Uses for Cigar Boxes

From storage to craft projects galore, cigar boxes have so many uses. You can organize with them, decorate them how ever you like, stack them easily and more. This is a guide about uses for cigar boxes.

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For Organizing

I have a junk drawer and I would think it would be great to use them to hold pens, pencils, loose paper for writing messages. Also, try it in your spice/cooking cabinet to hold things such as marinade packets,yeast packets, loose tea bags, small spice containers, etc.

Use it at Christmas time and wrap it with gift wrap or foil and present gifts with it. Your friends and family will enjoy recycling it over again themselves.

By Nicole

Small Frame or Shelf

I saw this idea on Trading Spaces. You can nail the box to a wall and tack the lid up so that it makes a small "shelf" or a frame. I think on the show they put votive candles in the boxes, but I don't think it would be a good idea to ever light the candles (fire hazard).

By Jill Z

Storing Craft Supplies

I store craft supplies in cigar boxes. To get the tobacco smell out of the box put a couple of tablespoons of baking soda in a cupcake paper inside the box for a few days.

By Carol

Using The Wood

A lot of cigar boxes are made of balsa wood and are dove tailed together. You can take the boxes apart and use the wood in craft projects. My grandfather used to make me doll house furniture out of the wood.

Per the "trading spaces" idea, maybe a candle would be a bad idea, but placed on a wall would make it an excellent shadow box. They may be useful for packaging gifts like a box of soaps, herbs, etc. The boxes can be covered or painted.

By Mickie

Stationery Holders

I've used cigar boxes two ways. Since I'm a stamper, I make sets of notecards for the women in my family every year. Last year I decorated cigar boxes to become stationery holders and tucked the notecards, pens, and stamps inside. This year, my Christmas present is reproducing all of the family recipes. I'm converting appropriately-sized cigar boxes into recipe card files.

By Pat R.

A Treasure Box

When I was a child, cigar boxes were used as "treasure boxes". A good place for the storage of all of the special things I found or was given: a piece of glass polished by the ocean, a feather from a robin, a stone that looked like it had a face, a card that had sparkles and fuzzies on it from a favorite aunt or friend. It was universally known to be off-limits to parents. I painted a pirate chest on the top of one and sent it (with a less adult explanation) to the 3 year old son of a friend. He loved it, and still brings it to our home to show us his new "treasures". The original that I had was a cardboard cigar box, but you get the idea!

By Weatheredoaks

Cigar Box Guitars

I've started making cigar box guitars from them. They are cheap, strong, and the wooden ones resonate fairly well. As a finished instrument, they sound very similar to an Old Time banjo. They are a lot of fun to play too.

By Bill Jehle

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August 11, 20060 found this helpful

Could you please send the directions for the cigar box guitars. It sounds like fun to make.

thank you very much,


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February 8, 20080 found this helpful

you can make a shadow box with it. find a frame and use brackets on the back of frame to connect the box to it. decorate the frame first and put something in the box before using brackets. hope this will help.

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June 13, 20080 found this helpful

I would also love to hear about how to make a cigar box guitar

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July 15, 20080 found this helpful

I'd also like to have directions for cigar box guitars.

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December 22, 20100 found this helpful

My grandfather once said, "Every kid should have a cigar box of their very own." I have used them for years as gifts containing lots of "small stuff". Here are a couple of examples: A high school graduate, pack it with stuff for the "top drawer"; pens, pencils, chapstick, a pocket knife, stamps, small stapler, etc., things you have collected for them. For your female spouse include jewelry, a letter from you, a shell the two of you found on the beach together. For your male spouse a pair of cufflinks, a belt buckle, a pack of matches. For a kid some games, erasers, a yo-yo, and on and on and on. I assure you the gift will be special and remembered. Put all of the stuff together in the box like a puzzle. Beautiful!

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October 24, 2004 Flag
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I need some ideas on what to do with about 30 cardboard cigar boxes I got at an auction this afternoon. Some are pretty old and some are not. Any ideas?

Tammy from Virginia

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October 24, 20040 found this helpful

Boy, am I jealous of your auction find! What a treasure trove you've won. The boxes would be good for drawer organizers, used either with or without the lids. You can use them as-is or paint or paper them first.

To make a jewelry-type box, paint the box whatever color you like. Glue felt or fabric in the bottom of the inside and decorate the outside if you like with cut-out magazine pictures, old beads, jewelry pieces, sewing odds and ends (rick rack, trim, etc.). Let your imagination run wild!

These also make great potpourri boxes, just paint and decorate, fill with wonderful potpourri, they are great to give friends for their bathrooms, etc.

You could paint some red, cut out cute Christmas pictures from wrapping paper, Christmas cards, magazines, etc. and decoupage those onto the box and filled with Christmas candies and chocolate. The boxes could also be wrapped in Christmas paper and used for gift packages.

You might want turn them into a recipe box by decoupaging words from a restaurant menu all over it. Copy recipes onto index cards and filled the decorated box with the recipes.

Although many of the following ideas call for wooden cigar boxes, one could easily substitute cardboard cigar boxes. You may need to change the directions a bit; for instance, paint the box, rather than use it unpainted but the ideas should work just as well. A quick search of the Internet found the following:

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Cigar Box Memo Board

Cigar Keepsake Box (you may need to scroll down past other project(s) to see this)

Memory Box

Cigar Box Jewelry Box ... cle/0,2025,DIY_13746_2895378,00.html

Old cigar boxes make wonderful craft projects

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Uses for Wood Cigar Boxes

Have fun!!!


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October 25, 20040 found this helpful

I bought a bunch that were called "school boxes" at Safeway that were on clearance ... same as the "cigar boxes" to use in a craft project at the nursing home.

I negotiated .25 cents each for the 20 of them. Since I donate the materials, try to keep it as cheap as possible.

I spray painted them all the same color and I glued a piece of styrofoam on the lid before the craft class, then had the residents decorate them with silk flowers and leaves ... very pretty!

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October 25, 20040 found this helpful

Slice the box in the middle and use them for decorative tissue boxes.

You can make shadow boxes to hang on the wall for any season.

They make great receipt boxes or candy and cookie or stationary boxes.

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October 28, 20040 found this helpful

Ooh, the old ones are the best, aren't they? I have a lovely old "Joan of Arc" sans lid that I use as a CD holder on my nightstand for my CD-radio alarm clock. Turn the box sideways and place the CDs in title-side up.

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November 6, 20040 found this helpful

There are lots of things that you can do with cigar boxes. The older cigar boxes may be valuable. I would check google or ebay. I love to paint cigar boxes. I have made closets out of them for Barbie dolls. I paint the outside and inside of the box, Then sponge paint a design, stand the box up on its end and put a knob on the "door " of the closet and cut a wooden dowel to fit inside of box (to hang clothes on) and hot glue the dowel in place. My daugher and her friends enjoyed them. For the smaller dolls I would make a bed out of the cigar box. Pain the box, make mattress, pillows, blankets, quilt, etc and have the lid to close and hold everything in place. My grandson loves boxes to put things in. When he was little, (after I painted the box)) I would paint bears or something he liked all over it and he could keep his "treasures" in the box. Hope this helps.

Judy in NV

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December 27, 20080 found this helpful

I have several wood and cardboard cigar boxes 70 to 100 yrs old. The art work on the inside cover is a collectible. jaderealty AT

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May 20, 20090 found this helpful

Most cigar stores sell these wonderful boxes for little. $1.00 each at my store. The ones with the little hinges are great for glue crafts. I made my husband (a cigar smoker) a specility Cigar Storage box with Air Force Fabric and gold braided trim glued on. Then I decoupaged a personalized poem inside and the date, and occasion. He was so touched & just loved it!

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March 12, 2012 Flag
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I have serveral cardboard cigar boxes and I am not sure as to what to do with these to make good use out of them. Any ideas?

By D Partain

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