Pipes have been a part of the cannabis culture for almost as long as there is one.
In the modern era of cannabis, pipes are perhaps one of the most common ways of smoking weed.
This guide will teach you how to make a pipe in 10 different methods and from various materials – such as plastic, wood, fruit, and more.
In general, there are 2 types of pipes, depending on the materials the pipe is made of:
- Reusable pipes
- One-and-done pipes which are not to be reused
It would be a smart idea to always keep a couple of clean metal pipe bowls around the house which you can get at almost every weed supply store. If you don’t know what those are you can see examples on the image below.
These will come in handy a lot of times when you want to make a makeshift pipe and they help you turn almost anything into a pipe with just a little effort.
If you can find a thin piece of bamboo (about 2 inches wide) cut it up so that one end is plugged by the sort-of wood membrane bamboo has, and the other end cleanly cut off — as this will be the mouthpiece.
Drill or cut a ½ inch (1.5 cm) hole on the opposite end and use the remaining pieces of the bamboo stick to carve a small bowl for your pipe which you will then fit in the hole you just made.
You should use an even thinner piece of bamboo, preferably one with the wood membrane on the thin end of the stick which will serve as protection against ashe going in your mouth.
All you need to make is a very tiny hole on that membrane and try not to break it completely. If it does break it will still do a fine job at protecting against ashe as long as there are tiny pieces of the membrane left.
This one is much easier than making a bamboo pipe. All you have to do is take a pencil or something thinner, but still round, and fold the aluminum foil around the pencil several times before it becomes rigid, and then you can make a small bowl on on of the ends. You can also follow this tutorial which has a great video explanation.
The Toilet Bowl
Take a used toilet paper roll and make 2 or 3 holes on one end of it, and cover that end with a thick cloth and a rubber band over it. The holes you just made will be the place where you will insert your joints or blunts.
The opposite end will be your mouthpiece, which is a bit wider than usual, but think about it as a sort of a homemade steam roller. You can press the cloth end while taking a drag for an enhanced and bigger hit.
This is pretty much the same deal as The Toilet Bowl, except for the cloth part, as you don’t have to plug on end. All you have to do is drill a couple holes for your joints to stick ‘em in and pull.
The other way to do this is by making an inch wide hole on the bottom part of the Pringles box and put some aluminum foil in the hole and stick the end of the aluminum outside the hole with some tape, most commonly used is the gray duct tape.
It’s important that you do this right and don’t be afraid to use a bit more foil. If you don’t do this part right the tape might melt and then your pipe might get ruined.
Fruit and Veggie Pipes
Alright so this basically boils down to the same thing with most of the smokable fruits and vegetables – take a pencil shove it all the way through the long part of the fruit.
This will act as the main tube for the smoke to come in.
Then, make another 2 holes that are perpendicular to the tube, and connect them so that smoke may go through. Congrats you just made the bowl and an air vent.
Make a little indent on the place where the bowl is and widen it a bit and start packing that sticky icky. Using a store-bought metal bowl can be a great way to enhance these pipes and make them easier to smoke from.
This method works, as I previously said, on a number of fruits and vegetables such as avocados, pears, melons, watermelons, giant strawberries (yes, we saw and tried them – dope.), bananas, cucumbers, leeks and lots of others.
Apples have been most commonly turned into pipes. As you can see from the image below, you’ll need a pencil to push it through the apple through the middle (sideways) and make a tube, and make another hole where the stem is to connect it with the tube. The hole where the stem was will be your bowl area in which you should pack weed.
Are you a baguette fan? Baguettes are a common item across France, some parts of Canada and almost every bakery and pastry shop.
Grab a pencil or a chopstick if you have and drill a hole from one of the pointy ends of the baguette. At the end of that tube drill another smaller hole for your joint or a metal bowl.
Stick a joint in that hole and puff on your baguette like a French gangsta. Heads up – it might taste a bit toasty.
Tic tac pipe
Tic tacs were everyone’s favorite back when we were kids and now we can enjoy them once again, but in a different way. Remember how nice of a smell a box of orange Tic Tacs would leave after you’d eat them all? Well, if you wanna savor that smell for a bit longer you can – by turning the box into a pipe with just a small metal tube which you need to push through one of the narrow sides of the box – like on the image below.
Water bottles are a great way to turn an everyday item into a pipe. You just need to make 2 holes on the middle of the bottle, one for the joint to stick inside of the bottle, and the other hole will be use as an air duct. Water bottles can also be made into a bong just by adding a straw which should be pushed through the joint hole all the way to the bottom and adding some water to the bottle.
Soda cans are even easier to turn into a pipe than a plastic water bottle. Push the can on two sides near the bottom in so you make a little indentation, and then pierce the indented part with a needle or pen so you make a little grill. The grill will hold you weed in place and not let any ashe or weed fly into your mouth while hitting it. Make a hole above it for a little ventilation and easier hitting and you should be ready to light it up!
This is a gentlemen’s choice, and it is very easy to make. Grab one of those pens which has the bottom metal part which can be unscrewed and take it off.
Pull out the the top end (the clicking part) and the part that holds ink so that you are left with a plastic tube. Burn one end of the plastic tube, preferably the bottom part of the tube, and quickly stick the metal part on it so that the top of the metal part is “glued” to the melting plastic.
If you get the timing right, the metal part should stick to the melted plastic and form a nice bowl to hold small hits of weed. Once the weed is in the air, ashe the metal part and refill.
Help us make more pipes
Do you know any great ways of making a pipe from ordinary items such as a pen or a soda can?
Do you think we missed some great ideas for a makeshift pipe?
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