How to make a homemade bong from ceramic

Published Feb 3, 2020 10:00 a.m. ET
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Pretty much every stoner has had to get creative when stuck in an unfortunate situation without a good piece to smoke cannabis out of but knowing how to make a homemade bong can solve that problem. The trouble is that you will need to find some materials and tools to start with before you can even begin to design your bong or pipe, and most DIY bong guides cover topics that can be hazardous to your health, like using plastic bottles that will slow leak toxins into the smoke before you inhale it.

Luckily, there are just as many safe options as there are ones to avoid, you will just need to know where to look for them. Ceramic is something that most of us have lying around the house in the form of a fancy flower vase or bottle, and this is just the thing that will work to create this DIY bong.

How to make a bong

If for whatever reason, you can’t find a ceramic vase or bottle, or perhaps you just can’t tell what’s exactly among your breakables, glass can work as an ideal alternative as long as you follow the steps laid out below with care and patience.

You will need:

  • Ceramic jug, vase, or bottle (or glass)
  • Drill
  • Glass bit
  • Duct tape
  • Black marker
  • Old bong stem


  1. Start by washing out your ceramic container to remove any dust or other particles that you probably don’t want to end up in your lungs.

  2. Take a large piece of masking tape and place it near the lower middle side of the container, where you want your bowl of weed to eventually sit. The reason for this is that it gives you a circle guide, and it keeps the drill from jumping across the ceramic which could remove chunks and create holes that we don’t want.

  • Now take a dark marker and trace out a circle so that you have a guide to use for drilling and to ensure that the hole is the same size as the bong stem.

  • Slowly drill away bit by bit, and this task you might want to do in a sink so that flying glass bits can be washed away rather than getting them in your feet later on. Access to water can also help to keep the glass cool to avoid burning yourself in the process.

  • Once the hole is clean, it is time to check to see if the fit is good. Do this by sliding the bong stem into the hole, and if it fits, then great, but if it’s too small drill more, and if for some reason it’s too big, use a piece of masking tape to make the hole smaller and more suitable.

  • At this point, the challenging part is done, and it’s time to give everything a good rinse once more to wash away any remaining glass pieces. These could be incredibly dangerous to inhale and so this step is incredibly important.

  • It is now time to experiment with finding the ideal water level by adding small amounts until the bottom of the bong stem is well covered, without any water leaking out.

  • When you find the sweet spot, your homemade bong is now officially ready to use, so pack up the bowl (after installing a screen if necessary), spark it up and enjoy the benefits that a DIY bong can bring in a less than ideal situation.

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