Have I got a great project for you! This DIY Cigar Box Chalkboard could not be simpler or more fun to make … keep reading for the easy tutorial!
Years ago, my mom collected a bunch of cigar boxes from a local cigar shop. She knew that I’d use the boxes for something, and I felt like I hit the jackpot when she gave them to me!
Over the years, I’ve used the boxes for everything from shadow boxes to storage to art projects. I only have a few left, and I’ve been toting these boxes around as we’ve moved across the country and back again. Needless to say, my husband doesn’t really appreciate why I’ve held onto these boxes … ha.
I usually keep my cigar boxes packed away, but our new apartment is a little short on storage space at the moment. As I was searching through my craft supplies the other day, I spotted those boxes and some chalkboard paint, and I had a spark of inspiration!
These DIY Cigar Box Chalkboards are so quick, easy, and fun to make! You definitely won’t be able to stop at just one, which is good because I’m showing you two different ways to make them.
There was even a little wooden ledge in this box, perfect for holding a piece of chalk!
- empty cigar boxes (Find these at your local cigar shop or on eBay, etsy, or Amazon.)
- utility knife
- sand paper (I used 100 grit.)
- painters tape
- chalkboard paint
- foam paint brush
- craft glue
- chalk or chalkboard markers
To make the shadow box style-chalkboard, you need to remove the lid. (Skip straight to the painters tape step if you’re only painting the bottom of the box.)
***Read before cutting!*** If your box is like mine, once you remove the lid, only three sides will be covered by decorative paper, and the part where the lid was will be plain wood. If you remove the lid carefully, you can use the decorative paper on the outside of the box to cover this plain wood part.
Open the lid and use the utility knife to cut through the paper on the inside of the lid, but NOT all the way through to the outside.
There should be a strip of paper on the lid that was holding it to the outside of the box. Carefully remove this strip from the lid and set it aside for later.
Remove any paper or adhesive from the inside of your cigar box. If it sticks to the box, use the sand paper to remove it all of the way. Don’t skip this step, because if you paint over paper it will bubble up and look bad.
Cover the decorative paper of the insides of the box with painters tape.
Don’t worry, the paint dries quickly!
If you’re only painting the bottom of the box, you’re done once the paint dries and can start decorating … yay! If you’re painting the inside of the box, keep reading.
Remember that decorative strip of paper you removed in the very beginning? Apply a little craft glue to it (spread a thin layer over the paper with your finger), then use it to cover the plain side of the box. Hold the strip in place until it adheres to the box.
All that’s left is to decorate your DIY Cigar Box Chalkboard. You can use regular chalk or a chalkboard markers. I love chalkboard markers, but due to the porous nature of the wood, whatever you draw or write on your chalkboard will be permanent. Don’t worry though … you can always paint over your message later if you get sick of it.
After I’m happy with the layout, I’ll go over the message with the chalkboard marker. That way, there is less room for error.
Make sure to check out my chalkboard art post for more tips on chalkboard lettering!
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