Cigar box purses are one of the most unique accessories you can own, and are extremely easy to make. This is a great way to recycle old cigar boxes you may have lying around or find at second hand shops, and can serve as an extremely unique addition to your wardrobe. To make a cigar box purse you will need:
Wooden cigar box with built in clasp
Fine grain sand paper
Clear, oil based varnish
Printed scrapbook paper
Decorative purse handle
1. Remove any stickers or paint on the cigar box using acetone.
2. Sand the surface of the cigar box to remove any remaining residue, dents, imperfections or scratches on the wood. This will give you a clean work surface to build on.
3. Use the scissors to cut out different pieces of printed scrapbook paper. Mixing together different colors or prints can create a bold, funky purse that will stand out, while more simple colors and patterns such as floral print will create a cute, feminine look.
4. Arrange the papers onto the cigar box until you like the way that it looks.
5. Adhere the printed scrapbook papers to the cigar box using the Mod Podge. Apply a thin coat of Mod Podge to the back of each paper cutout and then stick them onto the box. Use your fingers to smooth out any wrinkles or creases on the paper. Continue this process until all of the paper pieces have been added to the box.
6. Apply several more coats of Mod Podge over the top of the paper cutouts using the foam brush. Make sure that each coat of Mod Podge is dry before applying the next, otherwise you will end up with a tacky, uneven finish. Allow the last coat of Mod Podge to dry completely before moving on to the next step.
7. Apply a coat of oil based varnish over the top of the box. This will permanently seal the papers onto the wood and leave you with a smooth finish.
8. Attach the purse handle onto the cigar box next to the clasp.
9. Open the cigar box and measure the dimensions of the bottom, top and sides. Measure and cut a piece of velvet peel-and-stick for each part of the box. Use the scissors to cut out each piece.
10. Peel the protective coating off of the back of each piece of peel-and-stick and stick them to the inside of the box.