Beading / Jewelry

Cigar Box Purse

By  Rebekah Meier 

If you have an old cigar box that's just collecting dust, why not turn it into a stylish and unique accessory?

  • Cigar Box Purse
  • Closeup View


  • Wooden cigar box, 6-1/2” square
  • Wood veneer (iron-on or glue-on), 3”x6”
  • Fabric of choice, 3/8 yd.
  • Dover Publications Treasury of Historic Pattern and Design (ISBN: 048626274X)
  • Buttons: ornate, three; black, two
  • Assorted beads, approximately 1/2”, 20
  • Black wire, 20-gauge, 16” length


  • Walnut Hollow Creative Versa-Tool
  • Delta Ceramcoat Instant Age Varnish
  • Adhesives: Therm O Web PeelnStick Double-Sided Adhesive Sheets, Beacon Adhesives Gem Tac Permanent Adhesive
  • Drill and drill bits

Basic Supplies

  • scissors, iron and pressing surface, paintbrush, tape
  • 1. Iron or glue veneer to box front. Tape laser image face down on front. (Note: For image, designer laser copied design on page 117 from Treasury of Historic Pattern and Design.) Follow Versa-Tool manufacturer's instructions to transfer image and stamp box. Stamp veneer in same way. Apply varnish to lid. Glue ornate buttons to box front.
  • 2. For handle, drill holes on each side of latch. Insert wire through hole and beads onto wire; twist black buttons onto wire ends inside to secure.
  • 3. For lining, cut 6-1/2" squares from cardboard and fabric. Use double-sided adhesive sheet to attach fabric to cardboard, and cardboard to inside of box.