Altered Cigar Box Tutorial

Altered cigar box tutorial (Marjie Kemper)

Welcome! Cigar boxes are a great base to transform.  Today I’m joining in with my friends at Creative Carte Blanche for their April altered cigar box theme. Note: this post is an affiliate post which means I will receive a small commission if you purchase products mentioned through my links. It does not affect your cost in any way. 

Altered cigar box tutorial (Marjie Kemper)

I started out covering my box with gesso and adding a few light coats of paint.

Altered cigar box tutorial (Marjie Kemper)

Next I put modeling paste through one of Tim Holtz’s mini stencils.  I repeated this step three times to cover the box.  Here you can see the paints started to seep up into the paste. Once I’d stenciled all over the box top, I wiped off the excess modeling paste from the stencil onto a tag I’d sprayed with Dylusions Ink Sprays.

Altered cigar box tutorial (Marjie Kemper)

I cut paper to fit the inside of the box and ran the pieces through my Xyron Creative Station for full, re-positionable adhesive.  I really LOVE this machine. I’ve had it forever and the adhesive cartridges last a very long time. There’s also no sticky residue and you can re-position as much as you like.

Altered cigar box tutorial using Xyron Creative Station (Marjie Kemper)

I used a Speedball Brayer to push down the pieces into each corner.

Altered cigar box tutorial using Xyron Creative Station (Marjie Kemper)

One of the finishing touches was to add some favorite shades of Treasure Gold to the box.

Altered cigar box tutorial (Marjie Kemper)

I used a combination of Prima (Finnabair) Metal Mechanicals and old metal findings from my stash (including a bobbin for the box opener/handle, as well as my Dymo labeler.

Altered cigar box tutorial (Marjie Kemper)

I’m going to keep this on my desk as a collection spot for all the post-it notes I write myself each day as “to do” list reminders. Maybe it will keep me more organized! One can hope…

Altered cigar box tutorial (Marjie Kemper)

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  1. Such a fabulous project, Marjie! Love the metallic shimmer of it, and also the metal elements! Hugs, Sandra

  2. What a beautiful transformation Marjie, the colours are wonderful and the stencilling has a wonderful vintage look to it! Anne xx

  3. Cheryl Grigsby says:

    Yay, Marjie’s in the house!! I love this from you. I recognize your style and see a different creative flavor, as well. I know you’ll enjoy keeping organized with this beautiful container within an easy reach. Well done, my friend!!

  4. Jane Castle says:

    Great box, I love the bobbin as the handle, brilliant X

  5. Rosann aka Rea' says:

    This is so amazing !

  6. LOVE your new organizer box for post it notes, Marjie! Great look for your box! Love the vintageness and “arty” edgy look. I love numbers and you textured ones are super cool. Thanks for sharing this great idea and piece of art with everyone at Creative Carte Blanche.

  7. Love this box, Marjie! Love the Treasure gold over the top. That stencil is perfect too! I would love to keep my notes in that box! Thanks for joining us!

  8. So happy to see you here Marjie! What an awesome box this is!! All worn and vintage looking, and functional too. I love that.

  9. GORGEOUS box…love it!

  10. Fabulous transformation! Great techniques!

  11. Lovely, just lovely. I just love compartments, don’t you? See you soon.

  12. Gerrie Johnnic says:

    Love this! Thanks, gotta go do this before I forget to!

  13. superbe!

  14. Wow wow wow!! This turned out amazing! I love it!!!!!!!!!