I’ve been working on an altered a cigar box project and it’s finally complete. I turned it in to a…nature study cabinet book box. Or something to that effect. I’m not really sure what else to call it. Is it a book? Not really. Is it a box? Kind of. A cabinet then? Sort of.
So I covered the cigar box with an old book. All I had was the front and the back cover and they fit quite well over the top of this particular cigar box. I added a leather binding to the spine and a little bit of decoration. The edges are painted purple with a gold crackle finish.
The inside is lined with velvet and has a few dividers. There are small drawers to hold whatever I find like egg shells, cocoons, and butterfly wings. The test tubes are perfect for small insects and feathers. The little journal holds the bulk of my feather collection. Mostly cardinals, goldfinch, bluejay, and other common songbirds.
I added a velvet pin cushion to the door just in case I want to pin something up. And the magnifying glass is great for viewing small details.
So this is the first box I’ve completed and I have to admit that it’s really all I want to do. I’d love to make cabinet book boxes for all of my little collections. How about one for my antique lace? Or one for my Civil War relics? Or how about one for my vintage sewing notions? So many collections to work with. For now I’m happy that I got this one done.