Craft Ideas for Cigar Boxes

    CRAFTS CLASSES
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    by Elizabeth Tumbarello

    About the Author

    Elizabeth Tumbarello has been writing since 2006, with her work appearing on various websites. She is an animal lover who volunteers with her local Humane Society. Tumbarello attended Hocking College and is pursuing her Associate of Applied Science in veterinary technology from San Juan College.

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    Cigar boxes, especially designed to store the handmade tobacco product, are usually made with sturdy and decorative materials that make them difficult to throw out when empty. Their design -- box container with a hinged lid -- makes them work well as storage for a myriad of objects when embellished.

    Shrines

    The art of making shrines has been a staple of Asian, Hispanic and other cultures for thousands of years. An old cigar box is the perfect shape for a portable shrine to your deity of choice, or to an intangible idea such as creativity, love or strength.
    To create a cigar box shrine, turn the box on its side and use scrapbooking papers, found objects, collage materials, knickknacks and other symbols. Clip a small book light to the cigar box lid to illuminate your shrine at night in place of a candle. The box's hinged lid lets you close the shrine quickly for privacy.

    Purses

    Decoupage the exterior of a cigar box or use a clear sealant to protect the design that is already there. Add a clasp to keep the box closed, attach handles, and you have a functioning purse. You also can line a cigar box purse by gluing a plush fabric, such as velvet, to the interior.

    Jewelry Boxes

    Jewelry boxes can be created by adding dividers made of balsa wood to the inside of the cigar box. You also can stand the cigar box on its side and add small push pins on which to hang longer necklaces, depending on the thickness of the materials used to make the box. Decoupage the outside and keep a sachet of dried herbs in the box to keep the cigar smell from permeating porous jewelry.

    Travel First-Aid Kit

    A cigar box is the perfect size for storing basic first aid supplies. Make a small travel first-aid kit to fit in your car or luggage. Fill the cigar box with essentials such as bandages, cleaners, antibiotic ointment, pain medication, nausea medication, ace bandage and pair of rubber gloves. For a kitschy effect, sand the box, paint it white and paint a large first-aid red cross on the lid.

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