Spontaneous Saturday: Cigar Band Spools

I had an idea for a crafty project early this morning and on my way through the garage to my studio to grab some Mod Podge, I nearly tripped over an old box I’ve kicked around for years. I used to think it was some kind of ballot box because of the slits in the lid, but when dusting it out this morning I found a nail wedged inside. Hmmm, possibly it was some kind of nail sorter/storage. Either way, it wanted to be a part of the crafty action, so I grabbed it, the ’Podge, an old tattered book and my trusty X-acto knife.Before starting my original project idea, I went to work on the box and lined the back of each compartment with a page piece glued down with Mod Podge.Now, as you may know, if you collect enough stuff, eventually things just start to partner up.
I was observing spools and labels sitting together on my coffee table just this morning; some of the spools from my old thread stash and a few I bought for ten cents yesterday at The Legacy and vintage cigar bands, part of an Etsy order that I found in my mailbox when I returned home with the spools.I wasn’t quite sure what I was going to do with the bands when I ordered them, it was an impulsive add-on to another purchase, but thought they would be a nice addition to my cigar label collection. And by the way, these fantastic cigar labels and wraps, found on eBay and Etsy, are very innexpensive.
After staring at them long enough over coffee, I had an Aha moment. The next thing I know I’m wrapping spools with cigar bands.The wrapped spools fit nicely into the old compartment box and I added some cigar box labels to the piece as well. I wrapped a few other spools that still had their thread and the whole project created a really cool general-store-like display, especially exciting for the graphic designer in residence.

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41 Responses to Spontaneous Saturday: Cigar Band Spools

  1. #1 - risa says:

    Very nice. And very creative!

  2. #2 - chicroses says:

    I love it..I would have never thought to do this. I wished I could come up with alpha moments like you do.

  3. #3 - VenetiaJewelry says:

    i love the look it looks so vintage!

  4. #4 - Carly says:

    That's a whole lotta awesome. Kudos to your "connect the random dots" brain!

  5. #5 - Heather - CROQZine.com - Dollarstorecrafts.com says:

    So cute! My jaw literally dropped when I saw the finished product (I don't think that has EVER happened to me). Awesome! You rock.

  6. #6 - Linda K says:

    Cathe,Isn't it great when the ideas just form from all our stuff? Reminds me of the day last week when the project for the bunny dominoes happened to me.

    Linda K. in Kansas

  7. #7 - The Feathered Nest says:

    Cathe! You never cease to amaze me girl!!!! What a fab idea!!! Looks so wonderful and of course the graphics are all wonderful ~ what a great way to display the labels! xxoo, dawn

  8. #8 - DeeDee says:

    these are awesome and very creative…

  9. #9 - jenny b harris says:

    Wow, I love it! I am attracted to cigar box graphics, too… wasn't aware that you could get the cigar bands though. I wish I had your start-to-finish capability. And all in one day, impressive!

  10. #10 - marie says:

    What a great vintage look ~ kudos to you on that inspired Aha moment!

  11. #11 - Paula says:

    Awesome! It's got such visual interest – I love it!

  12. #12 - EmandaJ says:

    Hello Cathe, That is so cool! As a quilter and life-long needlewoman, I am totally drawn to threads and spools. Great idea.

    Check out my blog for a giveaway!

  13. #13 - TheresainMS says:

    Great project; very clever and such a nice display!!

  14. #14 - Jenn Klee says:

    This is such an awesome project.

  15. #15 - Kathy says:

    Very cool, Love the colors of the graphics… great idea, xoxo~Kathy~ @ Sweet Up-North Mornings…

  16. #16 - Molly says:

    Okay, not only are you brilliant enough to come up with this stuff, but you're also generous enough to take the time to document it all and report back to us…

    We love you for this!


  17. #17 - Lyndsay @ LouLouBell says:

    i love this, very crafty! I'm diggin' the spools!

  18. #18 - Kate8085 says:

    Oooh, I love anything that looks old timey, and I think this hits the nail on the head!

  19. #19 - NicNacManiac says:

    N i c e….this is awesome…it's amazing how things come together and your mind is just full of creative stuff that you don't know where it comes from. Those spools in that terrific case are fabulous!!

  20. #20 - Little Paper Dog says:

    drooling over how lovely this is 🙂

  21. #21 - Erica says:

    This is a very cool project! I love it when it just all comes together from nowhere!

  22. #22 - PussDaddy says:

    Those are really cute!


  23. #23 - The Redhead Riter says:

    Do you remember those little fake gray plastic cans that came with the "pretend dishes" and "pretend food" when we were little? The cans had a wrapper that identified them as corn or peas or something. That's what these remind me of! I had the nicest memories come flooding back of playing house with my sister. Thank you! Very cute!

  24. #24 - My name is PJ. says:

    This is right up my alley! My pulse actually quickens when I see things like this!

  25. #25 - Creative Crafter UK says:

    Love this idea! Old packaging and labels are so inspiring and this looks amazing. It's surprising what can be done with a few old spools and vintage labels. Great job! You're so creative.

  26. #26 - Christine Edwards says:

    Mmmm, don't you love serendipitous moments like this. It all worked out so well and looks so darn great. That's an awesome box you have there.

  27. #27 - amybluestar says:

    LOVE. Must repost as a project of the week.

  28. #28 - Christie Cottage says:

    I love it! It looks like something out of a vintage country store!

    Have a wonderful Sunday!

  29. #29 - Mrs.Kwitty says:

    Fantastic idea…it really does look just like an old store display, I love it!! What a little creative genius you are!
    Smiles, Karen

  30. #30 - TidyMom says:

    oooh, Cathe those look GREAT!!! I LOVE it!!!


  31. #31 - laurie - magpie ethel says:

    You never cease to amaze and inspire me. This is a awesome project – totally a great way to put something random together and make an eye catching display. Cool, cool, cool!

  32. #32 - Amber says:

    I love this idea. My husband has a photo album full of cigar bands. I'm going to show this to him.

  33. #33 - Margaret says:

    Loved the progress…thanks for sharing….

  34. #34 - Jane says:

    I loved how your finished project looked. I have a large collection of wood spools…..now I will be looking out for cigar labels! Thanks for sharing your great "aha" moment.

  35. #35 - rozetta says:

    I just found your blog by following a link from Artsy Momma.

    This is a GREAT project! I have two glass case boxes that I got at the thrift store. You've given me some creative inspiration.


  36. #36 - Aly Beth says:

    I wish that I could sew just to organize everything exactly like you do! haha


  37. #37 - mitziscollectibles says:

    Cathe, you are coming up with some fabulous ideas! Your spools are inspiring me to get out my Mod Podge and some little perfume bottle labels I have stored away and apply them to some little glass bottles I found (34 of them!). If I actually finish, I'll e-mail you a picture!

    Mitzi Curi

  38. #38 - deborah says:

    oh I absolutely LOVE that!!! My husband is a cigar smoker, and I have lots of pretty boxes I use in my craft room for supplies. That would make a wonderful piece of beauty in our room.

  39. #39 - Lance Powell says:

    It is called as an artistic view. What ever you look at you can see something new to create.These are just unbelievable stuffs.I have wasted a lot of my cigar bands which i buy from online Cigar Shop. I could have easily done something like this. Thanks for the idea.

  40. #40 - Kay Lincoln says:

    Hi Cathe, this is absolutely gorgeous. love your ideas and creativity.

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