DIY- The "True Romance" honey bear bong

Published Oct 27, 2019 01:00 p.m. ET
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If you are experienced in cannabis culture then you have probably come across some pretty neat homemade bong ideas, as one of the infamous qualities of a stoner is a flair for creativity. Tokers have been coming up with new bong ideas for centuries, and yet still there seems to be no limit to the lengths that some are willing to go, in competing with past results, while incorporating products that haven’t always been laying around in kitchen cupboards.

Fruit is a common bong material of choice, but it has the unfortunate side effect of rotting, which isn’t ideal for a piece that you want to pull out to show the use or to your friends. The media has highlighted some of the most popular homemade bong results, and one of my personal favorites is the honey bear bong from the movie ‘True Romance’.

If you're familiar with the film, then you’ll probably remember Brad Pitt taking a few impressive hits from a small bong that was fashioned out of a honey container, as the scene and cannabis consumption, in general, was still quite taboo in its time. Well, here, we are going to show you how to build one of these bongs for yourself to try.

How to make a homemade honey bear bong

While any kind of squeezable honey container will probably work for this project, if you want to replicate the one from the scene in ‘True Romance’, then you need to start with one of those cute little jars made by Billie Bee or one of the other honey brands that still makes these perfectly shaped containers.

You will need:

  • Honey container (with lid)
  • Bong stem
  • Screen
  • Scissors
  • Water (optional)


  1. Start by thoroughly cleaning out the honey container, because while it might sound tasty to have some natural flavors left behind if you plan on using the device for more than a day or two, bacteria will begin to form, which can be hazardous to your health.

  2. Use a pair of scissors to poke a hole into the middle of the bear's stomach and be careful not to make it too big. The best way to do this is to make a cross consisting of 2 incisions that aren’t quite as wide as the bong stem.

  • Now gently press the tip of the bong stem into the incision until it inserts into the bottle resting on an upwards angle that is ideal for packing a full bowl.

  • Install the screen in the bowl as need, then fill the bear with ice-cold water approximately 1/3 of the way. Your homemade bong is now ready to use.

  • How to smoke weed through a honey bear bong

    This bong is really easy to use and will function either wet or dry, but if you do choose to add water, an ice cube or two can really help to cool the smoke before making it into your lungs.

    1. Fill the bowl with bud grind, kief, or hash.

    2. Light the cannabis with a lighter and gently puff away from the tip of the bear’s hat. The lung power behind each draw will pull the smoke into your lungs, and help to provide a smoother hit by reducing the amount of air that is mixed in.

    3. Be sure to clean your honey bear bong between each use, with lukewarm water and a few drops of dish soap, replacing the water with fresh new liquid only when it’s needed. A lot of people don’t realize how much filth and bacteria build up in bong water and maintaining the cleanliness of the homemade bong will help to avoid that and ensure that it lasts through many smoking sessions.

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