Monday, September 5, 2011

Cigar Box Lid Display

I hope you all enjoyed a relaxing Labor Day.

If you read my post on Friday, you know I was deliberating about taking apart some old cigar boxes I found at the flea market to use in a project.  I was really indecisive and it took me until this morning to finally decide to move ahead and use them.

A couple of my favorite things about the old cigar boxes are the graphics and the colors so I chose a project that would really highlight those elements.
The base for this project was an old, chippy, white cabinet door.
 I purchased this old door a month or so ago for $6.00.
 This small narrow piece of wood was attached to the cabinet door with hinges.
I took it off the cabinet door, removed the hinges and set the piece aside.
I cleaned and lightly sanded both wood pieces and then sprayed them with a couple of coats of clear sealer.

I then took my cigar boxes, removed the lids and started arranging the lids in the recessed area of the cabinet door.  
A few of the lids had to be cut to make everything work but this is what I ended up with.
I took the narrow piece of wood that I had set aside and attached it to the bottom of the piece to use as a display ledge.
Although there is a ledge, I don't want to display anything on it that would compete with the cigar box graphics.  Maybe a few cigars in an open glass jar or a couple of old tobacco tins.
Now that I have finished this project, I have cigar boxes without lids.....any ideas for those?

I'm joining a few parties around blogland today:
Mary @ Boogieboard Cottage for Masterpiece Monday,
Susan @ Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday,
Linda @ Coastal Charm for Nifty Thrifty Tuesday
Kindra @ At Home With K for Terrific Under Ten Tuesday.

Have a great week.



  1. Hello Miss Clever Jane!

    This is so darn cute. Love it!


  2. Oh I know you'll think of something for those boxes. I really love what you did with the cool.

  3. This really turned out great Jane-love it:@)

  4. Ok...
    Stacked as a lamp base
    Connected together to make an apothecary type display
    Attached to a board the same width as little recessed shelves stacked vertically
    Glue 4 together and add a single handle in the center or two handles on the side and they would be little totes for a desktop or trinkets.
    Hung on a wall as a collection where you can see the side graphics and install vintage photos inside..
    whew, I'm done :D

  5. I am sure some pub/restuarant would love to display this on their walls!King Edward is looking good!
    Well done Jane.

  6. For the left over boxes, you need to find a little cabinet (or build one) that's missing drawers or has open slots just the right size to fit those boxes in. They would make great little storage and the ends would be colorful and match the piece you just made with the lids. Good luck. You'll think of something clever!

  7. Brilliant! What a creative mind you are. That is beautiful!

  8. Looks great!Oh, you'll come up with something for the remains.I'm sure of it.

  9. This is so COOL!!! Oh, yeah, you can use the boxes for art/dolls displays, especially the deeper ones!!!

  10. Another clever project. Great!

  11. Love it and you can use the box part for storage on shelfs!

  12. genius!!!

    what else would I expect from you!!!!

  13. Love that! We collect cigar boxes around here, too. Mainly the King Edward and Muriel... those were my dh's grandmother's & grandfather's names. :-) Can't wait to see what you do with the boxes.

  14. Love it! The arrangement looks great.

  15. looks awesome! You did a fantastic job!
    I like the ideas above..especially what oldgreymare said..Glue four of them together and attach a handle in the middle! Perfect for storage on a desk top of shelf!

  16. I knew you'd come up with a great idea! Now they're up on a wall for all to see and enjoy. I love the graphics. Great idea to use the extra piece for a ledge.

  17. What a great idea! Love it totally. Thanks for sharing. Hope to see you on my blog:)

  18. Jane...gorgeous!!! I love it! HUm, I know you don't need our help to use the boxes...You have the most creative mind out there!


  19. I have no doubt that you will do something just as wonderful as this with the topless boxes Jane! I love what you did with the tops!
    big hugs...

  20. Perfekt! What a great idea!


  21. I think Sissy has the perfect name for you...Miss Clever Jane!!! Looks great and wonderful to add the ledge.
    So happy that you came by to NIFTY THRIFTY TUESDAY to share it with all of us.


    P.S. Hope your son had a good time at the game...was sorry to see them lose:(

  22. This turned out so great- really shows off the graphics! And I know you will find an awesome project for the boxes!

  23. I love the idea you came up with! But GASP!! How did you ever have the guts to make that first cut!!! You've got nerve!! I'd have chickened out!
    The idea about using the boxes as drawers for a cabinet or nest is great! Also putting them up like little window boxes with goodies inside.
    I'm looking forward to seeing what you do!!
    Blessings, Doni

  24. Those old boxes had some great pictures. They really look great on that old cabinet door. Knowing you,, you will come up with a great idea for the rest of the boxes. I will look forward to seeing what you comeup with the perfect solution. Some kind o storage idea....

  25. Looks great and I knew you wouldn't throw the other parts of the boxes away. Just can't wait to see what you come up with for those.

  26. They are so colorful they just beg for a "show me off" project, Jane! I love the idea of cigar type things on the ledge. Hmmm, what about shadow boxes? I know you could find things that could be a frame or maybe even if you do some kind of paper craft and make a frame with paper or card stock.

  27. Great look, Jane! I love the colorful graphics on the box tops and the little ledge is priceless!!! For the boxes themselves, I think I would take the bottoms out of all but one (the bottom one), stack them on each other and make a wastebasket. I like the idea of shadowboxes, too!

  28. How cute is that. I am sure you will come up with the perfect idea for the lidless boxes.

  29. Very cute idea, love it! Love the little ledge too... perfect for the tobacco tins!

  30. I knew you would come up with something outstanding!
    Your creative talent never ceases to amaze me.

  31. Looks really great! I saw a crate on etsy that someone added cigar box drawers to just this morning. They used spools for pulls and wanted $350 for it! Go for it!

  32. Can you imagine smoking all those cigars?
    You did those colorful boxes justice.

  33. Beautiful! As for the left over boxes, they could be turned into hanging display frames......Have great week, Mary :O)

  34. Love it Jane...I am going to borrow this idea for my husband!

  35. Great idea. I used to take home empty cigar boxes from my work 35 years ago. I used them for everything....except this project of course.

  36. Fantastic way to use those! I love them together and the big graphic statement it makes. You will find something to do with the boxes I am sure. I have faith in you.

  37. Perfect combination of age and chippiness. The added ledge was a perfect use of the spare trim. I don't know how you do it, my dear--now we all have to wait to see what you come up with for the box portion.

  38. Oh Jane I LOVE this project....Love....LOVE....L-O-V-E it....!!!!!

    I bought back a HEAP of cigar boxes from Texas in March & am using some of them in my office to store little 'bits' but now I think I'm gonna borrow your idea & put them on show so EVERYONE can see them....!!!!!

    Hope you're having a BRILLIANT week....!!!

    Cheers from Oz,
    Tamarah :o)

  39. Another fantastic project. Seeing all of those cigar boxes reminded me of Cathe Holden's cigar boxes.


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