Stoner’s Ultimate Guide to Homemade Bongs & Pipes

10 easy to make homemade smoking devices
September 19, 2018 By Stoner

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

homemade hand pipes apple bowl

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

homemade hand pipes 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:

Light it up!

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

homemade bongs from household items 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

homemade smoking devices 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.

TIPSUsually heating the cap up first and then poking a hole in it, heating it up more and then shoving the socket in the hole while the plastic is still hot makes for the most airtight fit for the best smoking experience. The more airtight, the better the vacuum effect, and the better hits you will be able to pull with this homemade waterfall bong. 

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

how to make a 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. 

NOTE: It is important to do this step after step 4! Otherwise, you will be disappointed when your herb is pushed out of your socket from the air pressure the water makes in the bottle as you fill it up with water. Yeah… we found this one out a few more times than we would like to admit…
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.

NOTE: Be careful to not inhale too hard as you get to the end of the hit because you can inhale water which makes for a very pleasant experience. Yes, we also found this one out the hard way…

6. Soda Can Pipe

how to make a 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.

NOTE: Be sure that this hole is not jagged around the edges if possible to make sure that you do not cut yourself.
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.

NOTE: Also make sure that this hole is not jagged around the edges so you do not cut yourself on your homemade can hand pipe.
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

how to make a hand pipe out of a pen

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

how to make homemade pipes from toilet paper rolls

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

guide to making homemade bowls and pipes

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

how to make a homemade bong from a gallon jug

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!

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