The beauty of this Altoids creation is that it's solar powered... and yet requires almost no knowledge of electrical circuitry. We are going to "steal" the guts from 2 solar-powered garden lights and simply transfer them over to our much-loved Altoids tin. In my case, the fit was near perfect.
During the day, simply open it up to soak in the sun's rays and charge the 1.5 volt AA batteries. At night, close the lid, flip the switches on, and you've got free illumination! (Thanks to Mr. Sun.) A small word of warning: do not attempt to assemble this after a double espresso. Steady hands required (-:
Step 1: Gather Up Your Tools...
- The drill makes lovely holes for lights and such.
- The glue gun is great for sticking everything in place.
- The roto-zip is handy for cutting but not entirely necessary.
- The soldering iron is only needed if you happen to rip a wire off (oops!).
- Duct tape is great for making sure the tin is "insulated".
- Scissors, sharp knife, drill bits and wire cutters all come in handy too.
- Finally we are going to need a flat surface. I used the shiny dining room table.