Welcome to March at Mitzi's Miscellany! Today I'm sharing the first craft project using boxes, which is the craft category for this month. I'm going to show you how I made over some vintage cigar box purses, which were popular back in the 1980's, if memory serves....
Last summer I met a woman in the parking lot of one of the antique malls where I sell my treasures, and she had a van full of cigar boxes for sale. Some of them were cigar box purses with the handle hardware attached, and she charged me a very minimal fee for them. Once I got them home, I noticed some still had price tags on them. I thought they were way overpriced, but perhaps back in the days before the economy took a nosedive people were paying $50 to $75 for a cigar box purse. I decided to update a few of them to give them my own twist.
Just a few cutouts from old greeting cards and some flatback acrylic rhinestones gave this purse a new look:
You can make your own cigar box purses by ordering handle hardware here. Craft stores might also sell handles and closures for purses.