Monday, August 30, 2010

A briefcase with small, unmarked bills

As I mentioned in my last post about the wedding I attended and the gift I gave, here is the other altered box.  This was a plain wooden cigar box that I was given many years ago because the person thought I “could do something cool with it.”  Well, suffice to say, I think I did.  I “slapped some paper on it” and it became a little mock briefcase.   As an additional wedding gift to our friends we were contributing cash to their honeymoon to Italy fund.  They used a service called Honeyfund to lay out the details of their trip and then you pick something to fund.  Honeyfund doesn’t collect the money though (so that 100% of the money given goes to the happy couple instead of a company) so John came up with the idea of giving them the money in “small, unmarked bills” and that it would be neat if it could be presented in a little briefcase.  So…here’s what I did!

I covered the outside of the box with the cappuccino paper from the Claire Velvet Assortment pack adhering it with i {stick} papers so I knew it wasn’t going anywhere.  Then I ran some 1/4” brown twill from my stash around the edges to make it look like a real briefcase.  And then I covered the inside with Stamps Flat paper to give it a traveling, vintagey feel.  I stuck a little pocket and their wedding card on the lid. 

The hardware was the most challenging part of this.  The local box store near me no longer stocks cigar box purse kits so I bought a $1 unfinished wooden box and scavenged the clasp and handle from that and then bought some furniture tacks for the feet on the bottom of the case. 

The finishing touch was to make some belly bands from the Stamps Flat paper.  I’m quite pleased with how it turned out.  I hope you like it too!  By the way, i {heart} i {stick} papers.  :)

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10 comments:

Mary Friederichsen said...

This is Beautiful Kate!
I bet they were thrilled with it! And I am sure they are going to be able to "do something with it" to!, only they won't have to alter it first!

Hope you had a wonderful time!

{Lynn - that's me!} said...

ACK...flippin' genius. This turned out wonderfully. I'll take 10 (with the contents included please). I'll even pay postage! LOL

Your friend undoubtedly loved it!

Tiffany said...

That's so cute! I would have loved this as a wedding gift! And not just because of the money. :)

whoistracy said...

Oh this is adorable! Has to be the most creative wedding ensemble I've ever seen

Loretta said...

Very, very clever! Love it!

Jannie aka Chickengirl said...

love it. That is super thoughtful.

Marlene said...

What a fantastic idea! LOVE it! I'm sure they did, too!

Jaydee said...

WOW... What a phenomenally clever use of the cigar box. I think you certainly lived up to the challenge.
I bet your friends loved it and will cherish it... oh yeah... and enjoy the contents! :-)
jaydee

Judy Rozema said...

OH MY GOSH!! I love this idea!!

cindy said...

That's really cool. I've never heard of honeyfund. The things they have these days.