Tuesday, September 6, 2011

vintage cigar box for photos and flowers

Can you think of anything more nostalgic, colorful and cheery than vintage cigar boxes? I was so excited to find these at Sunday's Alameda Flea Market, only $20 for the entire batch! The rips and scuffs only add to their well-loved patina of time. Someone cared enough to store these for all these years, and I now hope to give them new life as potential memorial displays.

Vintage cigar boxes are ideal displays for photos, flowers, or both. Especially remembrance services for men, where you don't want to go too frilly with the floral arrangements. I've placed old photos directly inside the box alongside succulents and airplants, but you can use mini clothespins to attach the photos inside the raised lid. These boxes make wonderful centerpieces, or can be the center of attention on a memory table.


11 comments:

Michelle said...

This is SUCH a good idea! I used to play with my grandfathers cigar boxes when I was little. I wish they weren't thrown away!

t said...

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Vintage is for Lovers said...

What wonderful ideas! Actually, your whole blog is filled with wonderfulness! Thanks for your sweet comment. xo Samantha

Jade said...

The look amazing! So beautiful. Love a good vintage find xx

absolutelyfaaabulous said...

Nice.. I love shopping/ to 'save' vintage pieces at flea markets too. I found there once a super original cigar box as well.. go check it out:

http://absolutelyfaaabulous.wordpress.com/2011/07/28/what-to-shop-at-your-local-antiques-market/

Stella said...

What a brilliant idea...How creative :)

Hannah Bussell said...

What a beaut find at a flea market!! Whenever I go to one I can never find anything!!!!!

xx

Jen said...

Love this. And love how you used it with succulents to make a memory garden.

O D Y S S E Y said...

very nice idea. the succulents look lovely arranged this way.
as a child, i had a vintage cigar box or two for holding keepsakes.

Strawberry Freckleface said...

I love this!
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jessica/miniature rhino said...

these are such a great find! we have a bunch too and I agree that the aged looks adds to the charm. My boyfriend can sometimes get them for free (but new ones not as nice) at cigar shops. Love the way you styled them too!