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Stoner’s Ultimate Guide to Homemade Bongs & Pipes

There is nothing worse than trying to smoke but realizing you have nothing to smoke out of. Every stoner runs into this problem at least once in their lifetime.

There are several reasons for people to create a do it yourself smoking tool. You left your bowl at your friend’s house, whoever was supposed to bring the bowl or bong forgot it, or maybe you simply don’t own a smoking device because it’s too risky to keep around the house.

No matter the reason, there are plenty of household items that can help you get a quick and easy smoking experience with relatively little effort to create them.

Before you go scrounging for an object to smoke out of you need to make sure you have the essentials.

Precautions to Making Your Own Smoking Device at Home

Before we get into the list of these great household smoking items there are few precautions you should know.

Do Not Use Plastic as a Bowl Piece

Do not use a plastic bowl. Plastic melts when lit and can be very toxic if inhaled. In our list we may recommend using plastic to contain the smoke but all pieces that are being used have a metal or non-plastic bowl pack. DO NOT USE PLASTIC.

Be Careful Which Food You Use

We also mention a few food items that are great to use and very common in households. Rotten food is not recommended all of the food we are talking about is ripe. Rotten food turns to mush and can fall apart extremely easily. This can ruin any piece so use food that is hard or ripe.

Use Sturdy Metals and Materials

Flimsy materials are not recommended in general. Use sturdy materials to smoke out of so they do not fall apart and run the risk of having your hot herb spread a flame onto something else.

10 Homemade Bongs & Hand Pipes You Can Make With Household Items

Desperate times call for desperate measures. If you do not have a piece to smoke out of you will have to make due with what you have around you.

Making your own smoking device can be a fun and creative way to enjoy your herb smoking experience.

When it comes to making smoking devices from scratch, the two main types of items to make them out of are:

  • Food
  • Common Household Items

Both can be equally enjoyable and easy to make if done right.

With these household items, you can make some surprisingly cheap and high-quality bongs, bowls, and other smoking devices.

Let’s dive into our step by step guide to making your very own herb smoking devices from home!

1. Apple Bowls

The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. The tree can then be burned in the apple ;). Apples are great to turn into smoking devices because they taste great and are easy to cut into.

How to Make an Apple Bowl

I’d be lying if I told you that I didn’t almost fall in love with the first Stoner chick I saw make a bowl out of an apple in about 3 minutes back in my party days. I figured it would be cool to learn how to make one, and give me a reason to talk to here/smoke with her.

Step 1:

Find a ripe apple and stab a pencil size object through the top down to the middle but not all the way through. This hole is for the bowl pack.

Step 2:

Take that same pencil and poke a hole in the side of the apple that is perpendicular to the first hole you made. Do not poke this hole all the way through the apple either. These two hole should meet in the middle of the apple. This hole will act as the mouthpiece.

Step 3:

Blow through the holes to make sure they are intertwining as well as to clear any excess apple bits clogging the path up.

Step 4:

Make a third hole in another side of the apple that connects to both pathways. This hole will act like a rush to make sure it’s in a good spot that your finger can reach while you hit it.

Step 5:

Shave off the edge of the top hole to make it bowl-shaped and place your flower in the carved out area.

Step 6:

Light the herb and enjoy the fruity taste in every hit!

This is the easiest way to create a do it yourself smoking device. It can also be done with other fruits and vegetables that are sturdy like POTatoes, cucumbers, and even pomegranates.

2. Starburst Pipe

Although candy may not be great nutritionally speaking, it can be a great household object to turn into a high-quality handmade hand pipe. If you like sweets, then try out this amazing homemade herb pipe.

How to Make a Starburst Hand Pipe

Okay, so this is going to be messy and sticky. Honestly, whoever came up with this was already extremely stoned, or just down on their luck. Either way, you should be prepared for an absolute mess while making this homemade hand pipe. However, it is worth it when you hit something that tastes like a fruit salad.

Step 1:

Take a pack of Starburst and unwrap each individual starburst.

Step 2:

Stack all the Starburst together in the packet besides two.

Step 3:

Stab a skewer through the connected Starburst in order to keep them together. This also creates an air pathway. Stab it all the way through to the other side to create a rush hole at the end.

Step 4:

Stack the two leftover Starburst on top of the lined up Starburst. These will act as your bowl pack.

Step 5:

Poke a hole from the top two Starburst down to the hole originally made from the skewer.

Step 6:

Shape the bowl so it can hold the amount of herb you want to use in the top two Starburst.

Step 7:

The Starburst can also be mashed together and shaped as if it were clay. If you are having a tough time creating this form of the Starburst pipe than soften up the Starburst by heating them up in the microwave for a few seconds and shape them into a regular bowl.

This may be a bit messy and sticky, but in the end, it is a pretty creative and cool way to smoke.

3. Pumpkin Bong

Pumpkins may not be the most common household item but since fall is approaching they may be common to come across. Because of their various shapes and sizes when compared with other foods, pumpkins are great for making homemade smoking devices.

How to Make a Pumpkin Bong

The size and shape differences make each one completely unique, and you get the opportunity to make a bowl pack in them that is relative to their size for being able to include friends in your smoking experience, or packing extra amounts of herbs into your homemade bowl.

The pumpkin bong is the biggest household smoking item on the list.

Step 1:

Find a pumpkin and hollow it out. It does not need to be cleared out as it does for pumpkin carving but you should remove the skin from the walls where the mouthpiece and bowl will go.

Step 2:

Cut a small hole on one side of the pumpkin so a metal nut can be attached and used as the bowl piece. You can also simply carve out a bowl similar to the apple bowl if you do not have a metal nut.

Step 3:

Take a straw or another circular sturdy material and stab in into the pumpkin the side opposite of the bowl piece. This is your mouthpiece. Sockets also work great, as long as they have a wide enough top part to fill with herbs and a skinny enough bottom that will act as a screen so too much herb does not fall through while smoking.

Step 4:

Make a rush hole if needed.

Step 5:

Add water if you prefer. We recommend trying it without water first.

Step 6:

Light it up and enjoy a different kind of pumpkin spice!

4. Waterfall Bong

A waterfall bong is easy to make, and creates a cheap handmade bong that makes for an interesting smoking experience.

How to Make a Waterfall Bong from Home

In order to make this homemade bong, you will need:

  • Water bottle
  • Water
  • A socket

These are one of our favorites. They take minimal amounts of herb and produce one gigantic hit.

Step 1:

Burn the center of the bottle cap so the socket can be pushed through. A pencil or something sharp can be used to penetrate it first. Make the hole small enough so the nut is tight against the bottle cap.

Step 2:

Burn a small hole the size of a pencil an inch above the bottom of the bottle.

Step 3:

Pack the nut with herb.

Step 4:

Place your finger over the hole in the water bottle and fill it with water.

Step 5:

Place the cap back on the water bottle.

Step 6:

Light the herb in the cap while releasing your finger from the plugged hole letting the water flow out. The herb will not burn unless the water is released from the bottle. This creates a vacuum for the smoke.

Step 7:

Leave a little bit of water at the bottom of the bottle to make for a cleaner hit once the herb is burned and the bottle is filled with smoke.

Step 8:

Remove the cap and inhale all of the smoke in one hit.

Try to keep in mind that the plastic takes a while to heat up, but then will quickly burn into large holes. It may take a few tries so be prepared with extra water bottles and caps on deck.

Once you have made a few waterfall bongs from home, you will be a master of homemade smoking devices and will be able to whip these babies up in no time.

5. Gravity Bong

A Gravity Bong is very similar to a waterfall in the way it is made but it can be repacked easier. They are also sometimes referred to as G-bongs, mainly because people began making them out of Gatorade bottles. This makeshift handcrafted water pipe may not be pretty, but it gets the job done.

How to Make a Gravity Bong from Household Items

To get started, you will need:

  • Socket
  • Liquid Container (water bottle, milk jug, Hawaiian Punch)
  • Basin (water container)

The basin can be a variety of objects it just needs to be larger than the liquid container you are using. It can be a bowl, bottle, bucket etc…

Step 1:

Fill the basin with water.

Step 2:

Take your liquid container (water jug, etc…) and burn the center of the bottle cap and push the socket through tightly so it’s snugged to the cap, just as you did with the waterfall bong above.

Step 3:

Cut the bottom off of the container you are using.

Step 4:

Push the bottle into the water-filled basin until it is completely filled with water.

Step 5:

Fill the socket with herb and screw it on to the top of the bottomless bottle.

Step 6:

Light the herb-filled socket as you slowly pull the bottle up from the basin creating the vacuum effect we went over in the waterfall.

Step 7:

Do not take the bottle completely out of the water as the smoke will just release into the air. Once the water almost reaches the bottom of the bottle remove the cap and inhale while pushing the water bottle back down into the basin.

Pushing the water bottle back into the basin forces the smoke to come up through the bottle into your mouth.

This can be difficult and awkward at first but it very easy once you get the hang of it. It provides a big hit and can be refilled in a simple manner.

6. Soda Can Pipe

Don’t have much to work with for foods or plastic? Try this technique to make a super easy to make the homemade smoking device from a can.

How to Make a Bowl Out of a Soda Can

In order to make this bowl, you will need:

  • Soda can
  • Poker (pin, keys, knife, etc…)
Step 1:

Poke a hole in the side of a can towards the bottom.

Step 2:

Indent the can around the hole making a bowl pack for your herb.

Step 3:

Make a similar hole on the side of the can that will act as a mouthpiece.

Step 4:

Fill the indented area with nug.

Step 5:

Light the herb and inhale through the normal mouthpiece.

This is by far the simplest piece to make on the list. Everyone has cans laying around their house. If you are in a pinch this is a great way to smoke.

7. Pen One-Hitter

Go straight to the junk drawer if you are looking for something to smoke out of. This is best used with a metal pointed pen. Like we said earlier, it is not safe to smoke from plastic so make sure it is metal.

How to Make a One-Hitter Out of a Pen

This handcrafted one-hitter pipe is more like a chillum, but it definitely gets the job done. This is one of the easiest to make homemade smoking devices, and just about everyone has a spare metal pen lying around the house!

What you will need to get started:

  • Metal pointed pen
Step 1:

Take the pen completely apart so you are left with just a tube and the pointed metal piece at the bottom of the pen separate.

Step 2:

Place the pointed metal piece back in the pen but the reverse way so it is pointing towards the end making a cone bowl shape.

Step 3:

Fill the metal piece with herb.

Step 4:

Use the bottom of the pen as a mouthpiece

Step 5:

Light the herb and enjoy.

This is a great device for on the go smoking.

8. Toilet Paper Roll Steamroller

This is a great way to smoke using household items that just about anyone will have on hand.

How to Make a Homemade Pipe from a Toilet Paper Roll

What you will need to get started:

  • Empty toilet paper or paper towel roll
  • Tinfoil
Step 1:

Make a small bowl-shaped out tinfoil. Make it flat around the edges so the cardboard cannot get lit on fire while hitting it.

Step 2:

Make a hole on the side of the cardboard roll big enough to fit the tinfoil shaped bowl pack. Be sure to make it smaller than needed so you can always expand as needed. It is easy to shape the tinfoil to the hole as needed. Ideally, you want to make this hole more towards the top or bottom of the cardboard roll, and not in the middle, to allow for the most smoke to build up when smoking this homemade steamroller.

Step 3:

Place tinfoil bowl into the cardboard roll.

Step 4:

Place mouth over one end of the roll and hand on the other opening. You want to put your mouth on the end furthest from the tin foil bowl and your hand on the opposite end.

Step 5:

Inhale while lighting the bowl to fill the steamroller with smoke. Take your mouth off and take a deep breath real quickly while the homemade steamroller is filled with smoke.

Step 6:

Inhale the smoke that is now filling your homemade steamroller, and cough your brains out. Repeat if needed. But be careful, these ones can sneak up on you quickly ;).

9. Empty Cigarette

Although not everyone has access to cigarettes in their home they are commonly used as homemade smoking devices. If you have any of these laying around your house they are extremely simple to smoke out of.

How to Roll Up Your Own Cigarettes With Herb

What you will need to get started:

  • Cigarette
Step 1:

Empty your cigarette.

Step 2:

Fill it with herb. Add some of the herb you took out of the cigarette if you are feeling classy.

Step 3:

Smoke your homemade one-hitter and enjoy your experience.

10. Gallon Bong

This can be a great alternative if you do not want to make a gravity bong or waterfall with the gallon. You may have to chug a gallon of milk in order to free the gallon up but it will be well worth it. This is a huge handcrafted bong that is creative and easy to use.

How to Make a Homemade Bong from a One Gallon Jug

What you will need to get started:

  • Milk gallon
  • Socket
  • Water
Step 1:

Make a hole in the gallon’s cap for the socket to be inserted. This can be done the same way as above, by heating the cap with a lighter and then poking a small hole. From there, heat the hole a bit more, and shove the socket in til it fits snug.

Step 2:

Fill the socket with herb.

Step 3:

Add water if you prefer.

Step 4:

Light the herb and inhale through the mouthpiece of the gallon.

This can also be done with other containers, not just gallons, Pringles containers are known to work but water cannot be added to those. It is more about the shape of the container than the actual size.

Wrapping it Up – Making Your Own Smoking Devices with Household Items

Now it’s time to test out some of these ideas for yourself! Be ready for a bit of a mess and a bit of a struggle. In the end though, learning how to make bongs out of homemade items will come in super handy somewhere down the line.

Maybe some of these smoking devices aren’t for you, no worries. If you are smoking on a budget, but still want to smoke from a real piece, check out these comprehensive guides:

Feel free to leave us a comment and let us know how your homemade hand pipe experience went! Also, let us know if we missed something. We are always looking for cool new ways to make homemade bongs!

This guide explores 10 easy to make homemade smoking pipes. Some are made of food, others are made from common household items.

How to Make a Homemade Pipe in 10 Different Ways?

How to Make a Homemade Pipe in 10 Different Ways?

I am a little curious as to why you’re searching how to make a homemade pipe. But I won’t keep you long. Here are 10 very unique ways to quench your thirst for a good smoke, and also a few tips to make sure you have everything in place. Let’s start.

We have all come across situations that we had never imagined to be in. From the pandemic to a hiking trip where you forgot your lighter, every stressful situation has been the motivation for invention. Whether you tried the cavemen way to light up your joint or just discovered a last-minute fix, the man always finds something to makeshift while the original object of interest is missing.

Honestly, it is annoying to have this powerful craving to smoke, only to realize you don’t have the equipment. It might be rare, but it does happen once in a while, which is probably why you are here. Whether your friend who was supposed to get the bong, forgot or just didn’t turn up or it is too risky to keep the smoking instrument in your house, we got your back buddy!

Before we jump into the many wonderful ways to make a smoking pipe, here are some tips and tricks to get you through.

How to make a homemade pipe – Tips to follow

Keep clear off plastic bowls

I know that the desperate moment doesn’t really give you enough time to put your brain into action, but make sure you stay away from plastic bowls. The obvious reason is that plastic is not heat resistant and will melt when lit. And they’re pretty toxic too! You can use a plastic container to hold the smoke, but the bowl is always metal or non-plastic.

Food Items – Select them carefully

If you know a thing or two about handmade pipes, they are usually made from fruits and vegetables. I will be explaining how, but before you start, make sure the food item is not rotten, or wrinkled and clumsy. We want to have a sturdy and ripe body. Mushy food items will collapse and make this entire event unsuccessful.

Screening

Screening is important! It helps to keep the unwanted ash and gunk from entering your smoke and ruining your evening. Make sure you always use a screen with whatever you are smoking, whenever possible. Whether you use Metal screens, Glass or quartz screens or Brass screen; the choice is yours.

Now, are you ready to finally have an answer to how to make a homemade pipe? Brace yourself; we are going to be very innovative and peculiar.

How to make a homemade pipe?

1. Apple/Fruits/Vegetables

I am starting with apples because it is the easiest fruit to work with. Once you get the mechanism, you can use it on a banana, a bell pepper, cucumbers, potatoes, or even as tiny as a strawberry. Basically, the answer to how to make a homemade pipe starts with fruits and vegetables.

Apples are my go-to fruits because they taste great, they are easily available, and well, I kinda fell in love with it in my early days, and love lasts forever. wink wink

Start with a ripe apple, making sure it is strong enough to take the smoke and heat. Poke a pencil, from the top, where the stem is, all through the middle. Make sure you don’t ta ke it all the way through. This hole is used for our bowl.

Now, making use of the pencil again, or in fact, any poking device, make a hole perpendicular to the first one, such that they meet in the middle. The holes will make at ‘L’ inside the apple. How do you make sure they are interconnecting? You blow through one of the holes and ensure the other is well- connected. It also helps to clear the smoke path of any chunks and bits.

Now, time for another hole. This time on the other side of the apple, following the same process of meeting in the middle. This particular hole will act as a rush, so make sure it’s in a spot where your finger can reach while you hit it.

Take a knife or a blade to carve a bowl on the top of the apple, where we made our first hole. You have everything! A bowl, a mouthpiece, and a hole to manage your airflow. Make sure everything is clear before packing your bowl.

Pretty sure you never had fruit this way!

Light it up, and enjoy! Tasty, isn’t it?

You can use this same method on any other fruit, and it will work just as easily as this one. Enjoy the delicacy.

2. Pen Pipe or a One-hitter

You might not have any fruit in the house, but you can always buy a cheap pen. And that’s what makes this DIY so awesome. It is the easiest way to get on with your smoking plans without having to cut or crave anything.

Take a pen, making sure it has a metal cap at the nip and is easily disassembled. Remove the back part and the front nip, and take out the ink refill.

Once you have an empty tube, place the nib on the tip the opposite way that it would normally fit on the pen. It will make a perfect V.

Now fill it with cannabis, and light it up. Inhale from the backside of the pen, which is now your mouthpiece.

3. The SteamRoller

If you don’t know what a steam roller is, it is a glass pipe that has both ends open. So when you inhale the green stuff, you cover one side of it and you get amazing hits!

So, how to make a homemade pipe with minimal access to things?

You will need an empty toilet roll or a kitchen towel roll, anything that is cylindrical. Now make a hole with a pen or screwdriver about a quarter way from one end. This is where your bowl will be placed.

To make a bowl, use aluminium foil and mould it into a conical shape. Once done, use a safety pin to poke very tiny holes in the bowl. Now place your aluminium bowl in the hole that you had carved. To seal the holel, use sellotape or blue-tack.

Your smoking accessory is ready. Now pack your bowl with whatever you want to, and light it up. Cover the one end with your palm and take a hit from the other end. The wide area really gets the airflow going and makes an awesome hit!

I won’t say this is a very convenient or impressive method, but desperate times call for desperate measures. It’s quite simple to make a metal pipe.

Take a trip to the hardware store, a one which has a plumbing section. Pick up parts that can be put together and make a basic metal pipe. Make sure the airflow and bowl are maintained.

You can just play around with this method and bring a new innovative way to smoke. Either way, trust your gut.

I hear the word “candy” and my mouth starts watering. This method was taught to me by a friend who said – If anybody asks you how to make a homemade smoking pipe , tell them this one.

To start with, you’re going to need some soft candy that you can squish together. Starbursts are the general choice among DIY pipe connoisseurs, but if you can get your hands on some other soft candy, good for you!

But remember, you are going to taste some of the sweet, amazing smell and have a little bit of taste in your smoke. Like flavoured cannabis!

Unwrap lots of starbursts and push them together to make a rectangle. Once you have it as long as you would like your pipe to be, take some more candy, and stack it on one end of the rectangle. This will act as a bowl.

Now take a pen and poke it from the bowl part of the candy to the rectangle part, but stop halfway through it. Now carve a proper conical shaped bowl.

To make the mouthpiece, take a pencil and make a hole from the opposite end of the squished-together Starbursts. This hole is to meet the hole you’ve made for the bowl.

Pack your bowl with your favourite herbs and you’re ready! Toke it away!

6. Soda can pipe

You always have that one homie in your group that lives off these DIYs, and you have seen them smoke the clouds of vapour from a simple can. It’s not that hard and you get a good sturdy metal piece to smoke in! Win-win!

For this, you’re gonna need a can, of course, and a sharp object like a knife, keys, blades, etc.

Take the object and make a hole in the side of the can, near the end. This will serve as your bowl. Make sure the hole is not jagged and is cleanly cut.

Indent the can around the hole making a bowl pack for your herb.

For your mouthpiece, make another hole on the side of the can, making sure you don’t cut your mouth. It should be smooth.

Now fill the bowl with your favourite herb or tobacco, light it, and smoke. As easy as it can be!

7. Ice block pipe

This is a unique and not very common way of smoking a pipe, but since we are going all out in the DIYs, let’s have a look at this one too!

It’s simple and requires only a knife and of course, a block of ice. Find a container of pipe size, preferably rectangular and freeze a large block of ice.

Now carve a hole on the side which will act as a bowl. You can make that as small or as large as you like. For the mouthpiece and stem, carve another hole through the end.

Pack your green friend, light it, and inhale. It gives you a very smooth, cool hit, thought carving ice can be a bit of extreme sport.

Use a plant to smoke a plant! That’s my favourite way to address how to make a homemade pipe question. 😉

If you have access to a thin piece of bamboo, take 2 inches wide bamboo and cut it. Make sure that one end is covered with the wood membrane while the other end is cleanly cut off. Drill a hole on the membrane end of the bamboo stick and use the wood to make a bowl. Make a hole on the clean end, which will act as your mouthpiec

You have a mouthpiece and a bowl ready! Now all you have to do is smoke it away.

9. Baguette Pipe

Don’t think I am crazy. trust me, this has been done before.

Baguette is a very common bakery item, particularly made in France but you can get them in every bakery and cake shop. All you have to do is drill a hole on one point end which will be used as a mouthpiece. On the other end, drill a hole, a little smaller for the bowl. You may want to use a metal bowl or aluminium since you cannot pack the herbs directly in the baguette.

Light it up and toke like a French gangsta!

10. Pringles Pipe

The last on our list of “how to make a homemade pipe” is this very easy method.

You remember the steam roller pipe discussed on #3. This is pretty much the same, except you won’t have to cover one end with your palm. Since the material is stronger than the cardboard, you may also have to use a drilling machine or a sharp object to carve a perfect hole.

Now that you know how to make a homemade pipe, let’s hear in the comments which one was your favourite. And if you have any new ways, let us know.

Wondering how to make a homemade pipe? Here we discuss 10 unique ways of making a DIY smoking pipe with everyday objects like fruits, cans, pen, and so much more. Have a look.