Dream Jobbing finalist Margot Potter is turning a cigar box into a fashionable accessory.


  • Cigar Box Style Wood Box (you can use a real cigar box; you just need to add hardware)
  • Target Floral Print Table Cloth (or other heavy duty fabric you like)
  • Bamboo Purse Handle
  • 2 1.5” Wood Screws
  • Flat Back Swarovski Elements Crystals in Coordinating Colors
  • 3.8” Chinese Gimp Braid Trim (enough to fit around edge of purse front and back)
  • FolkArt Multi-Surface Paint in Coordinating Color
  • Mod Podge Matte Finish
  • Mod Podge Jewel Glue
  • Hot Glue Sticks


  • Crystal Katana Tool
  • AdTech Aleene’s Ultimate Hot Glue Gun with Smallest Tip
  • Fabric Scissors
  • Fine Grit Sandpaper
  • Pencil or Marker
  • Foam Brush
  • Paint Brushes
  • Brayer
  • Small Screwdriver for small Philips-Head screws
  • Electric Screwdriver

DIY Finalist: Margot Potter - Home & Family


1) Plan placement of fabric on front and back. Trace around edge of purse with pencil or marker.

2) Cut two pieces of fabric with a sharp pair of fabric scissors. Don’t worry if it frays a little, we’re sealing that later. Set to the side.

3) Mark and drill holes for screws for the handle.

4) Remove all hardware and place in a baggie so you don’t lose any screws!

5) Sand wood lightly to smooth surface.

6) Paint sides and interior of purse with two coats of multi-surface paint, leave tops unpainted. Let this dry.

7) Paint sides and interior of purse with two coats of Mod Podge Matte Finish. Let this dry.

8) Paint a layer of Mod Podge on top of one side of the purse with a foam pouncer.

9) Assemble purse, including handle.

10)Gently lay fabric from top to bottom over Mod Podge, smoothing down as you go.

11) Go over the fabric with a brayer to adhere fabric and work out any air bubbles. Repeat fabric application on the opposite side of purse.

12) Attach your braid starting at the bottom center and working your way around the edge front and back.

13) Lay down a thin bead of hot glue along one edge of purse, press braid into glue. Work just a few inches at a time.

14) Lay a second thin bead of hot glue along the corresponding edge. The braid is wrapped around the edge, which seals and protects the fabric.

15) Continue around edge of purse. Finish by meeting the ends at the bottom center. Cut off any excess trim, secure with hot glue.

16) Finish the purse with Swarovski Elements. Plan out your placement, brush crystals to the side.

17) Lay down a small layer of glue.

18) Use Crystal Katana to pick up crystals and place into glue. Press down on the crystals with the opposite end of the tool to secure. Let this dry overnight.

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