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Published on March 14th, 2014 | by Bonnie Getchell

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DIY Storage Ideas: Turn an Old Cigar Box into a Keepsake Box

DIY Storage Ideas: Turn an Old Cigar Box into a Keepsake Box

You don’t have to buy storage boxes from big box stores! DIY storage ideas are so much fun to create and will save you tons of money!

After yesterday’s post on 50 DIY map projects for your home, I wandered around my home wondering which item I could makeover with a map. I stumbled upon an old cigar box that contained all of my keepsakes from traveling to Guatemala — perfect for adding a map, right? I got to work transforming my average cigar box into a keepsake box that I love even more!

What You Will Need:

1. An old cigar box or another recycled box (like a shoe box)

2. A map. I didn’t have one on hand, so I printed one that I found through a quick Google search. It would be more eco-friendly to use a vintage map, though.

3. Scissors

4. Glue, or you can use Mod Podge.

How To Do It:

1. Clean your cigar box with a rag. Mine had a lot of vintage goodness on it (aka dust).

DIY Storage Ideas: Turn an Old Cigar Box into a Keepsake Box

2. Trace the top of the cigar box lid onto your map.

3. Then, cut it out.

4. Glue your map to the top of the cigar box lid. I used a glue and water mixture, but you can also use Mod Podge. The benefit of Mod Podge it that it seals and protects the paper, but I just used what I had on hand. (Side note: You can glue your map to the entire box, if you’d like.)

Once the glue has dried, you’re finished! You can fill your box with amazing souvenirs from your travels. I filled mine with bracelets, magnets, and money from Guatemala.

DIY Storage Ideas: Turn an Old Cigar Box into a Keepsake Box

In the future, I would love to have a box for each country that I travel to. I could even glue that specific country’s map to the outside of the recycled box, and then fill it with all of the goodies that I brought back from the country!

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Hello! I'm Bonnie -- a craft nerd, musician, writer, furniture and vintage lover, crafter, and diyer! If you would like to learn more about me, I also have my own blog, Revolutionaries, where I write about more craft projects, furniture redos, and my faith! You can also find me on , Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.



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