How to Make a Bong with Household Items


If you’re looking for a way to enjoy your favorite herb or tobacco without spending money on a fancy bong, you might be surprised to learn that you can make one yourself using some common household items. A bong is a device that filters smoke through water, making it smoother and cooler to inhale. Bongs come in different shapes and sizes, but they all have the same basic components: a bowl, a downstem, a water chamber, and a mouthpiece.

In this blog post, we’ll show you how to make a bong with household items that you probably have lying around your home. We’ll also give you some tips and tricks to make your homemade bong more efficient and enjoyable. Let’s get started!

What You’ll Need

To make a bong with household items, you’ll need the following:

  • A plastic bottle. Any kind of plastic bottle will work, but keep in mind that the larger the bottle is, the bigger the bong hits will be. Don’t worry if you don’t have the cap to the bottle—you won’t need it!
  • A highlighter and foil. You’ll use these to fashion a downstem and a bowl for your bong. Alternatively, you can use a pen tube or a metal straw as a downstem and a metal socket or a bottle cap as a bowl.
  • A sharp tool. You’ll need something to poke holes in the bottle and the foil. You can use a pen, a knife, a scissors, or a straightened out paperclip.
  • Duct tape. You’ll use this to seal any gaps or leaks in your homemade bong.
  • Water. You’ll need enough water to fill up about a quarter of your bottle.
  • Herb or tobacco. You’ll need some ground up herb or tobacco to pack your bowl with.

How to Make a Bong with Household Items

Once you have all the materials ready, follow these steps to make your own bong with household items:

  1. Fill up your plastic bottle with water until it reaches about a quarter of the way up.
  2. Poke a hole just below the neck of the bottle to make the carb. The carb is the hole you’ll cover with your finger at first and then let go of so you can inhale the smoke in the bottle. Make the hole large enough for air to easily flow through it, but not so big that you won’t be able to cover it with your finger.
  3. Make another hole slightly above the waterline for the downstem. You’ll insert the downstem through this hole at an angle so that the end inside of the bottle is submerged in the water. Make this hole about the same width as your highlighter or pen tube.
  4. To make the downstem, empty the contents of a highlighter so you’re left with just the hollow plastic tube. You may need to use scissors or pliers to pull the highlighter apart. Then, tear off a small piece of aluminum foil and wrap it around the wide end of the plastic tube. Press the center of the foil down into the tube to make the bowl and poke tiny holes in it so that smoke can get through.
  5. Push the open end of the downstem through the bottom hole you made in step 3. Angle the downstem downward so that the open end inside of the bottle is submerged in the water. When you’re finished inserting the downstem, the bowl should be angled upward on the outside of the bottle.
  6. If there are any gaps or leaks around the holes or the downstem, use duct tape to seal them.
  7. Pack your bowl with some ground up herb or tobacco and light it up.
  8. To use your homemade bong, cover the carb with your finger and place your mouth over the mouthpiece of the bottle. Inhale slowly as you light the bowl and watch as smoke fills up inside the bottle. When you’re ready to take a hit, uncover
    the carb and inhale sharply to clear all of
    the smoke from
    the bottle.

Tips and Tricks

Here are some tips and tricks to make your homemade bong experience more enjoyable:

  • Change
    the water frequently to keep it fresh
    and clean.
  • Clean
    the downstem and
    the bowl regularly
    to prevent resin buildup
    and clogging.
  • Experiment
    with different bottle sizes
    and shapes to find
    the one that suits your preference.
  • Add
    some ice cubes or
    some flavored drink to
    the water to make
    the smoke cooler and tastier.
  • Be careful not to burn yourself or melt the plastic when lighting the bowl.
  • Don’t inhale too hard or you might get water in your mouth.


Making a bong with household items is a fun and easy way to enjoy your herb or tobacco without spending a lot of money. All you need is a plastic bottle, a highlighter and foil, a sharp tool, duct tape, water, and some herb or tobacco. Follow the steps above to make your own homemade bong and enjoy!

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