Easy Way To Alter a Cigar Box 7gypsies architextures

Easy Way To Alter a Cigar Box

Lena Holmstrom is our very own mini-book maker; she can create those small beauties in many different designs – one prettier than other. Having amassed quite a sizeable collection, she needed a box to house at least some of them.

With the help of Architextures elements and some Canvas Corp garland, Lena made not only some more of her gorgeous mini-books but also turned an old cigar box into their vintage-looking fancy new abode.

Easy Way To Alter a Cigar Box 7gypsies architextures

I bought an empty cigar box from a tobacco store. I wanted to make a pretty container for my mini books. Black gesso, old photo frame and 7g paper – that’s it. One evening and my project was completed. All I did was paint the box cover and the frame! – shares some insights Lena.

Easy Way To Alter a Cigar Box 7gypsies architextures

Materials used:
7gypsies Gypsy Moments 8×8 paper pad
7gypsies American Vintage – 4×6 printed file folders
Architextures 12×12 Floral Guide paper
Architextures Findings – Found Glass Bottles Collection
Architextures Trinkets – China Tea Cups
Architextures Trinkets – Floral Pocketbook
Architextures Trinkets – Ink Pens
Architextures Trinkets – Old Tin Cans
Architextures Treasures – Typewriter
Canvas Corp – Canvas Garland
Easy Way To Alter a Cigar Box 7gypsies architextures

I only needed two things to start: an old cigar box…

Easy Way To Alter a Cigar Box 7gypsies architextures

and an old photo frame. By the way, I will later on screw the frame onto the lid when all is decorated and dry.

Easy Way To Alter a Cigar Box 7gypsies architextures

I covered the lid of the box with black gesso. You could also use Tattered Angels High Impact paint here – it will do a great job!

Easy Way To Alter a Cigar Box 7gypsies architextures

Once the gesso dried, I added some texture with stencils and more black gesso.

I used Silk’s Acrylic glaze Iridescent Bronze to add the vintage feel to both the box lid and the frame.

I used some Relics&Artefacts elements as decoration. I have also added some Architextures Ink Pens and a chipboard.

I lined the inside of the box with the canvas garland. This makes the box a lovely, soft home for my mini-books.

 

Here are some of my mini-books – I love making them. You can never have enough of them. You need one for each of the papers that you own.

Easy Way To Alter a Cigar Box 7gypsies architextures

You can use a personalised box like this for storing your old photos, postcards or letters. Whatever the treasures, this beauty will be a worthy home for them.

Visit Lena’s blog and Instagram for more up-cycling ideas. 

Happy crafting!



I am a mixed media crafter with passion for layers and textures. Architextures are my new love and I can feel the relationship going from strength to strength in the foreseeable future. I have worked with CCB since January 2017 and it felt like home straight away. The team is amazing and the crafting products are even better, which makes it perfect combination and an amazing place to be.


'Easy Way To Alter a Cigar Box' has 1 comment

  1. July 17, 2017 @ 8:52 pm Ann

    So wonderful, love how you used the black gesso. #RACCBmatchup

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