Vintage Buckle Box

By  Rebekah Meier 

  • Vintage Buckle Box


  • Reclaimed wooden cigar box
  • Assorted tissue papers
  • Patterned paper
  • Assorted vintage buckles
  • Glass knob
  • Rhinestones
  • Acrylic paints (to coordinate with tissue papers)
  • Liquitex: Light Modeling Paste; Matte Medium


  • Plastic stencils
  • Flat paintbrush
  • Scraper
  • Fine-grit sandpaper
  • Painter's tape
  • Drill
  • E6000 Industrial-Strength Adhesive (Eclectic Products)
  • 1. Gently sand cigar box and wipe dust.
  • 2. Use Matte Medium to apply tissue papers to box. Tear and overlap tissue, creating a collage design. Completely cover all sides of box. Let dry.
  • 3. Stencil designs on box with paints. Let dry.
  • 4. Tape stencil to box and use scraper to apply modeling paste. Remove stencil and let dry. Repeat in several areas of box.
  • 5. Mix one part water with two parts paint and apply to box. Repeat with other colors, if desired.
  • 6. Glue buckles to front of box, and rhinestones to front of each buckle and to top center of box.
  • 7. Cut a thin strip from patterned paper and adhere to top sides of box. Cut a 2" circle from patterned paper and adhere to top of box.
  • 8. Drill hole through top of box and attach glass knob.