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Altoids Tin Mini Fishing Game

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These little felt fish tuck away into an Altoids tin for a fun take with you game for the kids. This is a guide about making an Altoids tin mini fishing game.


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January 11, 2013

This 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


  1. Cut a piece of yarn about 12 inches long. Tie one end of the yarn onto the dowel.
  2. 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.
  3. Tie the "fishing line on to the magnet using a square knot. Now set your fishing pole aside.
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  5. 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.
  6. 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.
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  8. 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.
  9. When not in use, stow the game in the tin. Happy fishing!
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February 2, 20130 found this helpful

This video shows you how to make a fishing game that fits inside an Altoids tin. This is a great game to keep in you purse. View the full project here: Mini Fishing Game

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