How To Make Cigar Box Purses

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Materials: Cigar box Latch Handle Mod Podge Paintbrush Paper Cut-outs Scissors or craft knife Optional Materials: Purse feet Purse corners Jewels, glitter or paint Fabric (for liner, if desired) Cigar box purses are so easy and fun to make, and give you endless possibilities for your creativity! Cigar boxes can be found at most tobacco shops. Many people use cigar boxes in crafting, so the store owners are used to saving their empty boxes. Some will give them to you for free, others will charge a small fee of a couple dollars per box. Make sure you choose one that will be suitable as a purse. Think of size, depth and how the box closes. If the cigar box already has a decent latch, you may be able to leave it. Why go through another step? Mod Podge, purse handles, latches and other accessories can all be purchased at your local craft store. Handles come in many styles, so pick one out that will complement your finished product nicely. Start by finding your paper pieces you want to use to decorate your purse. Magazines, photos, postage stamps, labels, printouts from the internet, etc. I usually cover the entire box in a similar theme, but you can always just use a couple of pictures and leave some of the wood exposed. For this example, I will be covering the whole box. You can map out where your cut-outs will go ahead of time, or just figure it out as you go along (this is my preferred method). You can start with the box open or closed, but if you cover the box when it is closed, you may cover the edges of the box where the two halves separate. If you do this, wait until the box is dry and then slice the two halves apart with a craft knife. Your browser may not support display of this image. Choose your first piece and either paint some Mod Podge on the back of the image, or directly on the

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