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« on: October 03, 2006 08:04:54 AM »

These things have sliding lids and are probably about seven by nine inches, more or less. I have access to a whole bunch of them (like a hundred) if I can figure out some really cool ideas for them other than using them to store stuff... or at least to store stuff creatively and attractively.

If I can make them into something I can sell, so much the better.
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« Reply #1 on: October 03, 2006 08:12:29 AM »

You could nail them all together and make shelves... like a shadow box (does that make sense?).  They would look really cool with some of the boxes on their sides and every once and a while leaving the tops on to making sliding doors.

Maybe you could store CD's or DVD's in the shelves - I'm not sure how much space there is, though.  Well, maybe not, they look a little too shallow.

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« Reply #2 on: October 03, 2006 08:13:42 AM »

If you can't make decorative storage, how about shadow boxes? Paint them or decoupage and then replace the sliding cover with a piece of glass. You can fill with photos, knicknacks, flowers, papers, whatever... Maybe set up a few template ideas and offer to personalize them for ppl? Good gift idea!

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« Reply #3 on: October 04, 2006 09:55:42 AM »

Thanks! Good ideas, all.

I keep thinking of storage for crochet hooks when I look at them. I suppose I could line them with fabric, or maybe I could make two pieces of fabric-covered cardboard or plastic with loops of elastic sewn onto the fabric... stick hooks in the loops and lay one piece over the other to make two layers of hook storage. Hmmm.
What other type of storage could I make with these?.........

« Reply #4 on: October 11, 2006 09:38:37 PM »

My husband is a cigar smoker and I found myself with the same question......what to do with all these cool boxes?  Currently I have them stacked to the ceiling and labelled with all my various art "junque"preg_replace('/(.{49})/', '$1 ', '......beads......pebbles......buttons.....wire.....found') objects....threads.....watch parts....you name it.

Really liked the idea someone had of making a wall of shadow boxes with them!  I have used them as shadow boxes, but never thought of making a wall of them.  They could be used as storage AND display...how cool!

Other than the obvious (I'm sure you've seen those cigar box purses people are making and selling at outrageous prices!), they also make very cool personalized gift boxes.  If it's sort of a "blah" box, I sand the lacquer off and paint it, but for some of the really gorgeous ones I just make a personalized copper plate with copper wire and things soldered on to it.  It could be a name, or a quote, or just a meaningful word.  I also save the fancy cigar bands that come with the cigars, and have decoupaged the boxlids with the bands.  Most of them are metallic papers, so if you apply a little paint and hit them with a heatgun, they start to look aged and very intriguing.

I have also made a "Zen garden" out of a really teeny wooden cigar box.  I filled it with pebbles, sand, and moss from a recent vacation on Lake Huron, and put it on my desk at work.  Whenever I feel the need, I can just open the lid to the box, and move and arrange the rocks and things around.  Somehow, just being able to touch those beautiful things reminds me of how peaceful it was there.  For anyone who loves dirt and rocks and sand, cigar boxes can make really, really cool "portable" Zen gardens!
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« Reply #5 on: October 12, 2006 09:09:20 AM »

How cool! I'd love to see pics of some of your boxes. Unfortunately I don't have any bands; maybe I could find something else to sub for them though.
I like the zen garden idea.
I'm told that four decks of cards fit nicely in one of the boxes. How about decoupaging the inside -- or outside for that matter-- in a suitable design, putting in the cards, and giving it to a card-playing friend.

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« Reply #6 on: January 23, 2012 03:23:36 PM »

could use them to store pictures in and decorate them with photos and little trinkets of things that mean something to u and ur family or things from vacxation thathave stories behind them or special moments
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« Reply #7 on: January 25, 2012 11:27:47 AM »

You could put in playing cards and a set of poker chips. Perhaps decoupage the outside with a cheap set of cards, whole, or cut up.
I love boxes of all kinds, and I just paint them however I feel like, and glue bits and bobs to the top. I figure I could sell them just as decorated boxes, and let them figure out what to use it for!
Oh, jewelry boxes! make some dividers for the inside out of cardboard or plastic or wood, cover them with fabric or decoupage them. Line the box itself with nice paper or fabric, and there you go-jewelry boxes!
Or you can always swap with people for craft supplies and such, to get rid of some of the excess amount, if you still have far more than you'll use. Put a line in your signature, and I bet you'll have your stash whittled down in no time.

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« Reply #8 on: February 17, 2012 07:34:29 AM »

I really would love to see one of these made into a book cover. Seems doable, if i recall correctly the joints on most cigar boxes are just glued, so knock off the smaller pieces and hinge with glue and fabric.
I think I may have to try this myself if I can scare up a cigar box.

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« Reply #9 on: March 02, 2012 06:36:23 PM »

How exciting! How about using them as gifts, as in making "theme" boxes. If you could pick a theme with a receiver in mind, decorate the box accordingly, and fill it with items that match the theme. Like a movie box, with a DVD and some microwaveable popcorn, or a spa in a box type thing, or a manicure box. What a super fun supply, enjoy:)


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