Ring Holder by Upcycling a Cigar Box

Ring Holder by Upcycling a Cigar Box

During a trip to West Palm Beach, we stopped in a nautical salvage shop. I picked up a bunch of fun odds and ends, including this cigar box. I had wanted a vintage cigar box for a while now so that I could upcycle it into a ring holder or wooden jewelry box, and this one seemed to be the perfect size and shape.

Cigar box for repurposing into a ring holder or mens jewelry box or mens valet box

Upcycling this cigar box would be easy and it would be an excellent addition to my growing collection of jewelry organization projects

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Upcycling a Cigar Box into a Ring Holder / Jewelry Chest

And to make it, I only needed a few more supplies: quilt batting, fabric (in my case, a vintage bed sheet), basic sewing supplies, and the right glue.

Making a ring holder by upcycling a cigar box into a wooden jewelry box or mens valet box

First, I measured the interior of my cigar box- roughly 6” X 6”. I cut out a strip of quilt batting (about 6¼” X 6½”), rolled it up, and pinned it in place.

Then I quickly stitched it shut- and oddly enough, it looked like a fluffy cigar!

Creating the ring cushions to go inside a cigar box that has been upcycled into a ring holder and wooden jewelry box

I kept making one fluffy cigar after another until the cigar box was pleasantly stuffed. Because they’re soft and flexible, you can squeeze the ring cushions in pretty tight to make sure they fit inside your ring holder.

Using the quilt batting to make the ring cushions for a cigar box that has been upcycled into a ring holder

Then, I cut out squares from my bed sheet and rolled up my “fluffy cigars” (also known as ring cushions) like little burritos. Same as before, I first pinned the fabric in place and then stitched it shut.

Making the ring cushions from quilt batting and vintage fabric to go inside a cigar box that has been repurposed into a ring holder

Also, I never did paint my cigar box because I liked the natural wood look. But you could certainly paint it and then coordinate the fabric you use on your ring cushions to match!

Turning a cigar box into a ring holder or jewelry chest or mens valet box

I placed all of my ring cushions (now rolled in fabric) in the cigar box and it truly resembled a ring holder! You could store pierced earrings in between the cushions, too, so it’s as much a jewelry chest or wooden jewelry box as it is a ring holder.

Repurposing a cigar box into a ring holder or wooden jewelry box or mens jewelry box

That optional glue I was talking about? You could certainly hot glue your ring cushions inside the cigar box, but mine were snug enough that I didn’t need to take that step.

I would recommend gluing them in place, however, if you were giving this ring holder as a gift.

Ring Holder or Wooden Jewelry Box by Upcycling a Cigar Box

Once my ring cushions were in place, I added my rings! It all came together so quickly- gotta love that in a project! And it’s the perfect addition to my ever-growing collection of jewelry organizers.

I didn’t have a ring holder before (they just jangled around in a small porcelain dish), so this definitely solved that problem! And this will also keep my rings from getting dusty.

Ring holder that is made by upcycling a cigar box or vintage cigar box into a wooden jewelry box or jewelry chest

And a ring holder is certainly not the only upcycling idea for a cigar box when it comes to jewelry organization! I think it would be the perfect mens jewelry box or mens valet box if you lined the interior with flannel fabric.

You could stain the wood darker or even paint it black, dark blue, etc. Either way, there are lots of upcycling ideas for a cigar box and a jewelry chest or wooden jewelry box is just the tip of the iceberg!

If you enjoyed this upcycling idea for a ring holder or ring box, then you’ll love this jewelry tree that I made from a silver candelabra!

Repurposing a table candelabra into a jewelry display or jewelry tree to sit on a dresser

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  1. Awesome! It looks fabulous. Great idea.

    Charlotte – My Green Nook

  2. This is a great project! Pinned! Thank you for sharing tutorial!
    Hope you have a wonderful day!
    Hugs and love from Portugal,
    Ana Love Craft

  3. mary scott says

    This is adorable, & I have several old cigar boxes just sitting around. I also pinned this. Thanks

  4. I love the fabric you picked! This is super cute!

  5. This is so cute! I love cigar boxes, but I’ve never quite known what to do with them. I love the fabric you picked. Pinning!

  6. Great idea…this would be a cute idea for a display box for the craft fair.
    Lori in Atlanta

  7. Cute idea! I think I would go without the glue just so it would be easier to clean when the time came. Love the simplicity of this project. 🙂 Thanks for sharing at the #HomeMattersParty 🙂 We hope to see you again next week!

    Life With Lorelai

  8. So pretty! I love the femininity of the fabric and jewelry paired with a masculine cigar box. It’s really gorgeous.

  9. This is so cute and creative! Thanks for linking up with me!

  10. Jen @ Driftwood Gardens says

    Oooooh I think I could do this! I have a slight “problem” with rings, and they are laying around all over my dresser and nightstand, by my kitchen and bathroom sinks, and even in my car. I think I just might have an old cigar box of my Dad’s laying around the house too. Thanks for the inspiration – pinning to revisit after I wrangle all my rings together.

  11. Great idea! I have a little empty box that I keep my rings in – all jumbled up. I’ll have to try this. Thank you for linking up at Merry Monday Linky. It’s always a pleasure to have you. 🙂 Julia (Oooh, and I like all of your rings)

  12. Sharon | Her Organized Chaos says

    I really love this. It’s so simple but the character it adds is incredible! Pinning and sharing! Thanks for linking this up to Totally Terrific Tuesday last week. I can’t wait to see what you have this week! Party goes live tonight at 9pm CST!


  13. I have a couple of cigar boxes and I was never sure what to use them for. Now I know! Thanks for the cute idea! I am visiting today from Friday Favorites.

  14. nikkifrankhamilton says

    This is awesome! I love rings and yours are so cool, different, fun, love it! I gotta see if we have a cigar box hanging out around here somewhere, this is a project waiting to happen!!!

  15. Jann Olson says

    I love the transformation too Sadie! I have such fat knuckles that I don’t wear rings anymore, but love how cute this is! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  16. I have some old cigar boxes too. I am so doing this!! Thanks for the awesome idea!

  17. I’ve always loved cigar box purses. Another great use — storage with personality!


    • Thanks, Debra!

    • I purchased a wonderful cigar box with the idea to make a purse! Alas, the box is somewhere – and when I find where I put it, will reconsider the ring box. Great idea … and if the rolls are removable (not glued) then a ring that slips through can be easily retrieved. Hmm, a few flat bangle bracelets might be stored under the rolls, too.

  18. Candace M. Buyuklu says

    This is quite clever. I have been thinking of doing something like this for my own rings but just hadn’t started and now I have just the thing although mine will be a somewhat larger project. I have an old flatware case that I am going to use as my ring collection is quite extensive and even then it will only hold the latest “finds.” It’s still a great idea and can’t wait to try it. Thanks for a wonderful idea as I’m always open to new crafting projects!

  19. I love this makeover. I’ve stold many cigar boxes in my antique booths, but the next time I find one, I think I’ll make a ring box. Then the question will be to sell or to keep:-)


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