Found Cigar box near Madison Street and Racine Avenue, 10pm on December 17
The process Using a drill, I created a hole large enough to thread my phone-charger cord through the back of the cigar box, turning it into a charging station. I measured and cut two pieces of red-and-gold printed paper for the top and bottom perimeter of the box, brushed the bottom of each piece with rubber cement and then wrapped them around the base and lid of the box. I cut two pieces of black-and-white decorative paper to fit the inside top and bottom of the box and secured them with rubber cement. Keep the charging station on your desk where it can double as a catchall for your keys and stray pens.
The materials Patterned papers $4 each at Paper Source (232 W Chicago Ave, 312-337-0798), Elmer’s rubber cement $2 at Office Depot (locations around the city). Total cost: $10.
—Collected and salvaged by Diana Durkes (finedivingchicago.com).