Do you have ample amounts of cigar bands lying around your house? They’re just too cool to trash but you’re starting to feel like Hoarders should feature you for a special “avid cigar smoker” episode. Well worry no more, for we at CheapHumidors.com are here to boost your creativity and inspire you to create some awesome DIY projects utilizing those extra cigar bands you have lying around the house.
We like to think we’re creative geniuses, so after explaining to Ted what decoupage and Mod Podge are, we each took on a different project and got to work (while eating pizza of course). There is a plethora of creative uses for cigar bands, but we decided to feature 5 of them for our blog series. From side tables to jewelry, there’s a DIY cigar band project out there for you.
1. Cigar Banded Humidors
Starting off we decided to tackle our cigar boxes and humidors. By using Mod Podge you can apply your cigar bands to whatever your heart desires. We chose to only apply the cigar bands to the top of our boxes and humidors, that way you get the unique creative look without losing the original look of your box or humidor.
2. Decorative Letter
We then moved on to our decorative letters. Using the same approach, we placed the cigar bands in no particular order to create a random pattern. These came out looking pretty cool with not one being the same as the last. Feel free to use one letter or multiple letters to spell out a message. The world is your oyster! This is a great DIY project if you’re looking to use up a ton of cigar bands.
3. Cigar Band Table Top
Next we got into the more difficult DIY projects. We decided to decoupage a table top. When doing this you want to follow some sort of pattern, that is, if you’re looking for a neat end result. Now if you don’t care, then go at it however you desire! Once it’s all done and dried you can put a glass top on your table or hit it with a sealant, that way your new table is protected from the elements.
4. Cigar Band Ashtrays
5. Cigar Band Jewelry
Last but not least we tackled the hardest cigar band project, which is making cigar band jewelry. Jewelry is the hardest because you are working on a much smaller scale than the previous projects. Not to say cigar band jewelry is impossible but you will need a good amount of patience for this. Pick your favorite cigar band (or bands) that you would want as a necklace, bracelet, or earrings and have at it! Okay, there’s obviously more steps involved, but stay tuned for a post on this project that will help you create cigar band jewelry.
Don’t let this list fool you, because there are countless creative uses for cigar bands, and cigar boxes too! Smokinghotcigarchick.com and Doc Diaz from Stogie Fresh have some additional ways to use your cigar bands. Remember the world is your oyster and whatever you want to design or make is totally up to you. We are just here to lend a helping hand of inspiration. So let your creativity flow and let the crafting begin!
Image via Menscigars.comTop 5 Creative Uses for Cigar Bands by Stephanie Bolen