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iToid: The iPhone Altoids.

For those who are tired of hearing their friends going ga-ga over the iPhone, but are too cheap to shell out $500 for a phone (or if you live in Vermont), I present to you something you can make for about $2 - behold, the iToid: the iPhone Altoids! From a distance, it looks quite like the real thing, so your co-workers may scoot over to your cubicle for a closer look. If they're disappointed that you don't have the real thing, there is a plus side to it: you can offer them an Altoid.

If the process isn't obvious to you, here's how to make it:






















Step 1. Get Yourself a tin of Altoids
Duh.

Step 2. Paint the red parts black.
You can also use permanent markers, though I happen to have black paint.

Update 7/4/07: Apparently, licorice flavored altoids already comes in black, so you can skip this messy step.

Step 3. Print the iPhone Picture
The dimensions of the iPhone are slightly different than that of an Altoids tin, but fear not: I've "right-sized" one for you.

Download the iPhone picture (JPEG | PNG formats) then print it and cut it out. (You may need to open it with Photoshop or Fireworks rather than printing it straight from the browser.)

Step 4. Glue and Affix
Glue the printed paper onto your altoids tin, and voilà! You've got yourself an iPhone Altoids!

Step 5. Celebrate by Eating an Altoid
Or two. Or three. Share with a friend and let them marvel at your creation.


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I just got a silver Gift Card Holder at Lowe's (near the check out). It's thin, but it looks great (and still fits the PicoPad by the way). The gift tin has www.seastone.com on the back.
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