Freebie Friday: Altered Altoid Tin with Currier and Ives Scene

currier and ives feature

I made this altered Altoid tin with a Currier and Ives snowy scene.  I attached a 1″ sisal Christmas tree and glued mica flake snow to the edges.

currier side view

I decorated the sides with ribbon and dots of Stickle’s glitter glue.

currier inside view

Sheet music cut to the size of the Altoid tin decorates the inside and the bottom.

I usually get a Currier and Ives Christmas card in the mail every year and never actually had any knowledge of “Currier and Ives.”  Since I was using a free clip art image of a snowy scene by Currier and Ives I checked out Wikipedia and discovered some cool history:

Currier and Ives was a successful American printmaking firm based in New York City from 1835 to 1907 headed first by Nathaniel Currier, and later jointly with his partner James Merritt Ives. The prolific firm produced prints from paintings by fine artists as black and white lithographs that were hand colored. Lithographic prints could be reproduced quickly and purchased inexpensively, and the firm called itself “the Grand Central Depot for Cheap and Popular Prints” and advertised its lithographs as “colored engravings for the people”.[1] The firm adopted the name “Currier and Ives” in 1857.

I couldn’t tell you how many Currier and Ives Christmas cards I have removed from my mailbox through the years, but those scenes are quintesential Christmas to me.

I trimmed one snowy scene to fit the top of an Altoid tin and applied some mica flake snow and a 1″ sisal Christmas tree to make a cute Christmas container for a gift card, money, or a handful of  candy.

Feel free to make one of your own.  Through the years I have always been glad I had little inexpensive handmade items that were handy to give out to folks like the postal carrier, the hairdresser etc.  It is a nice token and gives a gift of cash an UPGRADE with a homey touch!

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currier and ives photo for PDF

Author: Patty Thurlby

I am a full time artist with a whimsical point of view!

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