If you haven’t heard of the many things you can do with an empty cigar box you must have been lost at sea! The useful boxes not only act as storage places for all sorts of things but can actually be turned into nice gifts as well. Use a cigar box to make a gift for a man, woman or a child. Use them to make game boxes, gift sets, and craft kits. There are no limits to the gifts you can make when you start with a cigar box.
You’ll often read how people cover cigar boxes with fabric or decorative paper. This can be somewhat of a challenge. As with wrapping a present there’s always excess paper that has to be folded and tucked on one end. If not, you’ll end up with raw edges that must be covered. In that case, you have to attach ribbon, roping or other materials that can cover the edges.
Make things easy on yourself by simply painting the box instead. Choose a metallic color to create an elegant look or a neon color to please a young child. No matter how you paint the cigar box you can then add paper or cloth to embellish. Cut the image you want on the front of the box a little smaller than the box lid itself. Glue the chosen image onto the box and you’ll create a fabulous look with ease. Decorate just the front or use methods to decorate the back and sides, too.
Make a handle for the box by poking two holes on the side of the box. First, position the box so that the opening of the lid is facing you. On the side facing you make the holes. They should be spaced evenly apart; use an ice pick, nail or other implement to make the holes. Cut a piece of vinyl, felt, fabric or other handle material. Create a hole at each end of the strap then position these holes over the holes in the box.
Slide a nail or similar object in through the handle and through the side of the box. The end of the nail should be sticking through to the inside of the box. Glue a bead over it to secure. Glue a ribbon piece to the lid, and another to the side, so you can tie the lid shut.
Inside the box, create sections if you want, by gluing in strips of cardboard. Cover the cardboard with decorative paper then glue them to the bottom as well as the ends. The sections can be used to create a craft kit, hold coins, display thimbles, or hold other objects.
For a guy, fill the sections with screws, nuts, bolts and similar things. For a woman, create a sewing kit or even gift a set of spices. Children will love craft kits, hair accessories, action figures and other gift sets. Make a gift for a new baby by placing a rattle, pacifier and a onesie inside. There are literally hundreds of different gift sets you can make when you start with a simple cigar box!