Picture of The Pocket Tacklebox
Do you love fishing? If you do, then you will love this mini tackle box made with just an altoids tin and a couple popsicle sticks. This tacklebox will have 6 storage areas for all of your hooks, line, and sinkers (No pun intended).
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Step 1: Materials

To make an altoids tin tackle box, you will need these common household items:

An empty Altoids tin,
A pair of heavy duty scissors,
A used gift card,
A hot glue gun,
6 popsicle sticks,
Spraypaint (optional).

hholland4193 months ago

nice kit! I secure my hooks with a safety pin to keep them from rattling around & getting "tangled"

edvannatta2 years ago
hello ?
like information this ? ok
l_skywalker3 years ago
you might even be able to rig a section that swings upwards...hard to explain but if youve seen the other tackle boxes there are some with things that swing up... if you mod this please post pics! thanks
thanks for the idea i will do that probily friday
I just built this project in about 30 minutes. I used super glue to see how it would hold and its fast drying. Very good instructions. This is going in my pack tonight. Thanks!
Mr.19113 years ago
You should consider entering this in the pocket sized contest. I would definatly vote!
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.... except when sounding like 'a' like in neighbor and!
I used a can of monster (energy drink) instead of the gift card. I hope you do not mind but I used this idea in one of my instructables (I put a link to this page to accredit you for it of coarse. Here's the link if you want to check it out:
brittain1233 years ago
sweet project
PJPEEJ3 years ago
Can you put dry bait in it? Like, will it stay fresh?
Great project
hackmattr4 years ago
This is a good idea. I get addicted to these mints in school and have a ton of containers. I needed a compact fishing kit.
dkop14 years ago
Like this 'ible. may i suggest some spooled fishing line? great when you're fishing without a rod. or you could make your own fishing rod from branch, pole, et. etc.
ima fly fisherman so i made a fly 1 with a roof works grt
hippyland25 years ago
you sould add another giftcard in betweenthe sides so that when you close it the contents dont intermingle

I think that the pull-out tray is supposed to be taken out of the lid and placed in the bottom of the Altoids tin (right-side-up) and then close the lid.  The bottom (gift card) of the pull-out tray keeps the items from intermingling.


This is a great 'ible, thanks.
i just finished mine and its great but i used a little too much glue so its looks really messy.
i found that the tin would not stay closed the greatest so i took a elastic band (the ones you get from produce) and i kept it together no matter how hard you shook it.
SkunkRyder4 years ago
just made one of these for my fiance, he loved it! now all of our friends want one too. thanks for the amazing instructable! now what do i do with all of these mints?
JohnMichael5 years ago
Have you considered gluing some magnets in it to help keep hooks and such from being spilled?
Halotriple3 (author)  JohnMichael5 years ago
The tray and dividers are so tight that everything stays in it's place even when you shake it upside down
I do like this idea and am considering making one myself. I am working on figuring out a way to fit in a slip-bobber.
just put a peice of a cork for a bobber

I was thinking more about the box being bumped when it is open. Just a thought...
eddy147775 years ago
hey you should add some small peices of a cork for a bobber
Hmff5 years ago
nice ill try it.
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cut me a brake will ya? i neever sed i cud spel!!!!
i'm just messing with you.
haha lol
PastTheVoid5 years ago
This is just like Q^Q^!
okieman5 years ago
D.L.H.5 years ago
It is good but, can you also add a tiny roof for the tackle equipment not to get lose and inter mingle.
nice idea man!!
sabbysayshi5 years ago
browncar5 years ago
I guess you could make three or 4 compartments inside. Actually any size you would need and use it to hold spoons or small lures .
instead of an old gift card you could use and old i.d.; that way if you lose it your name is in it and not going any where
myrrhmaid5 years ago
I want one! Great job!
garooob5 years ago
The pull-out tray and popsicle-stick dividers are the best Altoids modification I've seen yet! I should add them to mine!
andi4565 years ago
This is cool. It doesnt have to be just a tackle box either, like for people that arent into fishing.
dpr5 years ago
good for sunfish, but for bass, big no. just like the pen fishing rod good for sunfish only.
hey i love fishing so this is, so far the best "other" use for a altoids tin
chaoschao995 years ago
hey dude, its ryan, tight, tight, nice i hope you will win!
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i mean comma(,) comma(,) caps 6() on one side
drmjj555 years ago
this is a great idea but you should add in a later 'able how to make a small fishing rod
now make a mini fishing rod yes this is a pocket sized item wat good is it without a pocket sized rod and reel
Awesome idea!
thepelton5 years ago
Neat! I recall going on a mushroom foray a couple weeks ago when I couldn't find any good mushrooms. In fact, I couldn't find ANY, even the BAD ones, and I wished I had brought something else to occupy my time. This would have been a good addition.
mg0930mg5 years ago
I was going to do this..... >:( You took my idea....Lucky you.
great idea I am going to make one of these later
lingd65 years ago
shouldn't there be a knife?
tevers945 years ago
when you close it the tackle will mix won't it.
puzka tevers945 years ago
From my cursory examination of the photo's it would appear that the 'box' in the lid of the tin will sit on the lower box and then the tin lid will fit on top ie the top section isn't glued in to the lid so can be lifted out an in
tevers94 puzka5 years ago
oic, oic, oic
Halotriple3 (author)  puzka5 years ago
Puzka, you are exactly right.
reedz tevers945 years ago
It shouldn't, there are dividers and it seems to be a tight enough fit for everything to stay put.
wakojako5 years ago
i made a altoids fly box