For all you altered cigar box fans I have a project that is right up your alley. By combining multiple cigar boxes you can create a piece of art that is also functional. Hunt down some boxes, choose your theme and you’re good to go.
In the sample, I envisioned a vintage writing chest that carried all of the essentials of proper communication, perhaps traveling with an elegant woman during Jane Austen’s time.
Of course there are so many uses for a chest like this such as jewelry, keepsakes or maybe a place to store your favorite pieces of art.
To go along with the writing chest I’ve created new collage sheets and a digital image set titled “Letters from the Past” which are available at Alpha Stamps.
In addition to the using the images in the writing chest I also used the digital images to create my blog header and Email Me button.
The digital image set includes all of the images in the collage sheet plus many more for a total of 98 images. Along with more images, the digital image set gives you much more flexibility in printing just the images you want, and in resizing the images to your particular needs.
In this tutorial I’ll cover how to alter, decorate and assemble cigar boxes to create a chest. There is also a companion downloadable PDF document which includes the information covered in the tutorial. Further down in this post you will find the complete list of the products I used on the sample chest.
Click here to download the companion PDF document- How to create a flip-up lid is covered in the PDF document.
Alpha Stamps Supplies Used in this Project
Tim Holtz Curio Knobs (used on 3 of the boxes)
Fancy Handle (used on the sides of one box)
Small Box Latches (used on the boxes with drop down fronts)
Set of Curved Brass Hinges (used to for the lift up lid)
Lion Head Handle (used on the top box)
Round Corrugated Metal Beads (used for the matchbox drawer pulls)
Garnet Red 10mm Faceted Beads (used for the matchbox drawer pulls)
Metal Patinas - Retro Highway (used the Onyx)
FREE CIGAR BOX IMAGES
If you choose to keep the look of the cigar boxes for your chest you will need to replace the cigar box edging paper. Below are links to free collage sheets with edgings. I suggest you print the edgings on thin glossy paper as it will look like the real thing and be thin enough to wrap and glue to the box edges. I use what is called glossy “presentation” or “brochure” paper made for inkjet printers. You can find it online and at office supply stores.