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7 DIY Tips for How to Make a Homemade Pipe or Bong

December 2, 2016
If you’re a frequent cannabis consumer, odds are you’ve found yourself fiending for some flower but sans a smoking device. Cue the homemade pipes or bongs.

The most famous of this breed include the apple pipe and water bottle gravity bong, but the scope of what’s possible is limited only by imagination – and luckily, cannabis consumers are creative folks. Some devices are artistic masterworks and can rival marijuana pipes on the market, while others barely get the job done, but in the sage words of one Leafly follower on Facebook, “If it works, it ain’t stupid.”


How to Make a Homemade Apple Pipe for Your Cannabis

Below, we’ve gathered a few tips and hacks from the Leafly community – let them guide you in your homemade smoking device endeavors.

homemade bell pepper smoking pipe

  1. Sturdy produce and plastic containers are good bets. Hall-of-famers include apples, carrots, bell peppers, and water bottles. They work well because they hold their shape during the construction and consumption processes; carrots, for example, are sturdy enough to carve a bowl into to create a steamroller. And a bonus of an apple pipe is that you can eat the outside of the apple afterward to cure cottonmouth. 
  1. Gather as many supplies as possible. Constructing a homemade smoking device can take a few tries (particularly if you’ve already indulged). Lacking inspiration? Get seasonal! Think pumpkin bongs in the fall, watermelon bongs in the summer – the sky’s the limit.
  1. Certain materials are always handy. A pen with the ink removed is great for making holes in fruit pieces and/or to use as a downstem. Aluminum foil is convenient for connecting disparate elements of your homemade device; just don’t use it as the bowl piece, since heat from your lighter can cause oxidation and the release of harmful chemicals. Toothpicks can create a makeshift screen on a fruit pipe.
  1. Steer clear of juicy or mushy produce. What bananas, oranges and the like offer in flavor, they lack in cleanliness, particularly if you’re passing the piece around a smoke circle. Keep in mind how things like bananas will react to the heat from your lighter, too (spoiler alert: they’re gonna get brown). That said, small fruits such as strawberries work well as bowl pieces or as personal one-hitters.

making your own homemade bongs or pipes

  1. If you’re going to cheat, use a pre-fabricated bowl. This piece is the handiest if you’re going to include a pre-made element in your smoking device. When inserting a bowl piece (pre-fabricated or not) into a plastic bottle, melt the bottle with your lighter before poking the hole – this can help create an airtight seal with the downstem.
  1. Things might get messy. If you’re in a real pinch, gum (with all the sugar chewed out of it) can be a godsend. Sticky peanut butter can also work as a temporary seal in pieces that aren’t airtight; same goes for soft, sticky candy, like Airheads or Starbursts. Steer clear of using unnatural adhesives like tape near the bowl piece; some varieties can release chemicals when heated.
  1. Don’t forget the air filter. Wrap a dryer sheet over the end of a toilet paper tube and secure with a rubber band, then exhale smoke through it to mask any odors and keep your sesh discreet.

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  • Sitkajo

    I used clay to fashion a nice little pipe. Then I baked it in my oven for about 4 hrs. It dried really hard so it works well. The only draw back is that dried clay (as compared to ceramics) is very fragile and easy to break if you drop it. I would need a real potters kiln to make it truely ceramic glass. But dried clay is actually the traditional method of making smoking pipes. For example the irish pub pipe was simply dried clay. Archeologists find many thousnads of these in Ireland at locations where people gathered at pubs etc. Also another example is the native American peace pipe. So clay pipes are an ancient method and sort of fun to make as well.

    • skin2win

      Where do you live? Contact a clay sales in your area. They will let you throw something small in their next bake!

  • Brandon

    When you’re in a pinch and have so me bottles and other things laying around.

  • Byrond2

    Keep in mind that plastic can be very toxic when heated. There’s a French scientific article that shows a homemade plastic device that apparently caused lung hemorrhage and death in the user
    I made a little wooden pipe some years ago that worked well enough. It basically just drilled a large bowl hole in one end of narrow rectangular section of natural wood, then drilled into the base of the bowl at a 90 degree angle from the far side (the stem). You can narrow the stem by whittling it, and round the bowl end with a file or sandpaper. Took maybe thirty minutes to make and cost nothing.

  • Byrond2

    Also, after a whole cannabis plant is dried, the stalk will he hollow, so I imagine that you could use that as a bowl or something akin to a pipe or blunt.

  • FlunkedAgain

    LOL!! Buy a glass pipe at the local convenience store, and get some screens while you’re at it.

    DO NOT melt plastic with a cigarette lighter.