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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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