The Pocket Tacklebox




Introduction: 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).

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).

Step 2: Modifying Your Gift Card

In this step you will cut your used giftcard. All you need to do is cut a little off the corners so it will easily fit into the altoids tin. If you want, you can spraypaint the modifyed giftcard for a more profesional look.

Step 3: Cutting the Popsicle Sticks

This step will require some thinking, your heavy duty scissors, and a ruler. You are going to cut the 6 popsicle sticks into:

Three 2 and 1/4 inch long peices,
One 1 and 1/4 inch long peice,
Two 2 and 3/4 inch long peices,
Four 1 and 7/8 inch long peices.

Step 4: Start the Pull Out Tray

In this step you will start making the pull out tray. After you spray paint the gift card, you need to take your two 2 and 3/4 inch peices and hot glue them to the long sides of the giftcard. Then take two 1 and 7/8 inch peices and hot glue them to the short sides. You should have a giftcard with popsicle sticks making a rectangle.

Step 5: FInishing the Pull Out Tray

To finish the pull out tray, all you have to do is glue your last two 1 and 7/8 popsicle stick peices and glue them inside the rectangle like shown in the picture.

Step 6: Finishing the Bottom

In this step you will finish the bottom (Hence the title). First, glue two of your 2 and 1/4 inch long peices onto the inside left and right sides. Then place your one 1 and 1/4 inch long peice sticking out from the middle of the right side peice. To finish it off, put your last 2 and 1/4 inch long peice against the 1 and 1/4 inch long peice.

Step 7: Finishing the Project

To finish the Pocket Tacklebox, all you have to do is fill the compartments with hooks, weights, swivels, ect. It is very portable because all you have to do when you're done using it is put the pull out tray on top of the inside compartments. When you're ready to use it again, open the altoids box and pull out the tray.

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glue a thin magnetic sheet like the ones the use for calenders and biz card to the area your hooks are as long as the are steel hooks they wont fall out as easy if you tip the kit over when its open.. i alsoo added some red yarn and colored pipe cleaners for imitation bait

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

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

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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!

You should consider entering this in the pocket sized contest. I would definatly vote!

Can you put dry bait in it? Like, will it stay fresh?

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.

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.

you sould add another giftcard in betweenthe sides so that when you close it the contents dont intermingle

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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.