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3gardeners
Mableton, GA
(Zone 7a)

November 4, 2007
3:13 AM

Post #4155563

I have about a hundred cigar boxes I need to do something with. I bought them off ebay a couple of years ago and thought I would make purses. Turns out, I didn't like doing it. Now I have all these very nice to very beautiful boxes and nothing to do with them. Any suggestions?

Catherine

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psychw2
(Pat) Kennewick, WA
(Zone 5b)

November 4, 2007
3:15 AM

Post #4155566

mmmmmm well just about any of the suggestions we gave for the Altoids and tin boxes would work.
MsKatt
Mid-Michigan, MI
(Zone 5b)

November 4, 2007
3:16 AM

Post #4155576

Cigar Box Memo Board
http://www.azcentral.com/home/crafty/articles/0621craftyideas21.html

Cigar Keepsake Box (you may need to scroll down past other project(s) to see this)
http://www.gluedots.com/at_home/projects.shtml

Memory Box
http://www.enchantedlearning.com/crafts/memory/memorybox/

Cigar Box Jewelry Box
http://www.diynetwork.com/diy/shows_cds/article/0,2045,DIY_15079_2502365,00.html

Old cigar boxes make wonderful craft projects
http://havasumagazine.com/Craft/CigarBox.htm

Uses for Wood Cigar Boxes
http://www.thriftyfun.com/Brainstorms/tf940407_bra.html



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3gardeners
Mableton, GA
(Zone 7a)

November 4, 2007
3:18 AM

Post #4155586

Wow! I didn't even get a chance to blink! Y'all are fast. THANKS!
Catherine
MsKatt
Mid-Michigan, MI
(Zone 5b)

November 4, 2007
3:20 AM

Post #4155594

I had saved these links for ideas for my daughter! Normally, I'm not so quick on the draw, lol.
3gardeners
Mableton, GA
(Zone 7a)

November 4, 2007
3:25 AM

Post #4155613

There are some great ideas there. I just wish I knew of a way to use them and still preserve the beauty of them. I couldn't bear painting them! If I can't find a project that I like, I guess I will just list them on ebay in several lots. Or maybe craigs list.

Thanks again and have a good night,
Catherine
Raggedyann
Lawrenceville, GA
(Zone 7b)

November 5, 2007
5:24 PM

Post #4160209

My dad gave me a stack of cigar boxes the last time I was at his house. Two of them are about 5 inches deep. I painted them and added some homespun fabric around them and glued on a rusty tin star. Inside will be rosehips, cinnamon sticks and a candle. Others I painted a solid color and am going to stencil 'Herbs ' on the sides and use them as planters. I'll take pics when I get around to it.

Susan
pieohmy
Independence, LA
(Zone 8b)

November 5, 2007
7:14 PM

Post #4160577

I glue on or decopage whatever is inside the boxes. For my buttons I glued buttons on top. For small animal toys (my sons) we decopaged animal pictures on the box. A bead box has beads and so on and so on.
3gardeners
Mableton, GA
(Zone 7a)

November 11, 2007
4:38 AM

Post #4181080

Still need ideas. I have about 100 boxes to do things with! Otherwise, I will have to go to ebay with them.
Raggedyann
Lawrenceville, GA
(Zone 7b)

November 12, 2007
5:40 PM

Post #4185701

I don't have a problem with painting them. The cigar store up the street will give you boxes just to keep from having to throw them away.
The two on the left are crates, the other two had a sliding lid that I took off and painted, distressed and added stars, etc.

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3gardeners
Mableton, GA
(Zone 7a)

November 18, 2007
5:10 PM

Post #4206897

I have some cardboard, but about 90% of them are wooden. Some are even laquered. So beautiful! Painting them would be hard for me to do. Physically and emotionally. I'd rather someone who could enjoy them have them. You can get a faux cigar box at Michael's for painting. I'd hate to paint these authentic boxes. That's why I'm listing them with ebay. Once the buyers have them, I won't know or care what they do. Silly, I know!
planolinda
Plano, TX

November 21, 2007
3:49 PM

Post #4217214

they sound so pretty--i wonder if the lids could be used for a colage? (i know the spelling is wrong-sorry!)
3gardeners
Mableton, GA
(Zone 7a)

November 26, 2007
4:28 AM

Post #4229959

Thanks y'all. I love the ideas, but since I'm about to be covered up in Christmas, I'm just going to list as many as I can on ebay. If I can get rid of half of them, I'll be happy. I'll tackle cigar box projects in the new year I guess.

Thanks again for all the great ideas!
Catherine

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