After writing about how to date a WWII US cigarette pack I thought it would be nice to write something about how to make a dummy cigarette pack yourself. Here I will explain step by step how to make one.
First you need the materials to make one. Of course you need a cigarette label to begin with, preferable bought in my webshop. In this case I took a Lucky Strike label. I always use a block of styrofoam as filling, because you can cut it easily to the right size with a sharp knife. But you can also use a piece of wood or carton to work with. Then you will need a sheet of packaging paper and some glue.
In this step, cut the styrofoam to the right size (For a pack of Lucky Strikes or Camels it’s 55 x 75 x 17 mm).
Cut the sheet of packaging paper to a size of 160 x 100 mm.
Wrap and glue the packaging paper around the block of styrofoam.
Now you take the cigarette label which will go around the block.
Wrap and glue the cigarette label around your block. Be sure you will leave a 3 mm free on top (as seen on the next photo).
This is the last step of this pack. Glue the Tax label on top and you have made your own dummy pack of cigarettes.
For the finishing touch you could wrap the dummy pack in cellophane (same size as the packaging paper). Or take a pack of real cigarettes (No filter cigarettes) and re-wrap it with the reproduction label.
Even a box of Player’s or Woodbines from my webshop you can either fill with a block of styrofoam or wood. Or you could fill it with real cigarettes.
Making dummy cigarette packs can be a lot of fun. Before you know it you have a lot of them to display. Have fun…