|Fun storage: stack 'em high.|
|A functional box reveals...|
|... even more functional compartments.|
|Paper-punch lace trim keeps things pretty.|
|Modular storage compartments... have them your way! (Divisions of 6 shown.)|
|Divisions of 4.|
2,4,6... choose the mix! Just some of the possible box compartment combos. But you might just want one storage space:
Cigar boxes are sturdy, practical, and shabby chic. The ideal place to store your button hoard or other small treasures. Great as gifts!
These are half-sized cigar boxes, so although I have called them "mini", they are actually "midi" - and they can hold plenty of stuff. Small enough to be cute, but capacious enough to be useful.
The cigar boxes are all decorated with paper lace made using Tonic Studios Simplicity Geared Pattern Punch, Doily Strip Pattern (item 966e). The geared punch cuts like butter, so punching a strip to fit round the cigar box is a cinch. The basic doily lace pattern is pretty on its own - but you can craft a variety of lace effects just by scissor-snipping and weaving in a strip of 2mm (1/16") quilling paper.
|Tonic doily punch: basic strip (top), lace variations achieved with scissors.|
|The peek-a-boo diamonds are created simply by lacing the quilling strip round and round across the width of the paper ribbon.|
|Brad-wrap closure. Spacers under the brad give lift, so wrapping is easy.|
|Tie closure (less secure than brad-wrap, but pretty).|
Note: if you want a tutorial on basic box construction, take a look at Sept 4th's blog, the Cantilever Sewing Box http://thepapercraftpost.blogspot.co.uk/2012/09/cantilever-sewing-box-tutorial.html - the fold-in sides construction technique is similar to the method used for the Midi-Cigar Box. The fold-in flaps make a durable box - and they also conceal the construction tabs for a tidy finish.
The typeface I used is Campanile - it is available from Dafont.com. The label panel measures 11.5 x 4cm (4-1/2 x 1-1/2in). Centre it on the box lid.
Here are your pattern templates:
Stuff I used: Tonic Studios Simplicity Pattern Paper Punch (Doily Strip,
966e). Bazzill Basics cardstock for the cigar box itself, Inspire Me Premium Paper for the compartments. Don't forget the mini-brads and the craft thread for the closure. If you are wondering about the prop buttons, they are a mix of Jenni Bowlin Studio Vintage Style Sew-On Buttons and Doodlebug Design Boutique Buttons.
Take it from here: just a reminder that a cigar box lid provides creative space on both front and back!
That's a wrap. Plenty of time to make zillions of these by Christmas!