Saturday, January 4, 2014

How to transform an old cigar box

Last year I tried something new.  It was a post I saw on Facebook.  It was a mason jar that had been spruced up.  The jar was then labeled Blessings 2013.  So I had a very cute jar the girls had given me for Christmas, I labeled it and put little pieces of paper in it.  On each slip of paper I wrote the date and the blessing.  Then on New Years Eve I opened each blessing.  A few tears were cried but it is something I hope to continue each year from now on.

BUT~~~~~you know that I can't do anything without creating a mess first.  Glitter faerie fights with the Bling Brats is fairly common in my studio.  I decided that I would re-purpose a wooden cigar box into a beautiful blessing box that I could use over and over.  So let's get this project started!!!

Here is what my cigar box looks like.  It's dinged up and battered.  Just wait little box, you are going to become treasured.



So the first step is to cover the inside of the box.  I carefully measured the inside bottom and then side height.  Added it together and the inside came to 8 3/4 by 9 1/4 inches.  I am learning in my old age to cut a pattern out first (to many mistakes to waste my pretty paper or material)  I cut a square with these dimensions and then cut each corner out using the height of the side. I scored a square linking the cut out squares and folded up the sides.
A pic is a better explanation.


 Well I thought I was on the right track.  THIS IS WHY I ALWAYS USE A SCRAP.  Trial and error is usually how a project starts for me.  So I measured again, took the same steps and this is how it looks. 
Yes dear friends, I hear you yelling.  YOU HAVE TO ADD THE SIDE TO EACH SIDE OF THE BOX.  Not just two sides....So it took Geometry in College to teach me how to play pool (all about the angles baby)  I'm a little slow on the uptake.  ZENITH ZING to the rescue.  I made a square using the bottom dimensions, added the side height to each side and cut.


 I now have the bottom pattern and can decide what to use.  Pretty paper or maybe some felt with tinsel. Next up is the inside of the lid.  It's scratched and dinged.  So I got the dimensions and cut another pattern using freezer paper that I had laying around (use it for appliques in quilting).  So now I have patterns for the inside top and bottom.
Next is to give the entire box a new pretty surface.  I picked up some black enamel paint while at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore, just a very little bottle and for 25 cents I was happy.  I had forgotten how much I DISLIKE painting with oil based enamel.  Yes it is beautiful when done, nice shine and gloss.  But the clean-up took longer than the actual painting.  So the box is all painted and I let it dry over night.



DAY TWO

Time to get the inside done.  I decided on the black felt with multi-colored tinsel.  I cut the felt using my pattern, sprayed the back with 3M adhesive and stuck it down.  I used my paper folder to make sure the felt was pushed into the corners.  Well I didn't take into consideration the thickness of the felt, it stuck over the edge of the box.  So I got out the scissors and trimmed it.  Well if you look in the above pics, the lip around the inside is a reddish tan.  It looked horrible.  So got the enamel out again and painted it.  It looks much better now.

DAY THREE

The paint has had plenty of time to cure.  It had felt tacky.  Smooth as glass, so that means is time to transform what was a very sad little cigar box.  Let's start with the inside cover.  I used ColorBok  Pastels paper pack for the background.  Then added some ribbon on the edges.  Next I created the little angel from the ScrappyDew Little Angels 2012 file http://shop.scrappydew.com/shop/item/73964.  The clouds are from the same file.  I did use some pink pastel chalk on the edges of the large cloud.  The font is Missed Your Exit and I did a print and cut using MTC to complete the clouds.  Silver stars and tiny flowers are from my big box of sparkles.  I think it looks really cute.



Now for the outside.  I have a punch from EK Success that is beautiful.  I tried and tried to get it to punch through some very thick glitter paper.  Here is the solution.  I used my foot.  I have hardly any strength in my hands anymore.  So I gently stepped on the punch and it worked beautifully.  I trimmed each strip and adhered one to each side (carefully avoiding the hinges and latch).  



Almost done!  I love faeries and wanted a big one for the top of the box.  I used the Royalty Palz #3 princess http://shop.scrappydew.com/shop/item/68599.  The eyes are a pattern that I found over on Brigit Manns's website.  Can't share but I will show you the location http://www.brigitsscraps.com/.  Thanks Brigit! Now I needed some pretty big wings.  Looked in my Scrappy Dew files and found the wings in the Butterflies 2013 set http://shop.scrappydew.com/shop/item/88712.  Using MTC and my Zing, I enlarged the wings and cut one out of Vellum and the other out of DCWV Glitter Paper.  (Just a hint, I saved the glitter paper and used it like a stencil to place the parts on the vellum like a puzzle)  So now to put it all together.  The background paper is DCWV Pretty Posies, more glitter paper around the edges and the font used is Romance Fatal Serif Std.  The final item for my treasured blessings box is pretty paper to write my blessings on.  

So my dear friends, Let me show you my blessings box!!!





It has been a long 3 days.  I really am pleased as punch with the way a dinged up cigar box has become a box to be filled with blessings!  Thank you from the bottom of my heart for visiting today!   If you happen to make a blessing box I would love to see it.  Happy New Year and bright blessings for 2014.

Bright Blessings, Jana


2 comments:

  1. Jana, a lot of work went into creating this project! But so worth it, absolutely gorgeous!


    MichelleMyBelle
    DT Leader and Facebook ADMIN for ScrappyDew.com

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  2. That is fabulous Jana! So pretty! I'm sure your office to totally glitterfied now!

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