I saw an awesome little idea at a thrift store recently and I just had to share it! I know your thinking... it's just a metal tin....
... it's a musical tin! I was so excited, especially after recently sharing my musical ornament tutorial with you all. This would be a great way to give a little extra oomph to some gifted holiday sweets, wouldn't it?
A tin with a flat side
Glue or Screws
Music box mechanism (new or recycled)
Safety glasses (wear them!)
Lay a piece of paper over the music box mechanism (the side with the turn key, but take the turn key off for now). Using a pencil or marker, make a mark where the turn key / screws would go by feeling it through the paper. Then, tape this onto the outside of your tin (as shown above) and drill through using the appropriate sized and type of drill bit. Be sure to wear your safety glasses!
No measuring required. If you are using glue to adhere your mechanism, just drill one hole for the turn key. I recommend using E-6000 as your adhesive.
Some music box mechanisms might have covers which would be great for this project. Mine doesn't, so I lined the tin with wax paper before filling it with some favourite cookies. An assortment of tea or individually wrapped candy would also be pretty sweet ;)