They are the cardboard version of the boxes. Both are in great shape inside too. I remember when I was a kid and my mom would get these - I loved to look at the "map" to see which chocolates were which. I think that these boxes are pretty old, because I don't remember a lot of these candy flavors - and there's a lot of pineapple; I don't remember that. Two different sizes, the larger one in the back was $2.50 and the smaller one was $1.50. I snapped them up, remembering that there is some project out there that uses these boxes.
The one I was thinking about was Sue Hillis' A Sweet Stitch, which chart is available from Silver Needle for $20. I'm not sure I want that chart that much.
The other project I was able to find was by Stitching Parlor - My First Sewing Box. But, I just don't like this one that much. So, looks like I'll have to come up with something on my own.
The boxes are still really cute and in great shape. Also, I don't really have to do anything with them; after all they DO have sampler designs on them. They could just be used as they are to store threads, or tools, or whatever.
Then I thought, wait a minute, didn't my friend GIVE me one of those tin sampler boxes back a few years ago?
Turns out, I was sort of right - it wasn't a Whitman's Sampler box, but it WAS a tin candy box, which is pretty cool. The lid is nice and heavy too. So, I can use my cardboard boxes for stuff that I won't be into alot (that way they won't get abused and out of shape much) and I can set the tin one aside to make one of those charming needlework tool boxes. Love it!