How to Repurpose an Antique Humidor

Reimagine your vintage humidor with these creative storage ideas.

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An antique humidor is a beautiful and functional item designed to keep cigars fresh and moist. But if you don’t smoke cigars or have an antique humidor you no longer use, you may be wondering what to do with it. Here are some creative and alternative uses for an antique humidor that will allow you to repurpose and enjoy a vintage cigar box.

1
Storage Box

This sleek wooden box can store various items—think outside the box. Use it to store small objects like jewelry, trinkets, or tools that should be kept safe and organized. Line the wooden shelves with felt to prevent tarnish if you use the cigar box as a small jewelry box.

2
Tea Caddy

For this idea, simply fill a clean humidor with your favorite tea blends. Next, arrange them neatly on the shelves or in the drawers. If storing loose-leaf tea, use small glass or ceramic containers. Be sure to label each container with the name of the tea blend. Fortunately, the humidor will not only keep your teas organized, but it will also protect them from light and air, helping to preserve their freshness and flavor.

3
First Aid Kit

Transform an unused cigar box into a first aid kit. Once the humidor has been thoroughly cleaned, this idea can be a stylish way to keep your medical supplies organized and within reach. Store bandages, pain relievers, and other essential items, and you could keep the kit in your home, car, or office.

4
Pen Holder or Desk Organizer

Do you need a clever way to keep all your desk essentials organized and within reach? A vintage humidor can make a stylish and unique pen holder. . You could use it on your desk, or you could use it as decoration in your office or study.

5
Planter

Repurpose these small rectangular boxes as a planter to add a touch of vintage charm to your garden or home. You could use it to grow small plants or herbs or fill it with succulents or other low-maintenance plants.

Using a liner is unnecessary if you repurpose a humidor into a planter. However, it may be helpful to prevent soil from spilling out and to protect the inside of the humidor. It is also important to ensure that the plants you choose are suitable for the size and conditions of the humidor.

6
Music Box

Add a touch of nostalgia or childlike innocence to your home with an upcycled music box. The first option is to store a speaker inside the humidor and cut holes in the wood for the sound to travel through.

The other option is to DIY an actual music box. To turn a humidor into a traditional music box, purchase a music box mechanism and install it inside the humidor. You may also need to drill a hole in the lid to allow the music to play.

7
Cocktail Bar

To create a subtle speakeasy in your home, take advantage of some Art Deco-inspired humidors for bar storage. These cigar boxes with advertising can be a great way to impress your guests at your next party or gathering. Prop the lid open and use them to store your favorite spirits and mixers on a bar cart.

8
Shadow Box

To repurpose a glass-top humidor as a shadow box, clean the inside thoroughly to remove any lingering cigar odor or residue. If desired, paint the inside of the humidor and allow the paint to dry completely.

Arrange your photos, souvenirs, or other items on a piece of foam board or cardboard cut to size. Use glue or double-sided tape to secure any sentimental items in place. Finally, place the foam board in the humidor, and enjoy your new shadow box display.

9
Display Case

Some cigar boxes have glass tops and can be used as a display case to showcase your favorite items and treasures. You could use it to display figurines, memorabilia, antique photos, crystals, or other collectibles you want to show off on a tabletop.

10
Recipe Box

Finally, an antique humidor can also be used as a recipe box. These boxes are the perfect size to keep your favorite recipes organized and easy to access. You can store your handwritten recipes, recipe cards, or printouts using index card tabs labeled by category.

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