When you don’t have a proper smoking device, but you do have a strong will, you can make a homemade bong out of just about anything you set your mind to. Within reason, of course.
Making a homemade bong using a water bottle and a down stem is probably the most practical way to go and won’t take more than a few minutes or require many supplies. However, homemade bongs made of plastic and other materials are not a good idea to use for long periods. They’re great if you’re in a pinch, but should be used more like a fill-in for desperate times, not a primary method of smoking.
A homemade bong can be assembled with just a few items. You need a bottle, a bowl, a down stem, and an adhesive to keep it all together. Maybe your go-to bong broke, in which case you can take the down stem and bowl and use it for your new, homemade bong if those pieces are still intact. If that’s not the case, we still recommend using an actual down stem/bowl for this as opposed to making a homemade one out of foil or other materials. You can find cheap down stems and bowls online or at a local headshop.
Alternatively, if you’ve got sockets laying around from the hardware store, you may be able to find one the right size and shape to use as a bowl for your homemade bong. A hollowed-out pen or similar object can work as a down stem, though you could easily make a mess preparing it. Keep in mind, the more random household items you add to the homemade bong, the sooner you should toss that thing and get your hands on a real piece.
Supplies for a Homemade Bong
The key components of a homemade bong are a water bottle, bowl, and a down stem. You’ll also need glue, tape, or a similar adhesive to keep everything together and scissors, a needle, or similar sharp object, to cut through the plastic.
Water bottles are a common and easy object to turn into a bong, but feel free to get creative with soda bottles, juice containers, or whatever else you’ve got lying around that can achieve the same results. If you’re digging through the recycling to make a homemade bong, first, no judgment. Second, be sure to rinse it well to prevent any sticky surprises.
Step 1: The bottle
The mouthpiece of the water bottle, where you’d be drinking from, will be serving as your mouthpiece for the bong. Take off the cap and dispose of it to keep it out of the way.
Now you can poke a hole in the bottom third of the bottle where you will be placing your down stem. The size of the hole will vary depending on how big your stem is, but be sure to start as small as possible and adjust according to the size of your down stem.
You can always make it bigger, but you can’t go back and make the hole smaller to fit a down stem that won’t stay. It’s a good idea to stick a pen or similar sized object in the hole and wedge it around to expand it to the perfect size.
Be sure to take note of how much space you’ll have for water since you’ll be filling the bottle to the point where the down stem reaches. You won’t be able to fill your bong with much water if you place the hole too low, which will defeat the point of making a homemade bong.
Step 2: The down stem and bowl
Now you can attach the down stem to the bowl and insert it into the hole you’ve placed in the water bottle.
Unless you’ve crafted the perfect sized hole, you’re going to want to secure the down stem into the water bottle with an adhesive. If you’re using makeshift supplies or don’t care what happens to your current bowl and down stem, go ahead and glue it to the water bottle with the expectation that it won’t come off easily or look too pretty.
Using tape is a better idea for a homemade bong that is going to be disassembled at a later time.
Step 3: Fill with water
Once the down stem and bowl are secured in the water bottle, you can fill it with a small amount of water. You want just enough water to reach the bottom of your down stem. Do not overfill or you’re going to have an unpleasant experience.
Step 4: Prepare your weed
Grind up your weed and place it in the bowl. What’s that in your hand? It’s a functional homemade bong. Look at you.
Step 5: Enjoy
The simplest of all steps, you can now light your bud as usual and inhale through the water bottle’s mouthpiece.
Final considerations for a homemade bong
Remember, there are better ways to smoke weed than using a homemade contraption made of supplies you may or may not have been intending to throw away. Homemade bongs should be used as a last resort, not as a go-to for smoking.
Unlike smoking devices you can get buy from a reputable shop, homemade bongs are made of materials that were not meant to be smoked out of. Some materials are safer than others, but nothing is going to be better than smoking out of a device made for the purpose of smoking.