How to Make Your Own Bongs at Home

Learn the best techniques to get you out of trouble when you need it most. You never know when you will need a spare bong. Luckily, making one is easier than you think!

You never know when you can find yourself in the situation of having a bud but no way to smoke your weed. These are difficult times for smokers. It is always useful to know what other options you can find at home.

First, we clarify that the following methods should only be considered as a last option. If you can buy a glass pipe or bong, do it. These are not materials that are traditionally used to smoke weed. With a bong or a pipe, you will always take more advantage of your buds. The taste, combustion, and softness will be better in an object made especially with these factors in mind.

However, the mentioned factors do not include the effect. That is because, technically, you will consume the same amount of THC if you use the same amount of the same marijuana flower.


We start with a method that has been and still is, very popular. In social networks, the trend of smoking with food is returning; the same method that your grandparents used in their time of smoking.

The easiest fruit to turn into a pipe is the apple. This soft but resistant fruit will allow you to carve a pipe system without too much effort. Use the tube of the body of a pen or a small knife to carve the center, but not down. Try not to exceed three-quarters of the height. Once carved, do the same but in a perpendicular direction. These two hollow tubes must be joined in the center of the block.

This is how most people smoke in fruits. You can always make changes to make the experience more enjoyable. If you have a bowl, place it on top of the apple. You can also use the tip of a pen or any other material (which does not melt or produce toxic vapors) as a bowl.

You can customize it even more if you change the type and quantity of fruit. Basically, everything works as long as you can build an airflow system like the apple. You can even stack fruits and vegetables to make a bigger and tastier bong. You can even add water if you use pineapple, for example. You can also try to do it with a coconut and use coconut water! For this, you must insert a hollow tube to the side, cut the top and smoke from there. Sounds delicious.

The options are endless, try and choose your favorites.


Whether you build your pipe with a can of soda or a piece of fruit, it should have a filter. Smoking weed without a filter can be a rather unpleasant experience. A filter keeps loose pieces of grass in the pipe instead of in your mouth, so you can enjoy your bong more.

What filter should you use with your homemade bong? And what can you do if you don’t have a filter?


• Brass Filters

Brass filters are the most common in tobacco pipes and many glasses and ceramic bongs. They can be obtained at almost any tobacconist or headshop for very little money. These circular-shaped discs are made of a brass mesh and are the size of a coin. Brass has the advantage of easily bending, so you can use your filters in cups of different sizes. If your brass filter is a bit large for the bowl, you can cut it without problems.

What inconveniences do they have? Brass filters are not as robust as, for example, steel ones. Even if they do not melt, if you use the pipe too much, they will weaken over time, and eventually break.

• Stainless steel filters

Steel filters are often used with acrylic and silicone bongs, although the former can be scratched. They work like brass filters and do not influence the taste. In fact, apart from the silver color, the main difference between these filters and those of brass is that they are more resistant and, therefore, last longer.

Since steel filters are not as malleable as brass filters, they can be more complicated to adapt to irregularly shaped cups.

• Glass or quartz filters

Glass pipe filters are made of a special type of reinforced glass known as borosilicate glass. This heat resistant glass does not crack due to temperature changes and does not break as easily as ordinary glass. Obviously, glass filters are not flexible, nor can they be cut. Therefore, you should make sure you get a filter with the right size for your bowl. As the glass does not wear out, these filters can, in principle, last forever; that is if they do not break or lose.

You can also find quartz filters, which are even more resistant to heat than glass. Replacement quartz or glass filters are not as common as in the case of the previous options, and most quality glass bongs carry borosilicate or quartz glass filters incorporated into their design. These usually have decorative holes instead of the ultra-fine mesh of steel filters.


There is no “best” filter, the most important thing is that it fits perfectly in the bowl. You will know that it has adapted well when it does not come out when pressed. Otherwise, if it’s brass, steel or glass, it’s up to you.


Since this article is about creating a homemade bong, chances are you don’t have any filters on hand. In this case, you can make single-use homemade filters with the following options.

A proven method is to cut a piece of aluminum foil and make some holes with a toothpick. Give it the appropriate size and shape and place it in the bowl as if it were a normal filter. Do not worry, the foil does not melt when smoking. That said, these types of filters only last a couple of sessions before losing their integrity.

You can also make a filter with a clip or a piece of rigid wire. Form a spiral and adjust it to the bowl. This works as a decent half filter to keep the ash and grass inside the pipe.

If you have no choice, fill the bowl so you don’t need a filter. Put the larger pieces of grass in the bottom, so that they cover the hole and cannot be inhaled. Distribute the finest particles above in order to increase the surface and obtain an ideal smoke. This method offers no guarantee, but if all else fails, the question is to optimize your experience as best you can.