DIY - How to make a Christmas bong

Published Dec 18, 2021 10:00 a.m. ET
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Christmas is almost here, and millions of enthusiasts are now looking for new and exciting ways to add weed to the holiday. It’s a fun time of year but also a stressful and busy season, and there’s no better way to get through it all than with a buzz. Settling on a way to tackle this endeavor has never been so hard, with so many incredible offerings on the market today, and it all really comes down to how much money and time you’re willing to invest.

Edibles are grand and trending and also really difficult to buy in bulk. Advent calendars are cool but only last for a short time, and they rarely include true Christmas themes that would help to spread the holiday cheer. Infused drinks are always an amazing choice that’s sure to impress, but they’re not for everyone and time consuming to make.

Most of these choices are perfect when you’re hosting a huge party or gathering, but if you’re looking for something simpler, more affordable, and a whole lot of fun more suitable for 1 or 2, then you might want to de-stress entirely by opting for a simple craft like this homemade Christmas bong.

How to make a bong using a Christmas ornament

This DIY bong makes for an interesting centerpiece on any table, or it can be hung right on your Christmas tree so that it’s ready, waiting, and still decorative. The additions added can be discreet so that from a slight distance, you won’t even be able to tell that you've got a smoking ornament, which means that this project won’t leave you with any fewer decorations for your tree. Leave it simple and plain, or go all out with stickers, paint, glitter, or anything else that makes you feel Christmassy. No matter what, it’ll be functional and fun, and it all comes together in a matter of just a few minutes.

What you’ll need:

  • 1 Christmas tree bulb ornament
  • 1 tube of super glue
  • 1 bowl
  • 1 permanent marker
  • 1 pen casing
  • 1 cutting tool
  • Cardboard (optional)
  • Floral wire (optional)


  1. Thoroughly wash and dry the ornament inside and out. This is especially necessary for older bulbs that might have a bunch of dust gathered inside which you aren’t going to want anywhere near your lungs.

  2. Once it’s all clean, you’ll need to find a middle point on the side of the ornament where you’ll want to install the pen casing, which will act as a mouthpiece, a job that will require precision, patience, and a few tools.

  3. When you’ve found the perfect place, take the pen casing, and use it as a guide by tracing a circle around the base of it.

  4. Now, it’s time to make a hole. How you make this one hole is going to depend on the materials it’s made from, with glass requiring a special glass cutting tool and plastic being much simpler, as a small amount of heat and a pin could provide enough leverage to make a hole without damaging the rest of the bulb. How this is done is up to you and the tools you have access to.

  5. Once you've drilled a hole that’s just wide enough to accommodate the empty pen casing, it’s time to install this mouthpiece by pushing approximately 1 inch of the tip into the bulb and then fixing it in place with a thin lining of glue around the base. To create an airtight seal, you might need to add a few layers.

  6. Ideally, your bowl will fit into the top of the ornament so as to avoid any unnecessary drilling or cutting, so remove the tip which is generally where the hook or hoop is placed and see if yours fits. If you’re lucky, it’ll slide right into place. If not, you might have to cut off the protruding tip and widen the hole enough to slide it in.

  7. Once the hole is large enough, it’s time to install the bowl with another thin bead of super glue around the base.

  8. Leave the piece to dry for a few minutes and then your Christmas bong should be ready to use!

If you’d like this homemade accessory to hang, then you’ll need to add one final addition, which is a wire piece that wraps around the base of the bowl to provide support. For those who prefer a centerpiece, a small flat piece of bristle board or cardboard affixed to the bottom can make an excellent stand, and it can even be decorated for extra flair.

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