Introduction: Stealth Altoids
As anyone who likes Altoids can tell you, carrying the tin around is about the loudest thing you can do short of wearing corduroys and flip flops... so I decided to try and silence the container.
for this you will need:
a pen or pencil
a thin piece of cardboard (i used the back of a note pad)
some Duct tape
and an Altoids Smalls tin. (I'm sure this could be applied to a normal altoids tin but my measurements are for the smalls)
P.S. the cardboard has already been cut to size in the photo.
Step 1: Creating the Cardboard Panels
You are going to need to cut two pieces of cardboard in the following dimensions (one each)
2,5/8" x 1,1/4" -- (6.7cm x 3.2cm)
2,2/8" x 1" -- (6.0cm x 2.5cm)
Once cut , you will want to round over the corners of the larger one, I just traced the cap of a Sharpie pen and cut them, but you could use anything handy like a dime, or AAA battery (or just freehand)
Now you will want to layout a length of your Duct tape and stick the two panels to it, make sure to leave room around the edges and between the two panels. (See the First Image)
Then apply another length of tape to the the top (See second Image) and trace around the cardboard with your fingernail to help define the shapes. (also try to remove any air bubbles)
Now we are going to cut these two shapes out leaving about 1/16" (2mm) around the edges so the tape remains sealed and the Altoids dust wont get between the card board and tape. (See Third Image)
Next make 2 Tape loops sticky side out (Image Four) and Apply them to the backs of the panels (Image Five)
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Step 2: Applying the Panels and Finishing Touches
First you will want to remove the Altoids from the tin and the top of the tin from the bottom.
Next do you best to remove the thin layer of white dust from the inside of the tin so the tape will stick properly.
Now insert the two panels, the larger one goes in the bottom half, and the smaller one in the concaved section of the top. (See First Image)
Alright now this part may be a bit annoying since the tape will try to stick to itself but if you're careful it shouldn't be too much of a hassle, take a length of duct tape (I would say around 10" (25.5cm) and rip or cut a strip about 1/4in (7mm) (Image Two) off of it and slowly apply it to the inner wall of the Altoids tin (Image Three). Repeat the last step two or three times until it is nice and padded.
Now just reassemble the Tin and put the Altoids back. (Image Four)
Now obviously if you pick this up and shake it its still going to rattle, but once in your pocket you should no longer hear them.