HomeAbout MeMy EtsyTutorialsContact Me

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Once An Old Cigar Box ...

Hello my dear friends,

it is mid December so it is the perfect time to share today's creation with all of you. I should have done so almost a year ago because that is when I actually made it, I just never got around to telling you about.

I recently had re-shared my first altered art cigar boxes. After making them, I still had several more old wooden cigar boxes in one of my cupboards now since a few years, sitting there just begging me to work with them again. In that same cupboard was also a bag of coarse bottle brush trees, again just sitting there. They were really hard and the kind that you can't bleach. I was on the verge of donating the boxes and trees when suddenly an idea came to my mind. I was perfect because I could use both pieces for it. As so often I had almost everything I needed at hand and I "found" a small Christmas house ornament in one of my supply boxes. It looked so festive and I knew it was right for what I was planning on making. And last but not least I had bought a kit to make your own 'lit up' Christmas cards from Michaels. The cards you could make were lovely but I wanted to use the tiny Christmas light chains for something special and this project was that something! Oh yes ... and brown paper! I always wrap my parcels with brown paper and one of my drawers is full of the cut offs, so that would become a part of this project too. And of course glitter and snow were just a "must use" for me.

Once I gathered everything together, I was excited to start to work on my newest creation. Like before, it felt almost like I was putting things into a mixing bowl and stirring them around, adding a little here and a bit there and in the end a creation came to be from all the ingredients. OK, it wasn't that easy really to tell you the truth. It took me many hours to make this and I messed up a few times too but in the end my newest Christmas making turned out exactly the way I hoped it would and I couldn't be happier with it.

And now, without further ado, here is my newest Christmas creation.

I named it ...

"Christmas In The Old North".

This reminds me of some of the older beautiful houses that can find in our city.

And this is how the box looks like now on the outside!

The large snow flakes glisten so lovely but unfortunately it doesn't show in the pictures.

And this is my favorite part ... 

... it lights up!

And this is what it looks like in the dark ...

Like I said, I couldn't be happier with the way this piece has turned out.
It is now being wrapped up and soon it will be on it's way to it's new home.

Thank you so much for stopping by and visiting me here at Todolwen. It is always so nice when you do and I hope you will return sometime again.

I hope you are well and life is treating you kind.

Have a peaceful and creative day.


  1. Just beautiful. What a great way to use an old cigar box.

  2. What a wonderful and magical creation!!!!

  3. EXQUISITE … I love it all, but especially that lovely home.

    Merry Christmas to you and those you love and those who love you (or is it whom?) LOL

  4. Karen: It is stunning.

    Merry Christmas

  5. Ohhhh soooooooooooooo great Karen!

    Hugs Ines♥