Two cigar box lids
White paper (or other light color)
Cloth or decorative paper
Almost every cigar box craft is done to create something decorative to display but there are a few crafts that don’t fall in to that category. And there’s one, in particular, that you’ll be really excited about. Become an author, an illustrator, and a great parent, by making a cigar box child’s book. Don’t want to be an author? Can’t draw? No problem! Your child is already waiting on the new book that you will craft from an ordinary cigar box.
Don’t run out and buy a box of cigars to make a book. Whether you smoke, or you don’t, you can purchase an empty cigar box online. You’d better order several because your love for making the cigar box books might exceed the child’s excitement of getting them. Some cigar box crafts require you to cut the lid off so you might happen to have some of the lids still. It takes two of them to make each book.
Start out with two cigar box lids. Lay them beside each other so that the right side of each box top is facing upwards. Leave a small space between them. Paper tape is the best choice but you could also use packing tape or colored electrical tape. Apply a piece down the center, covering the edge of each book cover, and leaving the space between the two pieces. Carefully turn the covers over and set aside for now.
It’s up to you how much time and effort that you put into the book. You could type pages, and even do illustrations, or you could do a more simplistic version. Choose a category, such as “foods”, and put a sticker somewhere on a piece of paper (printer paper, scrapbook paper, or another choice). Write the name of the food that is shown on the sticker, underneath it.
A child can learn food words, simple math problems, famous places of the world, or other subjects, by the sticker and word technique. When you’re happy with the story or other arrangement, clip the papers together, and align their edges. Apply white glue to the middle of the tape piece – between the front and back covers – and then hold the papers in it for a few seconds. Slide them around or otherwise position them to align with the covers. Prop the book up so that the spine is on the table and leave it like that for several hours.
Cut a piece of cloth or decorative paper and cover the front of the book. Write the name of the book on the cover and give it to your child. Then, get two cigar boxes, cut the lids off, and get ready to write your next child’s book.