How to Make a Humidor Under $5


Introduction: How to Make a Humidor Under $5

WELCOME! This is a step by step guide to help you make a humidor cigar box.

Since you are looking for an instructional guide on making humidors, I'm taking no responsibility if you begin smoking.
This guide is for people who are of legal smoking age in their respective province/state. Now that that's out of the way, lets get started!

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You will require:
- Candle wax (less than a dollar... maybe there is one on your table. any wax will do)
- Baking soda (optional, but helps to destroy fungus. One table spoonful will suffice, I'm guessing $1)
- Small Steel bowl (50 cents)
- Wooden box ($2)
- Sponge (less than 50 cents)
- Cigars (not needed to build the humidor, but to place inside. Price? Up to you...)

Grand total: $5

Step 1: Putting It Together

As you may have noticed, the materials required are easy to find, and what to is to be done with them is obvious.
1. That is to say, begin by cutting a fair sized sponge into four smaller pieces.
2. Place two of the sponges in a steel bowl
3. Place a small amount of baking soda on any side of of the sponges
4. Add enough hot water to the sponges such that the water stays in them and doesn't form at the bottom of the bowl
5. Rub wax all over the interior, in a manner that would not make things messy. Just ehough to protect the wood from warping
6. Place the steel bowl with its contents in the box of wood
7. There you have it, a humidor. ***Remember to research on the net how to properly humidify YOUR cigars!***

The amount of water in your bowl is important, some people like to have their spoinges moist, I clearly drench mine, and I do this because I have many cigars in the humidor, but, keep in mind that the more water you put in your bowl the more will be absorbed by the cigars. If you think a lesser amount of water is ideal, please feel free to leave a comment and help improve this instructable.


Step 2: Now That Your Done...

In order for your cigars to humidify, and be kept for long periods from becoming stale and/or breaking, you MUST remove the plastic (cellophane) wrap before it can humidify.

Note: For proper humidification to happen, roll the cigars individually, gently in between your fingers, so that the tobacco can 'breathe'

Other than that note, remember to keep the humidor in a very warm place, keep the sponges moist, and let some fresh air in the humidor from time to time (once every 5-7 days, for 30 min every time)

I hope you enjoyed this instructable, please give positive criticism, and I will change this for the better :)

Happy smoking, Cheers!



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Hi, can i use a styrofoam box instead of a wooden box ? Secondly, can i mix different type of cigars into 1 box to be humidified ?

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Styrofoam should work if you also have a lid that fits snuggly on top. I just used wood for this instructable because of how traditional humidors are made. You could even use a plastic box, but the reason I went with wood was breathability. To answer your second question, I have placed different types of cigars together and didn't have any issues. However, certain aromas may cross over. As far as I know, if you just want a box to keep your cigars from getting dry then go ahead with your idea, just beware of mold. On the other hand, if you have many types of high quality cigars, I would recommend multiple, dedicated humidors, preferably from wood. Hope that helps, sorry for the delayed reply, if you have any more questions please continue to post them here and I will answer them as soon as I can.

How often do you have to add baking soda

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Well you only need to really do it once, just make sure you keep adding water because eventually it will all evaporate and the baking soda will crystallize onto the sponge. The baking soda is simply used to deter mould formation so you can change it out for some fresh baking soda once every 6 months or so.

yes the water would cool, the point is to increase humidity to moisturize you cigars sooner

hope that answers your question

One suggestion that I might add is to experiment with various alcohols (if you are "of age") I once used some peach brandy, used a plastic airtight container for the humidor... burp it every so often... they turned out tasting great! A little too moist... a little sticky... but super flavor!

do you have to use a wooden box? Or can it be like a plastic air tight container?

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You can use a plastic container (tupperware type thing).

Not to be nit-pickey but I just wanted to suggest that maybe you quantify the term "very warm". The accepted standard as I've always known it for storing and maintaining one's cigars is 70% RH (relative humidity), that is 70% humidity at 70 degrees F. In the case of relative humidity, it will correlate to the temperature so that a greatly higher or lower temp will also alter the humidty. (70% isn't set in stone though, experience will guide one to the humidity that maintains their preferred traits, typically it's between 65 - 75% though.)

I also wanted to offer some small suggestions that remain this side of economical. One, you can buy humidifying inserts for $1 - 2 at most tobacco shops that will last a couple months usually. They will perfectly maintain the humidity, absorbing in the presence of excess and releasing moisture when too dry. Also laquering the exterior (NEVER the interior) will contribute to the boxes humidity retention as well. A seal along the box's seem will go the furthest in retention though. The cheapest method may just be running a bead along the top and bottom of the box's seem with a hot glue gun such that the beads are in full contact when latched shut. Lastly most cigar purveyors usually sell there old boxes of varying size and material that their stock was shipped in. In my area a wooden one runs $5 and it's a perfect fit for your stash too of course. If you're lucky you can pick one of these up that is also lined in Spanish Cedar - your best option and will not necessitate the wax coating. It retains moisture well, repels insects, and imparts no "other flavors" to your cigars outside of the producer's intended.

Hope this was of some help to the readers here. I'm currently planning a coffee table / humidor that I won't soon outgrow and by adding some windows will display my collection, both for easy perusal and cool points :).

Very handy guide friend, thank you. Unless one just has the disposable income and is interested in cosmetics as well there's no reason one can't be constructed at home. With enough investment and desire and the right tools, a cosmetically pleasing one is easy enough to construct as well though.

Does the box have to be a latch closed type, or will any box do?

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Any box will work. Just remember that the box has to be as airtight as possible and you're golden.

Also people for this, dont be afraid of "gas station cigars" if you leave them inside a humidor for at least 6 months it will make a cheap "bad" cigar into a moderate decent cigar.

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Yuck i've never found a gas station cigar worth its weight most are paper wrapped somthing about paper just makes it a giant cigarette good cigars can be very cheap and leaf wrapped for these your humidor would work very well i like Hondurans and quiquis ring 50'2 are awsome if aged right if you find yourself one of theose home barometer kits you can install a temperature gauge and humidity gauge in the top of your box you can keep track of moisture content and temp people sell these at yard sales all the time mostly because they don't know how to read or use them

Great Ible i like the box design pretty nifty

you actually dont have to take the cigars out of the cellophane wrappers or tubes. simply either uncap the tube so as to let the moisture in or open the wrapper the insert something of similar size in the end that is open. say a ring. thins keeps the cigars "battle ready" if you travel with them in a breast pocet if you dont have a travel humidor. otherwise great instructable! I still have to make a humidor

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thank you for your input! I guess your right about the cellophane, however, the cigars I took out of the cellophane have gotten very, very moist and tasty, and its only been 1 month! How would you rate the difficulty based on the materials I used, and the Instructions I offered?

It gets a 5/5 for ease and convince. Only comment to make on that how much water to allow then wring out of the sponge, one mans damp is anothers drenched. And the cellophane trick is mostly for people who travel with them, but if you a finger sleeve then never mind; but for those of us who go to friends houses and such then keeping them there is safest instead of getting some of the wrapper flaked off.

Your right about the amount of water, I'll go edit that now.