Altoids Tin Mini Fishing Game

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January 11, 2013

fishing for fishThis mini fishing game is a perfect purse activity to entertain them.


Total Time: 1 hour


  • 1 Altoids box
  • 1 wooden dowel (3 1/2 in. long)
  • felt squares, any colors
  • small metal washers
  • 1 small magnet (with a hole in the middle)
  • yarn
  • hot glue
fishing game supplies


  1. Cut a piece of yarn about 12 inches long. Tie one end of the yarn onto the dowel.
  2. tie yarn onto dowel
  3. Leave a tail to wrap around the dowel, to secure the "fishing line". Run a line of hot glue down the dowel and wrap the yarn over it. When you reach the end, put a dot of hot glue onto the end of the dowel and push the end of the yarn into it to secure it.
  4. wrapping yarn on dowel
    finished fishing pole

  5. Tie the "fishing line on to the magnet using a square knot. Now set your fishing pole aside.
  6. attach magnet
  7. Sketch a simple fish pattern on a piece of cardboard. Make sure to test fit it in the Altoids tin. Cut out two fish shapes per fish. Cut them out.
  8. cutting out fish
  9. Begin sewing the two fish pieces together on your sewing machine. Before you completely sew it shut, slip a washer inside, then finish sewing it closed.
  10. adding washer to fish

  11. Tie of the thread ends and cut of any extra thread. Then trim off any excess felt, where the shapes may have shifted, leaving overhanging edges.
  12. finished fish
  13. When not in use, stow the game in the tin. Happy fishing!
  14. game inside tin
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February 2, 2013

This video shows you how to make a fishing game that fits inside an Altoids tin.

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