Altered Cigar Box

I love altering cigar boxes.  Recently I was looking for a new container for my Distress Ink Pens, because my collection had outgrown their current home, when I discovered that the pens fit perfectly in a cigar box.  I will be playing along with the good people over at The Mixed Media Month Challenge Blog and also with the Altered Eclectics group.


I started with some pages out of an old book, tissue paper, washi tape and modeling paste for some texture.  DSC_0001After the modeling paste was dry I layered on a few images and a green glazing for some patina.DSC_0007The next layer was alphabet stickers and super heavy gesso, followed by another layer of glazing (brown this time) for more depth.  While the gesso was still wet, I added some embossing powder to it and then heated it to give more color and texture.DSC_0019After everything dried I added just a hint of silver highlight to random areas so that the feet of the box would tie into the whole piece.DSC_0018 I altered some chipboard for the label on the top using some heat embossing.DSC_0004I also altered some wooden letters for the front and added some ink splats for interest.

Here are several pictures of the final product.

From above.DSC_0020From the side.DSC_0010The back.DSC_0012Front.DSC_0014Here are a few close ups.DSC_0017 DSC_0016 DSC_0015If you have any questions regarding what products I used or how I did any of the techniques pictured here, please don’t hesitate to drop me a note.  Hope you get inspired to alter a cigar box.  Thanks for stopping by.


About Sam

A lover of crafts and art trapped in the mind of an accountant. My dream is to someday be set free of the cubicle prison. Meanwhile, I craft and I create to set my mind free.
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5 Responses to Altered Cigar Box

  1. melanie d says:

    Great project. I love all the elements you included! Thanks for playing along with the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge Blog!

  2. Love cigar boxes too!! Collect them everytime I see them!! I love your project – love the texture! But I really love those feet!! Thank you so much for playing with us at The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge!

  3. corgidusty says:

    Lovely altered box! Great details. Thanks for playing at The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge.

  4. what a cool project and it looks so pretty! Thank you so much for playing with the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge!


  5. Shari T. says:

    What a great idea, Sam! I’m running into the same problem and don’t know how I’m going to store all of my DMs now! I’ll be on the hunt for my own cigar box to alter!! XOXO-Shari

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