It’s always a struggle to keep my accessories organized. I will admit that I have way too many rings, bracelets, and the list goes on and on. I can’t help it! Sometimes accessories just make the outfit! I found a way to keep my bracelets organized and my necklace holder has been a huge help too but for some reason, I have been neglecting my rings!
I realized that I had two cigar boxes my dad gave me that have been sitting in my closet collecting dust. Why not put them to use and create a ring holder?
You could just keep the box natural and put ring dividers or foam on the inside to hold the rings in place but I wanted something fancier. While I was at Joann’s this cute cactus scrapbook paper caught my eye and I thought it would be perfect for a Modge Podge project!
D.I.Y. Cigar Box Ring Holder
Step 1 – Remove hinges
I skipped this step because the hinges on my box looked nearly impossible to remove without damaging the box. If you can remove the hinges from your cigar box easily then I would do so otherwise you can just work around them like I will be doing.
Step 2 – Lightly sand down the box.
Before we start to Modge Podge the scrapbook paper in place you want to make sure to get everything nice and smooth. Lightly sand down the entire box. Make sure to sand along with the grain for best results.
Step 3 – Measure the scrapbook paper
Next, I measured each side of the box against the scrapbook paper. I want to make sure that I have enough paper to cover every inch of the box.
Step 4 – Start Gluing
To start you want to apply the Modge Podge directly to the side of the box that you are going to apply the scrapbook paper. Continue applying Modge Podge to the entire cigar box until the entire box is covered. Wait about 5 minutes until the glue is dry before going on to step 5.
Step 5 – Glue some more!
Do not move onto this step until you have waited at least 5 minutes for the glue to dry. This is important because if you apply the Modge Podge to the box too soon it will create air bubbles.
Now that the glue is dry from step 4 start applying a thin layer Modge Podge all over the box on top of the scrapbook paper. Try not to use too much glue or your project will end up looking a bit messy.
Step 6 – Apply acrylic sealer
When using Modge Podge it will leave the box feeling a little sticky even after it drys. To get rid of that sticky feeling and add extra protection to the box apply an acrylic sealer over the top.
Step 7 – Insert ring tray foam pads
Now that your box is all decorated all you have to do is insert the foam pads! If you want you could glue the foam pads down to secure them. I found that I did not need to use any glue because they were a perfect size!
Here is another box that I made with glitter scrapbook paper glued to the top. I didn’t apply Modge Podge to over the scrapbook paper because I did not want the glitter to get dull from the glue. Instead, I glued the back of the paper then applied it to the box so it would maintain the shine!
There you have it a simple way to turn an empty cigar box into something more. What are some things that you like to re-purpose? I would love to hear your ideas 🙂