Altoids DS Game Carrying Case for Under $4

Hello everyone, and welcome to my first Instructable! In this Instructable, I'll give tips on how to make your own Altoids DS game carrying case!

Step 1: Materials

To start off this build, we need to gather the right materials. You should be able to find all of this in your home, however, you may need to purchase some of it. Here are the parts:

  • Altoids tin (x1)
  • Duct Tape (x1)
  • Hard foam from a package (x1)

The foam may be difficult to locate. I used foam from an old box (maybe a coffee machine box, I'm not sure). Once you've gathered all of your parts, it's time to start building!

Step 2: Preparing the Tin

Firstly, remove any Altoids mints from the tin itself, and rinse the dust out of it. We'll want to start off by lining the inside top and bottom with duct tape. This is not only for aesthetics, but to also reduce the noise of the games "clanking" around in the tin.

To prepare the outside of the tin, we'll want to make a flap on the top portion, where the "Altoids" branding is located. Take two medium-sized pieces of duct tape and tape the two sticky sides together to form an uppercase "T". Fasten the flap on the top of the tin, and then proceed the next step.

Step 3: Foam + Duct Tape

Next, we'll want to cut the foam to fit two rows of DS games. It's important to make sure that the foam is short enough to fit in the tin and close. Simply trace two DS games next to each other, and carefully cut out the rest of the foam. Once we've completed that step, it's time to strengthen the foam.

We'll want to strengthen the foam, so when games are shoved into the tin, the foam doesn't break on us. Strengthening the foam will also help it fit snugly in the Altoids tin. This part is very simple, however, it's important to take your time as it's a pain to remove duct tape from delicate foam. Simply cut strands of duct tape and wrap them around each side of the foam. I used three strands; One for each of the two longer parts of foam, and one for the shorter part that held all of the foam together.

We're almost done with duct tape! Simply make a small "wall" of duct tape by rolling it over itself in a flat form. Then, tape the "wall" to the other side of the tin's interior. While this step is optional, it should greatly improve the stacks of games, and help them stay.

Step 4: Storing! (and Then We're Done!)

We're almost done with the tin. All that remains is storing the actual cartridges and styluses (or styli, I never know which one it is. Styli sounds too weird, IMO). Secure the styluses on top under the duct tape flap, and then stack up to eight of your favorite Nintendo DS games in the tin. Congratulations, you've finished!

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    2 years ago

    Thanks! Glad you liked it :)