How to build a Tupidor (Updated)

There is nothing more satisfying than a fully stocked humidor that exudes a beautiful cedar aroma whenever you open it up to fish out your next stick. There is nothing more frustrating than dealing with the constant ups and downs of humidity inside a humidor. Welcome the Tupidor!

Whether your new to Cigar Vida, the world of cigars or an aficionado you’ve likely seen a buddy or someone who kept cigars in a ziplock bag or tupperware. It’s a cheap and effective way of storing cigars. Some options are better served for short term storage, i.e. a ziplock bag will leak over time and others can go the stretch.

Step 1: Find a tupperware that’s airtight and seals well. I purchased a Lock & Lock tupperware on Amazon for 12 bucks. Issue with mine is it’s a bit small as I’m keeping the sticks in their box. So go a bit bigger if you’re going the same route.


Step 2: Acquire some Boveda packs – I recommend 65% or 69%. For longer storage it sounds like 65% is the way to go but I’m trying 69% for the foreseeable future.


Step 3: Gather your sticks

Step 4: Wash the tupperware out and dry (DRY IT COMPLETELY)

Step 5: Put your cigars inside their new home


Step 6: Put the Boveda packs in (the more packs the merrier – they’ll allegedly last longer since they won’t need to work as hard). I have 2, 60 gram and 1 small 69%.

Step 7: If you’re putting in loose cigars then I recommend putting in a few cedar sheets. Most boxes of cigars come with one or some of these.


Step 8: If you have an extra hygrometer then put it in there – since you’re using Boveda you don’t need it, but for the first few days it might be a wise spot check.

Step 9: Seal them up


Step 10: Cigars need fresh air periodically otherwise they’ll stew in gases causing mold or other potential issues. A humidor isn’t airtight so hypothetically you could close a humidor and walk away for a year or more with the right humidity controls. With a tupidor you’ll need to open it up. The frequency is a bit inconclusive to me right now. I’ve read you need to do it once a week and I’ve read only once a month. So…I took the guess work out and sent Boveda an email. I’ll update this posting with their recommendation. Another thing to note, the Boveda packs in a humidor don’t last long. Per Boveda’s videos on their site a Boveda pack can last up to a year in a tupidor. They claim they’ll last 6 months in their humidor bag so TBD – if they last a year I’ll be thrilled.

**In less than 24 hours Boveda responded**



Lock & Lock tupperware: $12.00

2, 60 Gram Boveda packs: $7.00 ($3.50 each)

Cigars: Up to you!

Hygrometer: Not necessary with Boveda

Total Expenses: $19.00 forum discussing the opening of tupidors


One thought on “How to build a Tupidor (Updated)

  1. This is exactly what I have. As aed student I didn’t have the funds to get a wooden humidor nor did I wanna spend and funds on one. I wanted to use my money on cigars. I used the same build except I’m using heartfelt beads in a black women’s nylon thingy. Works well and the hygrometer is showing excellent stability. Just found this website. I think I’ll stick around a bit.


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