Cigar Box Charm

by Teri.jeffrey
7 Materials
2 Hours

I never pass up a wooden box for my craft supply stash. When a friend offered me several cigar boxes, it was an opportunity for creativity to go into overdrive. While converting cigar boxes is nothing new, it’s nice to revisit old ideas.

Thank you, Hemingway!

Starting with a standard cigar box, the outside was lightly sanded and the top & bottom lining on inside removed.

Annie Sloan Meets Hemingway

Annie Sloan Old Ochre is one of my favorite neutral paint colors. For this project, I wanted a light base and painted the entire outside.

Keep Room for the Pattern

The inside was partially painted to allow a pattern piece to be glued to the wood area.

Duck Egg Blue Feet

Wood craft clothespin holders seemed perfect for base feet and Annie Sloan’s Duck Egg Blue was my choice for contrasting paint.

Stencil & Stipple

A simple stencil using the Duck Egg Blue and a stipple pattern was added to the top of the box. My method of stippling is to dip my stencil brush lightly in the paint and dab on a piece of paper before dabbing / stippling a project.

Darker Contrast

To give the color more depth, I stippled Aubusson Blue over the Duck Egg Blue.

Pattern Please

A pretty floral scrapbook paper worked well with the blue & ochre outside. Cut to the correct size, Elmer’s Glue helps seal the paper to the bare wood. And by painting a small border around the edge, any discrepancy in my cutting or the cigar box itself, is hidden by the border.

Sealing the Design

Clear soft wax is applied to the box and feet to seal the paint.

Position the Feet

Using a heavier glue, E6000, the feet were positioned on the base.

Peacock Knob

My craft stash had this peacock knob purchased ages ago from the “I don’t remember where” store. Needing an embellishment for the box top, it was time to give the peacock a nicer home.

Chalk Painted Lace

Using the Aubusson Blue Chalk Paint, I dissolved 2 tsps in 1/3 cup of water. Lace ribbon cut to the size of the box top side was bathed in the chalk paint bath for an hour and then rinsed and dried.

Peacock & Lace

The lace ribbon is glued to the sides of the box top.

Gilding Wax Finale

One of my favorite finishing touches is gilding wax. This time Annie Sloan’s Warm Gold rubbed on edges and borders gave the project more interest.

Metal Extra

The inside of the box needed an extra something, so a metal flower with a quote “be amazed” was added with 3d tape.

Finished Item Multiplied

What once housed cigars is now a feminine trinket box. And, once I finished this one, I kept thinking up other ideas. Now I know how a craft obsession begins.

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