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"Over the years I have made several of these. Speaking from personal experience, I can tell you that these boxes -when used in the pictured position- are not strong enough on their own to hold very many books or magazines for very long. Eventually they will sag and become an eyesore. Preventing the eyesore from happening is simple - turn the boxes on their side once they are completed, and Voila! They are an EXCELLENT way to wrangle in all that clutter and chaos we often find throughout our home and office. There is also another way to make them strong and that is to REINFORCE THEM. Personally, I like to do this when I need to use the boxes for flimsier items like loose papers that have a tendency to curl on their edges if stored on their sides or when not packed tightly. Reinforcing the boxes means you can put a lot more weight into them even while they are laying flat like they are in the picture. I reinforce my boxes with a very thin wood that can be purchased at almost any hardware store - it is called Louon (my spelling is probably off but it is pronounced LEW-ON). It is very cost-effective and extremely easy to work with. Add to this that it is VERY VERSATILE and you have a great solution to making even very flimsy projects much more stable. I hope this helps! BTW USPS boxes are legal to use BUT ONLY if you PURCHASED them OR they are USED. IF you are thinking about using new boxes that were FREE from the USPS Priority Mail Services - then you would be breaking the law. New FREE Boxes MUST be used only for Mail. Boxes that are Purchased or Used should be OK."

Vintage Memory Box

By: Jennie Stagliano for Glue Dots

Turn an old cigar box into a treasured keepsake! By using old family photos and embellishments, you can turn an ordinary box into a vintage work of art. Display this box from Glue Dots on your coffee table to show guests your favorite pictures.




  • Craft Glue Dots
  • Memory Book Glue Dots
  • Cigar box
  • Desired photo
  • 1" Glue Lines
  • Continuous Glue Lines
  • Suede Mocha, 8-1/2x11", (SEI Papers)
  • Bronze Metallic paper, (Die Cuts With A View)
  • Autumn Weave paper, (Petite Motifs)
  • Pocket Watches Paper, (Two Busy Moms)
  • Muslin fabric scrap
  • Leather scrap cut into long thin strip
  • Dried wheat
  • Watch faces, (7 Gypsies)
  • Decorative Brads, antique copper finish, (Making Memories)
  • Mini Overall Set, (JHB International, available at fabric stores)
  • Shank cutter
  • Paper cutter


Step 1

Line the inside bottom of the cigar box by measuring the inside bottom of cigar box and cut Pocket Watches paper to exact dimensions. Adhere 1" Glue Lines™ onto bottom of box, and press paper liner in place.


Step 2

Print a favorite quote onto Bronze Metallic paper and cut to desired length.


Step 3

Measure outside top lid of cigar box and cut Suede Mocha paper 1" – 1-1/2" shorter than width and length of the lid.


Step 4

Attach Craft Glue Dots to four corners of the Suede Mocha paper, center paper on cigar box lid and gently press to create bond.


Step 5

Using Memory Book Glue Dots, adhere photo to a muslin fabric swatch and the swatch to the lid


Step 6


Cut remaining papers to desired length. Layer papers and attach using Memory Book Glue Dots.


Step 7

Remove the backs of the Decorative Brads using shank cutters. Attach Decorative Brads to four corners of photo with Memory Book Glue Dots.


Step 8

Attach watch faces and other embellishments using Craft Glue Dots.


Step 9


To attach dried wheat, apply 2, 1" Glue Lines onto cigar box lid. Place wheat onto Glue lines and press gently to create bond.


Step 10

Cut Continuous Glue Lines to exact length of leather strap, place onto leather strip back and rub over clear release liner. Place leather strip onto cigar box lid and gently press down. Place the button of overalls set to a Memory Book Glue Dot and adhere onto the end of the overalls hook


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