Inspired by a donation of cigar boxes, our teaching artists showed the women in our outreach programs how to transform these wooden boxes into custom purses, lunch pails, and storage spots. The women at the Center for Women in Transition, St. Patrick Center, and Lydia’s House customized their cigar boxes with cardboard, leather, and a t-shirt yarn. They learned to use an old-time hand drill and a staple gun to attach dividers, handles, and more.