You never know when there might come a time where all you have is your bud and nothing to smoke out of. These are hard times for every stoner. It’s always handy to know what other options you might find around the house.

Let’s first make it clear that the following methods should only be used as last resorts. If you can go out and buy yourself a glass piece, do that. These aren’t materials traditionally used to smoke weed. A proper bong or pipe will always do your bud more justice. The flavour, the burn, and the smoothness will all be better from an object specially made with these factors in mind.

Nonetheless, the factors mentioned don’t include “high.” That’s because, technically, you’ll be consuming the same amount of THC if you're using the same quantity of the same marijuana flower. Even if not the most pleasant, these stoner MacGyver techniques will surely be effective. Just use them wisely.


We had to start with a method that has been, and still is, super popular. Now making a comeback on social media is smoking out of foodstuffs - the same method your grandpa used during his stoner days.

The easiest fruit to morph into a pipe is the apple. This sturdy yet soft treat will allow you to carve out a pipe system without much effort. Use an empty pen tube or a small knife to carve out the central stem, but not all the way down. Try not to go over three-quarters of the way through. With this hollowed out, do the same thing but perpendicular to your first carve. These two empty tubes should meet at the end.

This is how most people smoke out of fruit. You can always change things up to make them more pleasant to smoke. If you have a bowl, place it on the top of the apple. Or, you could use the tip of a pen or any other material (that doesn’t melt or release harmful fumes) as a bowl.

You can customise things further by changing the type and quantity of fruit. Essentially, anything will work as long as you can build an airflow system like with the apple. You can even stack vegetables and fruit together to build a larger and tastier bong. You might even be able to add water if you use a pineapple, for example. Or, try doing it with a coconut and use its natural water! For this, you would stick a hollow tube through the side, carve out the top and pull from there. Surely sounds delicious.

The options are endless, try out some and choose your favourites.

Apple Bong


The pen pipe is arguably the easiest one to make. It will take you less than a minute if you take things slow. All you need to do is find a pen where the parts can be separated. Make sure the tip is made of metal; this will be your bowl. And it’s not any good if there’s a risk of it melting. If it looks like plastic, don’t use it. Use only the tube and the tip of the pen - discard the rest. Insert the tip on the opposite way through the body of the pen. This is where you’ll put your herb. Just ignite and pull through the other side.

A soda can will also make a great pipe. Press the side of an empty one with your thumb. This will make a kind of a bowl shape once you turn it on its side. With the help of a needle or a pin, make a few punctures on this slump. Place your weed in it and pull through the original opening of the can. This will give a much airier and smoother pull than the pen. With the larger chamber, smoke has more time and space to cool down.

One thing that can also come in handy is a paper roll. As strange as it sounds, if you have a bowl or something like a metal pen tip, you can smoke out of a paper roll. Make a hole of the desired size to insert your bowl. Cover the one side of the roll with an appropriate material or your hand and pull from the other. This will also provide a very airy smoke.

Can Bong


The main characteristic we use to distinguish bongs from pipes is the use of water. Bongs are basically pipes with a chamber for water. Most of these bongs will work great as pipes without water.

Also, feel free to get creative with the water part. Swapping it out with juice will surely add to the flavour.

Bottle Bong
Bottle Bong

The easiest one to make will be the classic water bottle pipe. This will work best with the help of a pen pipe. Make a hole about three quarters down the way on the bottle so that the pen pipe will fit in perfectly. Push it in the bottle at an angle which points down.

Then, fill the bottom of the bottle with water. Don’t go above the hole you made.

Place your weed on the tip of the pen and pull from the top of the bottle. Enjoy your cheap and easy bong!


This is another nifty contraption that can be done in several different ways. We’ll teach you two that work extremely well.

For the first one, all you need is a water bottle, tinfoil, scissors, and your bud. Make a hole on the bottom of the bottle. Prepare a tinfoil holder that will fit into the top of it. Place your weed inside. After this, fill the bottle with water by holding shut the hole at the bottom with one hand. Place the tinfoil bowl on the top of the bottle, light, and let go of your finger slowly. Your hole might be too big and water might leave the bottle too fast. Use your finger to control this as your bottle fills with smoke. After all the water has left the bottle, take off the weed cap and toke on the smoke. Try to suck it in all at once, you won’t regret it.

The second method works around the same physics, but is slightly different. You’ll need the same materials, but with the addition of a container with water where the bottle can fit inside. Instead of making a hole in the bottle, you’ll have to cut off the entire bottom section. Place the empty bottle inside the water bucket. It should just fill in with water and not float. When this is done, place the tinfoil bowl with your cannabis on the bottle’s mouthpiece. As you start to light up the weed, pull the bottle up from the water slowly. This will push air into the bottle through the burning marijuana and fill it with smoke. When you see the bottle is full, remove the tinfoil and pull as you push the bottle back into the water. This will help the smoke make its way into your lungs.

Gravity Bong


Making your own bongs can be very interesting and fun. Just be careful with the materials you use. A lack of care can turn an exciting idea into a safety hazard. When inhaling smoke from a material that is not made for that purpose, make sure to be safe. Research more about the materials you find at home if they aren’t the exact ones we mentioned.

Enjoy your inventions because they’re a true work of science. Have your friends over, share your creations, and encourage them to make their own. That’ll be one hell of a smoke sesh!

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