Chrysanthemum Box

October 19, 2015



Hello, this is Selma Stevenson from Susan’s Garden Design Team. You know I am always excited to show you beautiful projects using Susan’s dies.  Today I have an autumn theme recycled project to show you.


This is an old wood cigar box which I thought would be perfect to make beautiful with Susan’s Garden Notes Chrysanthemums and Susan’s Garden Woodland Leaves. You can pick up cigar boxes, for very little money, at most any cigar store. These boxes make great gift boxes for birthdays or the holidays.

Here is how I transformed this box into a gorgeous box anyone would love to receive.

1. First cover the cigar logo. I created a square to cover the center of the top of the box (I wanted to keep as much of the wood showing as possible, so I only covered the logo). It was matted with a piece of black card stock, then a smaller rust mat. I used a piece of textured off-white card stock for the next layer; this layer was sponged around the edges with Old Paper and Tea Dye Distress Inks. Next a frame of wine card stock was cut and attached over the outside edge of the off-white layer using dimensional tape under it, to give it some dimension. On top of the wine frame, I added one of the ECD Peel-Off Stickers. Once all these layers were attached to each other, the frame was attached using to the cigar box using Double Sided Tape.

GARDEN NOTES - Chrysanthemum (1087) 6 piece set

2. Using the Chrysanthemum die, die cut chrysanthemums using different colors of card stock. There are a total of 13 flowers on this box top. I used wine colored card stock, bright yellow card stock and the rest were die cut using white card stock and were shaded with Susan’s PanPastels.



3. The above 2 pictures show the pieces used for each chrysanthemum. For complete instruction on how to create Susan’s Garden Note Chrysanthemum, you can watch Susan’s YouTube Video at this LINK.  Susan has 15 new videos on Susan’s Garden Club playlist on YouTube that will be very helpful in creating your projects with her dies.


SUSAN'S GARDEN - Woodland Leaves (1092) 6 piece set

4. Using Susan’s Garden Woodland Leaves, die cut a lot of leaves using some white card stock and some Kraft card stock. The different card stock gives a variety of shades.


5. All the leaves were first shaped, using Susan’s Flower Tool Kit.   Working on a Teflon Craft Mat, all the leaves were colored using a variety of colors from Susan’s PanPastels; yellows, greens, orange, rust, bright red and dark red. The PanPastels blend beautifully creating such beautiful fall colors. Use a sponge to add the colors which makes it easy to quickly color. There will be PanPastel dust on your craft mat, so don’t forget to pick this dust up with the sponge and blend it over some of the leaves. If you check the links below, you will be able to purchase two of the PanPastels in a Bundle at a great savings.


6. Looking at the picture above, first layer a lot of the Woodland Leaves down the left side and across the bottom of the top of the box.

7. Attach the Chrysanthemums with dimensional glue dots.

8. Add as many Elizabeth Craft Designs Curvy Leaves as you like for fillers;  they were die cut using white card stock then sponged with green PanPastel then a little rust around the edges, then  shaped with Susan’s Flower Tool Kit.

9. There are also branches from Susan’s CountryScapes Wood 1 die set that were die cut using dark brown card stock, then glued under the leaves.

10. There is one Elizabeth Craft Designs Berry Branch tucked in that was colored with the wine (dark red) PanPastel.


The inside of the box is shown in the photo above. Lay a piece of designer paper inside the bottom, but do not glue it in place in case at some point you want to see the beautiful wood grain again. But do glue a piece of designer paper to the inside of the lid to cover the cigar-related printing. Add Elizabeth Craft Designs Border Peel-Offs around the edges of the designer paper to frame it, as well as one of Susan’s Garden Woodland Leaves.

A box decorated with Susan’s Garden dies would be a beautiful gift in itself, or you could add a little surprise inside too. Do you have something you could recycle and make beautiful?


Elizabeth Craft Designs – 

1087 Garden Notes Chrysanthemum

1092 Susan’s Garden Woodland Leaves

992 CountryScapes Wood 1

Susan’s Tool Kit

30115 Susan’s Garden PanPastel Kit 1

30116 Susan’s Garden PanPastel Kit 2

30117 Susan’s Garden PaPastel Kit 3

OR you can purchase PanPastel Bundle 30115/30116 on SALE

730 Curvy Leaves

758 Berry Branch

507 10mm Transparent Double Sided Tape

1060 Border and Corner Peel-Off Stickers

1034 Corner and Border Peel-Off Stickers

Other Supplies – 

Cigar Box

Teflon Craft Mat


Glue Dots

Variety of colored card stock

Design Paper


Old Paper and Tea Dye Distress Ink

Dimensional Tape

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  • scramblinrosie October 22, 2015 at 12:34 am

    Well, I have no idea why, but not one of those pictures are showing up for me!
    Have they been removed?

    • Selma October 22, 2015 at 6:15 am

      I came over to the blog to check this out, and the pictures are still on. Maybe they needed a little time to load.

  • wandahentges October 21, 2015 at 9:58 am

    This is gorgeous!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • judi kauffman October 20, 2015 at 1:28 pm

    It would be tempting to cut the lid off a cigar box and make that same project to frame in a shadow box!

  • PA October 19, 2015 at 5:34 pm

    WOW! NICE! Selma…YOU out did yourself on this one! Stunning piece of Art work! Hope the fortunate person who receives this piece of Art Really Does Appreciate ALL the LOVE that went into making this! I know I Will! <3

  • Selma October 19, 2015 at 2:09 pm

    Thank you for all the nice comments about my box. It was an easy project and I hope you will create one.

  • Eva van Buuren October 19, 2015 at 1:58 pm

    Hi Selma, I am very impressed!!
    This box is a real BEAUTY!!
    You have made such a wonderful flowers and leaves and I love the way how you have it decorated.
    Thank you very much for your clear step by step explanation.
    Hugs, Eva.

  • Liz Crabbe October 19, 2015 at 1:51 pm

    Absolutely love it. I have a question as I was wanting to do the pastels but wondering if they need a sealer to stop dusting or rubbing off.

    • Selma October 19, 2015 at 2:07 pm

      Liz I just rubbed in the PanPastels, blending well, with a sponge and did not put on a sealer.

      • Liz Crabbe October 19, 2015 at 5:29 pm

        Thank you. Can see an order happening!! 🙂 Love the way they blend

  • bobisue October 19, 2015 at 10:34 am

    Wow! You have really outdone yourself this time. Simply stunningly!

  • Raquel Mason October 19, 2015 at 8:59 am

    Wow what a beautiful arrangement of flowers!

  • Mary Prasad October 19, 2015 at 8:48 am

    Lovely! Just beautiful!

  • quietfire October 19, 2015 at 8:45 am

    Wow! Best use of a cigar box EVER!

  • Patti L October 19, 2015 at 8:44 am

    Selma, a lot of love went into that beautiful box. TFS

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