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Making Your Own Homemade Bongs
Make sure you learn the best techniques to save you in your time of greatest need. You never know when you might need a backup bong. Luckily, it’s easier to make than you think!
You never know when there might come a time where all you have is your bud and nothing to smoke out of. These are hard times for every stoner. It’s always handy to know what other options you might find around the house.
Let’s first make it clear that the following methods should only be used as last resorts. If you can go out and buy yourself a glass piece, do that. These aren’t materials traditionally used to smoke weed. A proper bong or pipe will always do your bud more justice. The flavour, the burn, and the smoothness will all be better from an object specially made with these factors in mind.
Nonetheless, the factors mentioned don’t include “high.” That’s because, technically, you’ll be consuming the same amount of THC if you’re using the same quantity of the same marijuana flower. Even if not the most pleasant, these stoner MacGyver techniques will surely be effective. Just use them wisely.
FRUIT AND VEGETABLES
We had to start with a method that has been, and still is, super popular. Now making a comeback on social media is smoking out of foodstuffs – the same method your grandpa used during his stoner days.
The easiest fruit to morph into a pipe is the apple. This sturdy yet soft treat will allow you to carve out a pipe system without much effort. Use an empty pen tube or a small knife to carve out the central stem, but not all the way down. Try not to go over three-quarters of the way through. With this hollowed out, do the same thing but perpendicular to your first carve. These two empty tubes should meet at the end.
This is how most people smoke out of fruit. You can always change things up to make them more pleasant to smoke. If you have a bowl, place it on the top of the apple. Or, you could use the tip of a pen or any other material (that doesn’t melt or release harmful fumes) as a bowl.
You can customise things further by changing the type and quantity of fruit. Essentially, anything will work as long as you can build an airflow system like with the apple. You can even stack vegetables and fruit together to build a larger and tastier bong. You might even be able to add water if you use a pineapple, for example. Or, try doing it with a coconut and use its natural water! For this, you would stick a hollow tube through the side, carve out the top and pull from there. Surely sounds delicious.
The options are endless, try out some and choose your favourites.
DON’T FORGET YOUR PIPE SCREEN
Whether you make your pipe from a soda can or piece of fruit, you’ll want a pipe screen to use with it. If you smoke your weed without a screen, it could be quite an unpleasant experience. A screen keeps the loose bits in your pipe instead of in your mouth, so you can enjoy hitting your bong much more!
So, what pipe screen should you use with your homemade bong? And further, what do you do if there are no screens around?
DIFFERENT TYPES OF PIPE SCREENS
• Brass screens
Brass screens are perhaps the most common, featuring in tobacco pipes and many glass and ceramic bongs. You can get them at just about any tobacco store or headshop for little money. These circle-shaped cut-outs are made from brass mesh, with each screen about the size of a small coin. Brass has the advantage that you can bend it easily; this way, you can fit these screens easily into various bowl sizes. If you happen to have brass screens that are a tiny bit too large for your bowl, you can easily cut them to size.
What is their disadvantage? Well, brass screens are not as sturdy as screens made from steel, for example. Although brass screens won’t melt, if you hit your pipe often, they will get weaker over time and break at some point.
• Stainless steel screens
Steel screens are often used in silicone bongs and acrylic bongs, although the latter can easily be scratched with these screens. They work just like brass screens, and there is no difference in taste. In fact, aside from their colour, the main difference between these two materials is that steel is more durable.
Because steel screens are not as malleable as brass, fitting them into odd-shaped bowls can be a little more finicky.
• Glass or quartz screens
Glass pipe screens are normally made from a special, heavy-duty type of glass called borosilicate. This heat-resistant type of glass won’t crack from changes in temperature, and won’t shatter as easily as regular glassware. Obviously, screens made from glass are not flexible, so you can’t cut them to size. As such, you need to make sure you get the right size for your bowl. As glass doesn’t wear out, these screens can, in principle, last forever; that is, if you don’t break or lose them.
You can also get pipe screens made from quartz, which are even more heat-resistant than glass. Replaceable glass or quartz screens aren’t as common as the aforementioned options, with most high-quality glass bongs incorporating borosilicate or quartz screens right into their design. These often feature decoratively placed holes instead of the ultra-fine mesh of brass or steel.
WHICH PIPE SCREEN IS BEST?
There is really no “best” type of screen—what’s most important is that it fits snugly into your bowl. You know your screen fits if it doesn’t pop out after pressing it down into your bowl. The rest, whether you prefer steel, brass, or glass screens, is up to you.
WHAT IF YOU DON’T HAVE A SCREEN?
Since this article is about making a homemade bong, chances are you don’t have any actual pipe screens around. In this case, you can make some DIY pipe screens for single-time use. Here are your options:
A tried and true method is to take a piece of aluminium foil and poke some holes into it with a toothpick. Form the foil into a suitable-sized screen, and place it into the bowl just like you would an ordinary screen. No worries, the aluminium foil won’t melt when you’re smoking. That said, such a DIY screen may only last one or two sessions before losing its integrity.
You can also make a screen from a paperclip or a similar piece of stiff wire. Bend the wire into a spiral and position it snugly in the bowl. This can work as a halfway-decent screen that keeps larger chunks of ash and weed in your pipe.
If you’re really in a pinch, you can pack your bowl so you don’t need a screen at all. Pack your bowl with the larger weed bits at the bottom—large enough to cover the hole and not immediately get sucked in. Layer the finer particles of weed on top to increase surface area for an ideal smoke. No guarantees with this method, but when all else fails, you might as well optimise the experience as best you can.
It’s 3am and you finally finished that paper. There’s not a place open and you still want that smoke before bed. We have the solution for you!
The 15 Best Homemade Bongs: Getting Your Smoke On With Style
A serious need, a dash of ingenuity, and a sprinkle of creativity can produce some seriously cool things. Forget about the iPhone and virtual reality and indoor plumbing, we’re more concerned with how to get baked when the need arises.
Indeed, jonesing for some weed can be a powerful motivator. Don’t believe us? Check out 15 of the best homemade bongs (in no particular order).
The Best Homemade Bongs
MacGyver’s got nothing on these inspired stoners! They took what they had on hand and made something great, something wonderful even. And for that, we tip our rasta caps in their general direction.
Their names may be lost to the haze of time, but these original ganja-preneurs will always hold a special place in our hearts. To paraphrase a classic AC/DC diddy, “For those about to toke, we salute you.”
1) Fruit Has Never Been More Fun
In a pinch, all you really need is an apple to make a pretty useful bong. Of course, you’re going to have to hollow out the fruit first to provide a path for the smoke to travel.
But once you conquer this engineering hurdle, you’ve got a fun and festive (not to mention disposable) bong that can be the life of the party. Add some other fruits like pineapple and watermelon and you’ve got a truly unique bong that everyone will appreciate.
2) Winter Bongs Are Everywhere
Even trapped in the wilderness on a snowy night with nothing but the clothes on their backs, a bag of ganja, a lighter, and a camera (how else would they take the picture?), these intrepid potheads found a way to get baked. The cleverness of this bong is twofold:
- The water is built into the bong.
- Like the fruit bong above, the snow bong can be easily disposed of when you’re through (if you can peel yourself off the ground, that is).
I doubt the sculptors were thinking about that when they put this thing together—they just wanted to get high—but the use of natural material and finding a way to make it work is truly inspired. If you’re wondering how they hollowed it out, just watch this short video .
3) Bongs Grow Wild
There’s nothing better than making due with what you’ve got on hand. And if you’re fortunate enough to live in a place where bamboo grows wild, you’ve literally got thousands of bongs just waiting to be harvested.
All you need is a saw, a drill (hell, you could probably do it all with a pocket knife in a pinch), a bowl, and a stem and you’ve got yourself a truly righteous, 100-percent natural bong that gets the job done and looks good doing it (just like me).
Check out this video for more information and instructions for making a bamboo bong.
4) Brick Bong
Plastic building blocks (we can’t use the trade name of these bricks but you’ll recognize them from the picture) can be used to make pretty much anything . It was inevitable, then, that some cannabis enthusiast would come up with a way to combine weed and everyone’s favorite toy into a really cool bong.
What’s that saying about give a monkey enough time and it will type Shakespeare? I think this applies.
Seriously though, some of the features the builder thought to include are pretty interesting: windows on the back so you can see inside and a hole toward the bottom of the stack that acts as a carburetor. Brilliant!
5) Get Zapped
Those of us of a certain age remember this video game blaster (and the giggling dog that went with it) with a fondness and nostalgia that exceeds most other things. So learning that we can make a bong from this video game controller, makes our lives complete.
It’s really quite simple and all the instructions can be found here . Now you can relive your childhood memories and make some new ones all at the same time. Now you’ll be doing the giggling instead of that annoying dog. That’s pretty nifty, don’t ya think?
6) Bong To Travel
Like MacGyver of yore who could make a bomb out of some tin foil and a stick of gum, this motivated smoker made a unique bong out of a breath-mint container and what looks to be a piece of coaxial cable (it’s not).
What’s cool about this tiny bong is that it can be disassembled, packed, and carried wherever without raising any eyebrows. It just looks like a random assortment of odd objects, not the pieces of a brilliant marijuana delivery system.
As with all plastics and some metals, remember that when they burn, they can give off some harmful vapors. Make sure that the plastic doesn’t melt and the metal isn’t toxic when heated.
7) Chewy Candy Bong
Though it’s more pipe than bong, we had to include this candy bong for sheer inventiveness. Just poke the appropriate holes in a number of chewy candies, load the bowl, and light away. As you’d probably expect, the smoke from this little doodad is a burst of fruit flavors and can make for a memorable toking experience.
And if you want to go all in on the cannabis experience, why not build your bong out of weed candy ? It probably won’t affect the experience too much, but just the idea of smoking bud from a bong made of our two favorite things — cannabis and candy — is enough to make us giddy with anticipation.
Just be aware that repeated heat applied to these gummy squares is eventually going to result in one crazy mess. So smoke fast and dispose of properly so it doesn’t get caught in the carpet or someone’s hair.
Peanut butter might help with gum (and be great for the munchies), but something as sticky as these candies is going to take something much stronger than peanuts and oil.
8) Mannequin Bong
For uniqueness, this bong takes the prize. It’s so cool it could be a piece of art. The mouthpiece is (you guessed it) the mannequin’s mouth so it looks like you’re making out when you’re actually inhaling the smoke.
Seems to us that this would be ideal for teenage boy who likes to smoke weed and practice kissing at the same time. You don’t need a mirror anymore, big guy.
There aren’t any instructions for this particular model so you’ll have to figure it out yourself. But honestly, coming up with new and innovative ways to get the smoke from bowl to lungs is half the fun of the MJ experience.
Some may wonder about the plastics giving off harmful vapors but the builder assures us that the smoke has cooled by the time it hits plastic parts.
9) Two Birds, One Bong
Relax. No birds were harmed in the making of this bong. The subheading was actually referring to the old saying, “We can kill two birds with one stone” (again, no feathered friends were injured) where one bird is the munchies and the other bird is smoking weed.
We know: when you have to explain the joke, it loses some of its caché. Let’s get back to the bong.
Just polish of a can of these tasty potato crisps, punch a hole in the side of the canister, and you’re ready to rock. We’ve never tried this particular model of bong so we can’t attest to the flavor it creates, but we imagine that pretty much everything would be improved by the addition of a little salt and vinegar flavoring.
10) Honey Bear Bong
No list would be complete without some form of the homemade honey bear bong. Astute movie watchers will remember Brad Pitt’s character Floyd taking hits from a similar contraption in the 1993 movie True Romance .
The honey bear makes for a quick and easy fix when you’re bongless and need to smoke a bit of ganja to make the day go well. The small opening at the top (or even the pour spout) makes for easy inhalation and the plastic body is easy to puncture for whatever size stem you have. Plus, the residual honey flavor inside makes a nice addition to even the most potent strain of weed .
11) A Helmet To Get High With
Getting high goes to new heights when you smoke your marijuana through an aviator’s flight mask. Add in the helmet and you’re in for one heck of a good time. Plus, when you’re so high you fall off the world, you won’t hurt your head when you come back down.
Just cut the end off the hose and insert some brass piping and a bowl to make a place to light your luigi. While this particular bong looks badass in a very Top Gun-ish way, users attest to the fact that, “ It really accomplishes nothing except making your eyes extra red from irritation and doubling how much you reek of weed. You don’t get extra high from it, and it’s not too good for you to keep re-breathing your exhaled smoke.”
Check this one off your bucket list and then go back to something a little less dramatic.
12) Gassed Mask
This one makes for a great party experience and, like the flight mask bong above, is certainly worth doing at least once just to say you have. Few people have a gas mask lying around so building this bong may take a fair amount of searching and a bit of work.
That said, the effort would certainly be worth it just for the pictures you could take. You probably wouldn’t want to make this your regular rig , but breaking it out now and again to impress your friends is well worth the space it takes to store.
13) Baked Potato Has A Whole New Meaning
This homemade bong is pretty creative in a novelty sort of way and would certainly get the job done if no other option were available. You’d need to seal the holes with superglue so the smoke and water don’t leak out, but after that, the potato shape makes for a nice container.
If you’re absconding with the potato head from a child’s toy box, just make sure you replace it with something equally as cool or Karma will surely come back around and slap you in the face.
14) Super Smoker
Yeah, it’s an obvious pun, but the use of this “found” object makes it a fine addition to our list of homemade bongs. We haven’t seen one of these in action, but it seems like it would make even the slowest evening something to remember.
The shape of the super smoker is even somewhat bong shaped, so you don’t have to do a lot of modification to get it to work. Just pack a bowl, light up, and soak on.
15) Gourds & Ganja Go Together
As you’ve seen from this list, really any closed container with two holes can be used as a bong in a pinch. That’s the general idea behind the pumpkin bong. It’s just a chamber with a mouthpiece and a bowl on either side.
One thing that makes the pumpkin preferable over other fruits and vegetables is that its insides are relatively loosely packed. There’s not a ton of work involved in removing the seeds, and all you’ll really need is a knife and a big spoon.
Interested in making your own pumpkin bong? Here’s a super simple way to make this ganja gourd.
- Find a small pumpkin. We recommend one you can hold in the palm of your hand without too much problem.
- Cut a hole around the stem and remove the “plug.” Keep this piece as you’re going to need it again at the end.
- Scoop out the seeds. We suggest salting and baking those bad boys for a tasty after-toke munchie treat.
- Poke a hole in the side of the pumpkin and push your stem through.
- On the opposite side (and maybe a little further up toward where the stem would be), insert something to use as a mouthpiece.
- Replace the top. A great way to keep it from coming loose is to shove toothpicks diagonally through the cap into the pumpkin itself.
- Get lit!
Autumn will never be the same again.
Make Your Own Homemade Bong
There’s nothing quite like pulling a beer bottle from the garbage (your own garbage, please), drilling a hole in the side, inserting your stem and bowl, and hitting for the fences. It’s profoundly liberating and hearkens back to the days when you built forts out of blankets and pillows.
So exercise your inner child! Get crazy and make a homemade bong out of whatever you have around you. Maybe next time, yours will be on this list too.
Want to make your own homemade bong? The cannabis experts at Honest Marijuana provide plenty of inspiration with their list of the 15 best homemade bongs.
Making Your Own Homemade Bongs Make sure you learn the best techniques to save you in your time of greatest need. You never know when you might need a