Saturday, April 1, 2017

From Cigar Box to Calligraphy Supply Box


This week's BFF Open House Link Party continues here

I've always aspired to learn calligraphy so it's no surprise that with my current obsession with lettering, that desire is renewed. Real calligraphy with real nibbed pens!

As I've started collecting supplies, I needed someplace to store them and keep them together.  My camera battery was charging while I worked on this so I don't have step by step pictures but steps are pretty basic.

Mr. Chocolate is responsible for my stash of cigar boxes. I actually had to tell him to stop bringing them home because I have so many.

Supplies and Steps:

  • Wooden cigar box
  • Acrylic paints
  • White glue
  • Scrapbook paper 
  • Embellishments


  1. Paint cigar box with base color ( I used black and needed two coats to get decent coverage). 
  2. Once dry, cover with a coat of white glue ( cheap white glue...my go to for a crackle finish). Pinterst Tutorials here
  3. When glue is tacky but not dry, cover with contrast coat ( I used turquoise)
  4. Let dry or if you're impatient like  me you can speed things up with a hair dryer. Note don't use hot setting or use a heat gun. Things will bubble! 
  5. Embellish away! I used scrapbook paper and misc. things from my stash. 



Leftover metal corners, a circle frame and metal button


A floral button glued to the center of a line drawn flower.


Scrapbook paper trimmed with glitter tape on the inside lid and lined the inside of the box with black faux suede paper.


Now I just need to go practice my calligraphy!





6 comments:

Michelle L. said...

The outside is gorgeous but the inside is even prettier! What a beautiful makeover, Carol!

srpprcrftr said...

WOW, talk about gorgeous, love your calligraphy supply box. Could be used to store anything is so pretty. Smart using flower button on line drawn flower, pretty accent. Great idea.
I too would love to learn calligraphy but hands/wrists have gotten bad from arthritis, can't crochet any more either. Wish you success on learning the craft.
Have wonderful week

Carol @Comfort Spring Station said...

Your box is beautiful!

Kileen Shaughnessy said...

Love your beautiful cigar box! I love the metal embellishments on the outside to give it a little something extra. Thank you for sharing.

Kileen Shaughnessy said...

Stopping by to let you know I will be featuring your supply box tomorrow on Ravenwould.

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