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Halloween Candyless Altered Cigar Box Swap

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Halloween Candyless Altered Cigar Box Swap
Group:Halloween Spooktactular
Swap Coordinator:dolphingirl (contact)
Swap categories: Art 
Number of people in swap:14
Location:Regional - USA/Canada
Type:Type 3: Package or craft
Last day to signup/drop:August 22, 2016
Date items must be sent by:October 3, 2016
Number of swap partners:1

To me, candy is the least great thing about the holiday as a matter of face I am still eating Easter candy from 2011 lol!

Personally it's all about the cool decorations, jewelry, rubber stamps, pins, toys, small purses, socks, makeup, knick knacks, stickers, and so much more.

You will have only one partner who you will need to decorate a cigar box or something similar in size and fill it up with anything Halloween related as long as it isn't candy, please make sure that you fill it up really well with handmade or store bought items that have a Halloween theme. Please put your best effort into decorating your box for your partner, you want to give them something that they will want to put on display for years to come (I use my previous ones all year around to decorate my desk and hold all my little odds and ends). There are some great ideas online, if you Google Halloween cigar box you will see some super examples.

Wood or heavy cardboard cigar boxes are both fine. Just as long as it is a good sturdy box that won't fall apart and as long as it is a regular cigar box size or bigger. If you can't get any cigar boxes for free, most craft stores have wood boxes that are the same size that are very inexpensive. I am giving this a long send by date to give people plenty of time to decorate and find goodies to fill it.

Please ask if you have any questions. Open to US/Canada residents only for postage price concerns, if you are out of the USA and would like to create a version of this group swap for your area of the world or international please feel free to do so!

There is no spending amount but please only send what you would love to receive. Do not send dirty, damaged items. Handmade and store bought items are both welcome! Michaels, Jo Anns and Target have great $1 - $3 sections and usually starting the end of August they start getting Halloween items in.

You can also order authentic ones from Amazon


Ideas for things to put in your box

Halloween or Skull socks


rubber stamps

plush toys (bats, black cats, ghosts etc...)


books that have a spooky theme

tarot deck

rune stones


jewelry with a Halloween theme

craft supplies (black, orange, purple) or Halloween themed




Really the sky is the limit.


Rabbitfreedom 07/14/2016 #

Yay! I wait all year for this swap and it's finally arrived! Can't wait to start it! Already have some great goodies to fill it!

luleemik 07/16/2016 #

Are we to decorate outside AND inside?

dolphingirl 07/17/2016 #

definitely decorate the outside, the inside is optional

njstauter 07/26/2016 #

OMGood Goddess! I went on to You Tube to find a video and am overwhelmed with how intense this is! I am going to work on this an hope it is up to the standards of artistic folks here

dolphingirl 07/27/2016 #

Oh if you have a link to the youtube video I would love to see it!

njstauter 07/28/2016 #

WOOHOOO I love the box I made! There are many videos on You Tube and all you have to do is a search for Altered Cigar Boxes. I watched all of them and took hints from many to make this one. I am really, really pleased with how it turned out and am glad to have it until partners are assigned.

Alisha98119 08/ 8/2016 #

Can it be a tin box? Does it have to be wood/heavy cardboard?

CurlyTea 08/10/2016 #

When I picture a cigar box, I am thinking a cardboard/chipboard type box. Also old school pencil boxes are built the same. Am I mistaken, isn't it a paper type box?

Rabbitfreedom 08/11/2016 #

Oh no, I am saddened to say that I must drop from this swap. Hubby and I are in the middle of getting ready to move, and with going through sorting and packing, I just don't have the time to dedicate to making an awesome box. Halloween swaps have to be put on hold this year and that makes me very sad :(

dolphingirl 08/14/2016 #

Aww I am sorry Rabbitfreedom that you have to drop from the swap. Feel free to start your own Halloween cigar box swap after you move. I am sure that there are a lot of us (me included) that would love to do another of this swap even if it is after Halloween!

As for what kind of box, I think a heavy cardboard/wood box would probably be best. I wouldn't mind a tin one but some might so just to be all on the same page everyone should use a heavy duty cardboard/ wood box to do this swap.

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