How to Make a Weed Pipe: DIY & Homemade Pipes

Many, if not most, weed lovers have been here before: they have the flower but no way to smoke it. In the golden age of weed accessories, these moments are becoming increasingly rare; Still, seasoned cannabis enthusiasts should have an easy fix when they run into trouble.

Knowing how to make a weed pipe can not only be useful, these DIY projects can also be a lot of fun. If you want to try your hand at making a weed pipe or bong, here are a few tips along with ten of the most common options.

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Tips for making homemade pipes and bongs

Before you tap into your inner Martha or MacGyver, remember that you will be using your homemade pipe to inhale smoke, which means you should be mindful of the materials used.

You may want to avoid anything that might introduce chemicals or contaminants into your smoking experience. If you must use non-ideal materials, remember that these pipes and bongs are not intended to be permanent or permanent solutions. In other words, use them sparingly. Do not use plastic for bowls or other components that will be exposed to flame as it melts and is toxic.

For our all-natural options, including fruits and vegetables, use the freshest produce for the best possible textural integrity. Old and/or soft foods may not work the way you need them to.

10 DIY weed pipes and bongs to try at home

There are many options for pipes or bongs with canisters, from tic-tac boxes to Pringle’s cans to McDonald’s meals. We’ve rounded up ten of the easiest options to construct, keeping materials and construction as simple as possible. And check out a few other interesting ways to smoke bud with household items.

apple bong

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There are few DIY pipes as classic as the apple pipe – sometimes referred to as an apple bong. Natural and inexpensive, the Apple Pipe is a great DIY option as chances are you have an apple laying around.

  1. Remove the apple stem and poke a few holes in the top of the apple
  2. Poke a hole straight through the side leaving a hole for your mouthpiece and a hole for the carburetor
  3. Check the airflow, adjust as needed, pack your head and you’re good to smoke

Full instructions can be found here.

Watermelon Bong

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The watermelon bong is a playful and tasty evolution of the apple pipe. It’s a bit more complicated, requiring a carrot in addition to the watermelon, but the extra effort is rewarded with a smooth and downright delicious smoke.

  1. Make three holes in your melon: one for the mouthpiece, one to insert the carrot skin, and another for the carburetor
  2. Carve a bowl into the top of the carrot, then use a drill or long-necked screwdriver to make a tunnel running from the top to the bottom of the carrot to allow for air circulation

Tip: Keep some crushed melon in the body to act as bong water.

Full instructions can be found here.

pumpkin bong

If the watermelon bong is the summer solution for consumers in need, then we can turn to our friends in the pumpkin family for a fall solution. The pumpkin bong is quite similar in construction to the watermelon bong, but requires a little more work clearing out the seeds.

It’s easiest to use glass manifolds and bowls, but if you don’t have them on hand, you can use two carrots in their place, à la watermelon bong. You can also carve a skin into the pumpkin itself, but it takes a little more finesse.

Full instructions can be found here.

banana pipe

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This pipe is banana and is very easy to make. Remember that a green banana offers the most stability.

  1. Slice off the bottom 1.5 to 2 inches of the banana to make your bowl
  2. Cut off the black flower tip and hollow out the whole bowl
  3. Using a chopstick or straw, insert your tool into the center flesh of the banana, starting where you cut off the bottom and stopping about halfway through the mark to create a hollow cavity
  4. Slice into the skin of the banana to make a connection just above the end of the chamber. Slowly increase the size of this hole in the skin to accommodate your bowl; it should be a comfortable fit

Full instructions can be found here.

spring whistle

This option is quick and easy to put together, but depends on the right kind of pen. The pen whistle requires a pen with a removable metal screw cap that serves as a head.

  1. Remove the top and bottom of the pen and empty the pen’s ink chamber, leaving a hollow plastic tube
  2. Insert the metal tip back into the tip of the pen upside down and fill it with flower so you have a one-hitter ready to go

Full instructions can be found here.

Soda can whistle

The soda can whistle is another classic DIY option, thanks largely to the ubiquity of the soda can and its simple construction.

  1. Remove the tab from a clean can and use your thumb to press a bowl into the center of the can
  2. Use a needle to poke holes in the bottom of the bowl
  3. Punch a pothole in the side and you’re done

Be aware that many cans have chemical coatings on the inside or graphics printed on the outside that can be toxic if burned or inhaled, making them a good one-time use option for just when you’re really in a bind .

Full instructions can be found here.

gravity bong

gravity bong
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gravity bong

The Gravity Bong, also known as Grav, GB or Geeb, is a DIY bong made from water bottles. Gravity bongs can be made in a variety of styles, most notably bucket bongs and waterfall bongs, but both rely on the power of gravity and water to create suction and draw smoke into the bong’s chamber. If you’ve never tried Geeb, it can be a fun and novel way to smoke.

For the bucket bong, you will need at least a plastic water bottle, a jug (or other larger container for water), sharp scissors and/or a drill, and aluminum foil.

The waterfall bong needs even less: a water bottle, sharp scissors, a needle and foil.

Full instructions can be found here.

water bottle bong

If you want to make a smokable device out of a water bottle, but want a more classic bong-style experience, the water bottle bong is your best bet. You’ll need a water bottle, sharp scissors (or box cutter), and either an actual downtube or a makeshift downtube—think a thick marker or hollowed-out highlighter—plus a push pin and some foil for the bowl.

Again, repeated smoking from a plastic bottle isn’t ideal from both an experience and a health perspective, so ditch the water bottle bong when you’re done and head to your local pharmacy for the right supplies.

Full instructions can be found here.

steamroller tube

When smoking weed is associated with a toilet paper roll, many will think of the sploof: a toilet paper roll filter that has been used for decades to reduce the smell of cannabis smoke. But leave it to creative cannabis smokers to find a way to smoke from a toilet paper roll as well.

Enter the toilet paper roll steamer: a super simple solution that requires nothing more than a roller, a sharp tool, and foil.

Not to be confused with their glass pipe counterparts, the toilet paper roll steamer is made by simply forming a bowl out of foil, making a hole near the bottom of the roll, then securing the bowl in the hole and filling it with weed. When you’re ready to light it, cover the bottom hole of the roll with your hand while covering the top with your mouth.

Full instructions can be found here.

ice pipe

You can actually only smoke weed with a frozen block of ice. The only major downside for this pipe is finding the right shape and the time it takes to freeze the water. But if you can be creative and patient, you might be rewarded with some really chilled hits. Alternatively, you can buy pre-made molds for just this purpose.

  1. Fill a rectangular or cylindrical object with water and freeze it
  2. On one end, carve a bowl and an air chamber that runs the length of the body and ends just below the bowl
  3. Fill the bowl and light to enjoy smooth and cool hits

Other ways to smoke weed with household items

Aside from these ten classic DIY whistles, people have also reported making a whistle out of starburst candies, pieces of bamboo, and even Lego.

You can also use a rose petal or other edible plant leaf to roll a makeshift joint – just make sure the plant is safe to consume.

bottom line

Between a nug and a hard place, cannabis lovers have found some pretty creative approaches to making their own pipes and bongs. Next time you don’t have a chance to smoke, consider one of these weed lover-approved approaches, and be aware of the materials used and how those materials might affect your smoke and your lungs.

These DIY whistles aren’t meant for long-term use or regular consumption, but they can be a fun way to mix things up for your next session. Be safe and have fun.

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