Homemade cigarette rolling machines

Updated April 17, 2017

Before the invention of a mechanical cigarette roller or manufactured cigarettes, smokers were left with the only option of rolling a cigarette by hand. Today there are many ways of obtaining a cigarette. You can purchase a manufactured cigarette specially packaged in a box of 20 from a store, or you can roll your own with the help of one of many little devices. These devices can be purchased or made from three simple objects found around the home.

Cut out a 2-by-3 inch piece of card stock paper.

Apply a line of glue down the length of a pencil.

Attach the three-inch side of the paper to the pencil. Press firmly, and smooth it with your finger.

Wrap the paper around the pencil, and glue it in place. Wait for the glue to dry.

Place the pencil on a flat surface with the pencil on top of the paper. The pencil should be in front of you, and the paper should be stretched out in front of it.

Place a line of tobacco along the edge of the pencil on the paper. Push the tobacco next to the pencil.

Pick up the pencil and place it on the other side of the tobacco. The tobacco should be in front of you and the pencil should be in front of it.

Pick up the roller and place your two thumbs on top of the pencil. Your two pointer and middle fingers should be placed below the pencil.

Push the pencil away from you, which will cause it to roll the paper and the tobacco. Stop rolling when you get to the edge of the paper.

Hold the roller with one hand and place the cigarette paper between the pencil and the paper of the roller. Place the sticky side of the cigarette paper out and up. This should be the last part of the paper that goes inside the roller.

Roll the pencil until the paper has wrapped around the tobacco and sealed shut. Open the roller, and remove the cigarette.

Things You'll Need

  • Paper
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Glue
  • Tobacco
  • Cigarette paper
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Meg Warren began writing how-to articles professionally in 2009. Born and raised in St. Louis, Miss., Warren has always been a creative person through art, writing and music. She is currently pursuing an associate degree at Patricia Stevens College for interior design.