"Sometimes adventure calls and we ignore it. We miss the opportunity for a lifetime of memories. Go ahead, be adventurous" ~Maria Villanueva

August 21, 2010

How To Decoupage A Cigar Box

Today I'm joining Beverly of How Sweet The Sound for her Pink Saturday linky party and Melissa of Those Northern Skies, thank you ladies for hosting such fun linkies.

For today's craft, I'm going to make this cute little box.

Here's what you'll need: a cigar box, some pretty scrapbook paper
 My favorite magical medium: Mod Podge

A paper cutter, scissors, acrylic paint, large brush and detailing brush:
 First, paint your box edges, the areas that you will not decoupage (decoupage means to glue paper to a surface).   I painted around the hardward so that It can match the paper when I position it there.
Next, after it dries, trim your paper to size, use a paper trimmer or a pair of scissors will do
Next, with a sponge brush, apply the Mod Podge to the surface of the box, one side at a time
then, position the paper on top
gently, with your fingers or a brayer, press paper down gently to ensure that there are no air bubbles
If you damage the paper, like I did here, see the white spot? the paper rubbed off
Don't panic! it's fixable.  Just cut a piece off a spare sheet and using Mod Podge, glue it on top
and like nothing happened, see:
Next, brush the entire box with Mod Podge, it will look white but don't worry, it will dry clear.  This Mod Podge layer will seal and protect your box
Set it on top of something to dry:
Once dry, you can embellish it with something that matches....or not...totally up to you.  I place a flower on top with matching paper.  Decorate the inside as well with matching paper.

What will I use this pretty box for???

my Sharpies, of course!
Today I'd like to spotlight April at The Abramyan Family.  She has a fun and creative blog with tons of ideas.   She is also a participant of Pink Saturday and wait 'till you see what she posted today.....

Now, take a few minutes and visit these linkies.   You'll find other fun and interesting things.


  1. Oh, what a great project and a beautiful end result!


  2. Hi Maria, do you smoke cigars?? :D

    That's a very, very pretty box now. I love that you put your art supplies inside. Really nice!

  3. Pretty box is right. I love Mod Podge and have done loads of it in the past. Haven't done much recently but have a backlog of surfaces to work on. Must do it!!

  4. That's really pretty, Maria. The inside of the box is as pretty as the outside, too!

    I bought some Mod Podge last week, I just need to use it.

  5. Hi Eve,
    I guess I should explain the cigar box. I don't smoke cigars, I buy my boxes from a cigar vendor, downtown Los Angeles. He holds the empty cigar boxes to sell to artists. They range in price from two dollars to four. The one I used was two dollars.

  6. fun project~~~
    Happy Pink Saturday!

    Kay Ellen

  7. The box turned out super cute-Happy PS!

  8. I am North of you and can't ever seem to find cigar boxes! Love how you altered this box! It is very pretty and unique!

  9. I really love your cigar box! The papers you chose are wonderful. I think I am addicted to Mod Podge! Thanks so much for stopping by!

  10. Visiting from PS. A very nice transformation. I like the patterns you picked out as well.

  11. Maria, the box turn out beautiful! And your explanation of the all proccess is so good!
    Thank you!

  12. That turned out so beautiful. Happy belated pink day.

  13. Hi Maria,
    What a great tutorial and one I'm sure people will love. What a darling pink box and so perfect for your markers too!! You are so creative! It is just precious. Have a great weekend, dear friend.

  14. Beautiful! I used to decoupage years ago! Happy Belated Pink Saturday.

  15. I love Mod Podge!
    my brother stopped at a yardsale one day and bought like 8 old cigar boxes. He gave me half and I made one a purse and the other just a older of misc things. The other two are still as they were,waiting to be amazing.
    You did a fab job on yours!
    Thanks for stopping by and visiting my blog!

  16. Wow...that is not a put together with bubblegum and duct tape ;) That would make a pretty purse!

  17. This was a perfect idea for a project I have been wanting to figure out what to do with! Thank you so much for the idea!

  18. How beautiful it came out Maria! I love it! Thank you for visiting my blog. I am also happy that I found yours! I followed you on google friends, looking forward to reading more about you and your wonderful blog.


  19. That turned out great. I love the inside top...so pretty.
    Hope you have a great day..going to check out another one of your posts. GREAT TUTORIAL. I hope to be able to do one.
    Smiles to you,

  20. cool project--all my crafting supplies are stashed in my basement until i have time to work on something new (that won't happen til baby is older or i win the lotto and don't have to work and can buy a huge house with a special crafts room). in the meantime, i'll craft vicariously through you!!!

  21. You know I love me some Modge....what a great idea. I wish I had a cigar box now...I will have to wait til my husband buys some more. This would be a great teacher gift too:)

  22. Hi Maria,
    I just came on to say "hey" and see how you're doing...I sure hope my package arrives soon! I sent it last week...Hugs, Cindy

  23. I need to get some Mod Podge and try to make this... super cute!!

  24. Hello Maria,
    Thank you for sharing this post with us!!
    A very beautiful cigar boxes crafts idea. I will give it a try !!



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