Repurposed Cigar Boxes

Can you imagine life without the internet?

 The flipside of it's many negative uses is the incredible exchange of ideas that is available to us.

One hundred years ago someone from Ireland could have a fabulous idea, execute a project, and write a letter to a relative in the States about it.  A few months later, the letter arrives, and the reader tries to imagine the project in her mind's eye and attempt to recreate this great idea.  Today that project can be detailed, from the idea's birth all the way through it's completion, with photos and instructions, and shared the world over.  From methods of harvesting crops, to refinishing wood, sewing new fashions, or getting hydrangeas to bloom, it's all at your fingertips for the taking.

Isn't this thing that we have come to know as commonplace in our lives just amazing?

I have a pretty wooden cigar box that I want to repurpose, 
and in an instant I can find all these amazing inspirations!

Gorgeous centerpieces…..

(oh my, succulents and tangerines and beautiful flowers in a rustic cigar box???)

plant boxes for the porch….

pretty towel storage….

fun and unique purse with pretty lining...

desktop storage…..

jewelry box...

unique key strorage….

men's valet….

So far I've soaked the label off my box and am working at getting all that adhesive off.  Now it's going to get de-odorized with printed newspaper inside to absorb the cigar smell.
It's a fun little project for the weekend - I'll let you know how it comes out!

What are you up to this weekend?
Hope you have some fun and relax (and maybe even find some inspiring new projects to amuse you!)
Happy weekend, lovelies!


Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

i have painted them before and added little appliques- they just have so many uses!

Dana Frieling said...

How cool that this post came along with a history lesson! It's fun comparing then and now. Good luck with your project. Looking forward to seeing the finished product.

pam {simple details} said...

I've seen some beautiful purses, those centerpieces are gorgeous, too. What a fun weekend project, Lisa. I can't even imagine life without the internet ~ no blogs or pinterest! :(

Louise D in NH said...

I flew to this website because I adore cigar boxes, too! I've mostly used mine in utilitarian ways:Since we walk directly into our kitchen and have no place except under the microwave to put our daily stuff-keys, chapstick, sunglasses, phones, wallets, for the four adult members of this family (one a visitor now), I painted various sized cigar boxes all the same kitchen trim color, and the insides a light blue I liked. It's been the best system so far for corralling each person's stuff in a somewhat unified way--though we still have to keep at the job of weeding out. Love the key hanger and the purse! Cigar boxes can be so gorgeous! I've even taken a few to the office (scrap paper holder, personal items on desk). Would love to see more re-uses. Thrilled that others like them!

Andrea said...

I can't wait to see what you come up with. I love this idea. So many cool inspiration pics too!

Andrea said...

I can't wait to see what you come up with. I love this idea. So many cool inspiration pics too!

Jennifer @ Dimples and Tangles said...

I used to keep my allowance and treasures in the old cardboard ones when I was little. That tobacco smell never went away! Loving the vintage wooden ones.