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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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.