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You're relaxing at home when you decide it's time to have a pleasant evening with some of your favorite herbs. You realize that you can't find your pipe or rolling papers. Or even worse, you've just broken your favorite bong!
We've all been in this situation, but luckily with a few household items, you can craft a homemade bong. As the old saying goes: "give a stoner weed and nothing to smoke out of, and he becomes an engineer."
Continue reading to learn how to make a few different types of bongs using readily available materials.
The Large Pipe
Here's one that's a little easier to make since it's just a huge pipe and not a homemade bong. This is great if you don't have too much time, or want something to smoke out of in a pinch.
The materials you'll need are: an empty water bottle, tin foil, scissors, and a needle/toothpick. First, start by cutting out a small square of tinfoil of about 2.5 x 2.5 cm in size.
If the foil is too light in weight, cut a larger area and fold it over to make it sturdier. Remove the bottle cap and wrap the foil over the mouth of the bottle.
Press the foil down a bit so that the foil forms a bowl inside the opening. Poke a few small holes in the foil.
Then, find a spot on the bottle about halfway down and poke a small hole with a needle or toothpick.
Then, insert one scissor blade into the hole and wiggle it to expand the spot. Be careful not to split the entire bottle or create too large of a gap.
That's it, and your big pipe is ready. Simply place the cannabis in the foil bowl and place your mouth on the hole you created with the scissor.
The Classic Bong
If you're looking for something more like a real bong, then this is it. It doesn't require too much material or skill, but it does need a little more patience.
For this homemade water bong, you'll need a water bottle, scissors or a box cutter, an old pen, a metal socket, and tape.
Starting with the plastic pen, you'll need to take it apart. The only thing you'll need from the plastic pen is the pen shaft. If you have any other type of small, hollow tube, that will also work.
Next, find a water bottle. A slightly larger bottle might be better, as some people use a 2-liter, but whatever you have on hand will work.
About a third of the way from the bottom of the bottle, cut a small hole with the box cutter or scissors. Try not to split the bottle entirely, but don’t worry if it's a large hole; you can fix it later.
Take the pen shaft or hollow tube and place it in the hole at a downward angle. If the gap is too big, use tape around the hole to fix it and keep the pen shaft in place.
You'll need to use a small metal socket that can fit in or over the pen shaft to make the bowl work. A socket is a metal cylinder that attaches to a socket wrench, so you can probably find something like it in a toolbox.
You'll probably need to seal the socket to the pen shaft with tape. If you don't have a socket lying around, you can make a makeshift bowl from aluminum foil.
Opposite the side of where the pen shaft is, you'll need to cut another hole for the carb for proper airflow. Make this hole small enough to be able to cover it with one finger.
Lastly, fill the bottle with water until it covers the opposite end of the pen shaft, load up your cannabis, and you're ready to go.
The Gravity Bong
For something a little different, but also easy to make, try a gravity bong (gb). If you've never made or smoked out of a gravity bong before, you're in for a treat!
It's a powerful tool that's guaranteed to get you sky high, and fast! For a gravity bong, you'll need:
- A small water bottle (16 oz to 20 oz)
- A 2-liter bottle or a bucket
- A box cutter or scissors
- Aluminum foil
First, start using your box cutter or scissors to cut off the bottom part of the small water bottle. Then, you'll need to cut the top piece off of the 2-liter. Make sure to remove the entire top cone of the 2-liter.
Make a large hole in the bottle cap of the small water bottle. Then, take a 2.5 x 2.5 cm of aluminum foil and wrap the bottle cap.
Shape a bowl in the bottle cap with the aluminum foil and poke small holes in the foil for proper airflow. Now your homemade bong is ready, but using it is a little tricky.
Pack your cannabis into the bottle cap/foil bowl and leave it aside, don't screw it into the small bottle just yet. Fill up the 2-liter or bucket nearly full of water.
Take the small bottle and submerge it into the 2-liter or bucket water, leaving only the last part of the bottle’s mouth above the water. Then, screw in the cap with your cannabis already packed in.
Light the cannabis on fire and slowly pull the bottle up out of the water. The bottle should fill with thick smoke as you pull.
Stop lifting before the small bottle is entirely out of the water. Remove the bottle cap and place your mouth over it.
Slowly press the bottle back into the water as your mouth hovers over the top. The smoke should come rushing out of the bottle and into your lungs.
Get Creative With Your Homemade Designs
From store-bought pumpkins to handblown glassware, you can turn almost anything into a pipe or bong.
Remember, half the fun of building a bong is in the process of doing-it-yourself. As you let your imagination run wild, you'll be impressed by the different types of bongs you can make from a few materials lying around the house.
Not sure what to smoke? Here are the best strains to use with your handmade bong.