the old-fashioned ones) and hammer it through with a hammer.

Scrubsfan1234 (author)2008-11-17

I'd make a hooked end that rotates(just through the bottom, then use an L-shaped pieceto lock it.

R4Man18 (author)2008-09-02

From what I can tell this looks like a simple lock if anyone is curious how it works I would say you pierce both the lid and the tin and the paper clip keeps them from opening. The hook only keeps the clip from sliding out which would be possible if it were in an L instead of a J shape. Its clever, its simple and I shall start using this instead of a strap/rubber band.

andrew13 (author)2008-06-22

What's the point?

- creative name - (author)2007-09-25

to open it do you need to take the paper clip thing out?


if you do not understand what i am saying, do NOT reproduce

bowmaster (author)2008-03-19

Neat Instructable.

Cheswick32 (author)2007-10-13

my dad helped me punch the hole in the tin and said for the iner hole you shuld put cardboard bentith it

its a lion (author)2007-09-08

very nice. i can use this, and i just happen to have one of those laying around. no paperclip though. thats easy to obtain though. one question though, how well does it stay in? maybe i need to make it to figure it out.

ac1D (author)its a lion2007-09-08

Hope you understand now! Well done instructables and very cool idea!

its a lion (author)ac1D2007-09-09

i got that much, i was just wondering if it held tight or kind of wobbled around. i couldnt get it based on his wording. nevermind, i figured it out looking at the box. it is a great idea. i meant to say that last night, and forgot.

dglp (author)2007-09-09

Very nice in its simplicity - but what keeps the 'key' from falling out? WOuld it not be simple to add another bend, at the other end of the wire, and insert it permanently into a hole in the tray below the rim of the lid?

ducktape1 (author)dglp2007-09-09

There are two bends in the key when it is done it sortof has a 'c' shape sry that it is unclear --> see step 5 pic

dglp (author)dglp2007-09-09

here's a variation on the idea. Hooking the wire in the middle of the case allows you to swivel it and use it to prop open the case when a second hole is made near the back of the lid.

supersaddy (author)2007-09-09

Hey Pat its Shayne nice instructable.

- creative name - (author)2007-09-08

hmmm this is pretty cool. I wonder how well those new video playing ipod nanos would fit. They seem like the same shape as an altoids box

buterSBob29 (author)2007-09-08

thats cool

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