DIY- How to build a functional homemade hookah (shisha)

Published Oct 9, 2019 11:00 a.m. ET
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What is a hookah?

A hookah might go by a couple of different names, including shisha or qalyan. While the terminology might change, all hookahs are tools that are meant for consuming dry tobacco and or cannabis. Some of the unique staple designs of hookahs include dry or water-filled options and both single and multiple stem layouts.

How to make a hookah

This DIY Shisha project calls for enough materials to install one single draw hose, but if you want more, you can always use more rubber tubing and casings to make enough for a few of your friends to take hits with you. Now technically, a hookah must include a special kind of bowl, that provides space for burning coals for your cannabis, but if you don’t have the parts to throw one together, then you can always incorporate a normal bong stem instead.

You will need

  • Pop bottle (with two lids)
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun (and sticks)
  • Drill
  • 2-4 feet of rubber tubing
  • Marker or pen casing (empty)
  • Hookah bowl (or bong stem if you don’t have one on hand)


  1. Use a drill to make a small hole in the center of the pop bottle lid that is wide enough to snugly feed the rubber tubing through it.

  2. Gently push the rubber hose into the hole, so that the longer end is hanging from the open end rather than the smooth top of the bottle cap, then get your hot glue gun ready.

  3. Take a pair of scissors and cut a hole into the upper side portion of the bottle that is large enough to fit the tubing while still being smaller than the pop cap.

  4. Once the gun is hot, place a thick ring of hot glue around the edges of the cap, then quickly feed the tub through and press it into place.

  5. Give the glue a few minutes to set while you prepare a pen or marker casings for installation. If you don’t have one readily available, then you can skip this step, as it is more of a luxury than a necessity.

  • Take the second lid and drill a similar hole into it with a drill that will fit either the hookah bowl or a bong stem. It is important that this piece fits well, naturally because glue this close to a heating element is never recommended.

  • Your bong is now ready to use, so if you think you’re ready, it’s time to move onto how to use a hookah.

  • How to use a hookah

    You will need:

    • Lighter
    • Coals (if using a hookah bowl)
    • Dry cannabis
    • Water
    • Ice cubes (optional)


    1. Fill the bottle approximately halfway with water ensuring that the tubing is entirely submerged.

    2. Add a few ice cubes, then secure the lid.

    3. Place a few coals in the outer portion of the hookah bowl, then fill the center with cannabis grind.

    4. Spark up a lighter near the bowl until it ignites the grind, then take a deep inhale from the rubber mouthpiece.

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