How to Make a Water Bottle Bong

When you feel like smoking, odds are that you reach for your pipe, bong or other smoking apparatus. Unfortunately, those tools may not always be handy. Whether you’re away from home, accidentally left your pipe at a friend’s house or are even between pipes at the moment, realizing you don’t have a way to smoke can be frustrating indeed. Fortunately, there are workarounds. Smokers are known for their ingenuity, and most will tell you that you can get by in a pinch by making a simple water bottle bong. If you’re curious about how to make a water bottle bong, you’re in luck. It’s really easy, and the steps for doing so are outlined for your convenience below.

Checklist Of Things You’ll Need

Chances are that you already have everything you’ll need to make a water bottle bong. That’s the main reason people resort to making such bongs when they don’t have pipes or regular bongs handy. Still, familiarize yourself with what you’ll need before delving into how to make a water bottle bong:

  • plastic water bottle
  • aluminum foil or metal bowl
  • sewing needle or pin
  • scissors

How To Make A Water Bottle Bong In Nine Simple Steps

Knowing how to make a water bottle bong is sure to come in handy on countless occasions, and it couldn’t be easier. After doing it one time, you shouldn’t even need to refer to these directions again. Also, once you know how to do it, you will be able to teach other people how to make a water bottle bong too.

STEP 1. Choose A Bottle

When it comes to selecting a water bottle for your bong, size matters. Don’t use one that’s too large. A 2-liter bottle, for instance, will be far too cumbersome. The goal is to select a bottle that will fill quickly with smoke when you light the bowl, which will allow you to take a hit quickly and effortlessly. At the same time, however, don’t choose a bottle that’s too small. This will make it difficult to generate enough smoke at one time to facilitate a decent hit. There’s no hard-and-fast rule when it comes to choosing a size, but those 16.9-ounce bottles are pretty perfect for this kind of thing.

STEP 2. Prepare The Bottle

It’s best to use a water bottle for your bong because it won’t have a sticky residue, which can be an issue with soda pop bottles and the like. If there’s still water in the bottle, pour most of it out. You can leave a little in the bottom, but keep in mind that the smoke won’t be pulled through the water as it would with a regular bong. Some people like to remove the labels from their bottles before turning them into bongs. That’s purely a matter of personal taste, so do what feels right to you. You have to remove the lid, though, as that is where the bowl will be. Go ahead and discard it; you won’t need it.

STEP 3. Prepare The Foil

Your bowl will be made out of aluminum foil. Try to use foil that is of a decent thickness to ensure optimal sturdiness. If the foil you have is flimsy, you’re going to want to fold it over at least one time to make it stronger. Whether you fold it up or not, cut it down to a size of about 2.5 inches by 2.5 inches. This will make it the right size to fit into the top of the bottle with room left over for it to wrap around the edges securely. By visualizing how it will be placed in the opening, you should be able to cut it to the right size without any trouble. When it comes to learning how to make a water bottle bong, this is among the most vital steps.

STEP 4. Apply The Foil

This is where you make the bowl that will hold your dry herb or tobacco. It’s fairly intuitive, but be sure to take your time. Position the square of aluminum foil over the opening of the water bottle. Press it gently down part of the way into the opening. Use your thumb to give it a rounded shape. As you do this, envision how the dry herb or tobacco will fill it. You don’t want it to spill out or to otherwise create a huge mess, so make sure the bowl is deep enough. Be gentle too, or you could accidentally rip a hole right through the foil. Take the edges that poke out and wrap them down around the lip of the opening. Make sure it folds down far enough so it’s not in danger of slipping off while being used.

STEP 5. Poke Holes In The Bowl

Now, your water bottle bong won’t do you a lot of good if there’s no way for the smoke from your tobacco or dry herb to pass through the foil into the bottle. You’re going to need to poke a series of holes into your aluminum foil bowl. A sewing needle or pin works best for this step, but you could probably get away with using the tip of a pair of scissors — just be especially gentle to avoid ripping the bowl. While poking holes with the needle or pin, take care not to place them too close together. This increases the risk of punching a large hole, which will create major problems when you go to try to smoke out of your bong. Also, go slowly while making the holes. You probably won’t need to push them down too far.

STEP 6. Poke A Hole In The Side

The next step in learning how to make a water bottle bong is making a hole from which you can inhale the smoke from your dry herb or tobacco. This can be a somewhat ginger operation. You will need to use the same needle or pin to get it started. Before you do that, though, decide which side to make your hole. If you want to hold the bottle with your right hand, make the hole on the left side; if you want to hold the bottle with your left hand, make the hole on the left side. Resist the urge to simply punch the needle through the plastic. Instead, gently start pressing it through. Once it’s all the way through, twist it around a little to make the hole wider. This will come in handy in the next step.

STEP 7. Enlarge The Hole

Trying to inhale smoke through an opening that’s the size of a pin isn’t going to work out too well. You need to make it larger in diameter, so get your scissors and press one pointed end into the hole you made with the pin. Again, be as gentle as possible. Forcing it could cause the plastic to split, and then you will have to start all over again. Once the end of the scissors is in the hole, twist it gently around to slowly but surely widen it. A diameter of about one inch should suffice, but again, this is largely a matter of personal preference. It’s better to make the hole too small at first, though, so take your time. You can always widen it. If you make it too big, you can’t backtrack.

STEP 8. Pack The Bowl

As you can see, the convenient thing about making a water bottle bong is that it stands upright without any trouble. This makes it really easy to pack the bowl with your favorite dry herb or tobacco. As with packing any type of bowl, don’t overdo it. The tobacco or herb should be pressed in well, but it shouldn’t be overflowing out of the bowl. You can always add more while you are smoking. Keep an eye on the bottom of the foil. If you see pieces of tobacco or herb dropping into the bottle itself, your holes are too large. Cut out a new piece of aluminum foil and repeat the steps above to make one with smaller holes.

STEP 9. Smoke

With your aluminum foil bowl packed full of dry herb or tobacco, your water bottle bong is ready to enjoy. Before lighting the herb or tobacco, place your mouth over the hole that you made in the side. Just as you’d do with a normal bong or pipe, light the tobacco or herb and inhale gently. The smoke should be drawn into the bottle and pass through the hole, where you can then inhale it. If you have trouble drawing in enough smoke, you might need to make the mouth hole larger, or you might have packed the bowl too tightly. After doing a little experimenting, you should be able to achieve the perfect balance.

Additional Tips

  • You don’t have to keep water in the bottle if you don’t want to. The smoke won’t pass through it anyway.
  • Experiment with a few different sizes until you arrive at one that delivers the smoking experience that’s right for you.

Things To Keep In Mind

  • Some people use lighters to make holes in the sides of their water bottle bongs. Please note that burning plastic releases very noxious fumes that could be harmful to your health. Also, the melted plastic could stick to your skin and cause burns. Never use a lighter to melt a hole in the side of your bottle; always use a pin and scissors.
  • In addition to being sticky, soda and juice bottles can take on nasty odors over time. To avoid inhaling foul-smelling smoke, then, stick with water bottles.


If you’re trying to learn how to make a water bottle bong, chances are you know what one is. Still, by definition, a water bottle bong is a bong that has been made out of a plastic water bottle. Like any bong, it is used to smoke dry herb or tobacco. It consists of a mouth opening, a bowl and the bottle, which fills up with smoke before it’s drawn through the mouth hole.


As you can see, there’s not a whole to learning how to make a water bottle bong. You most likely have everything you need to make one right at home. If you don’t have a water bottle, just go buy one from the nearest gas station or convenience store. By knowing how to make a water bottle bong, you will never be left hanging when you want to smoke.

For more stoner education, check out our How to Dab article or our How to Smoke a Bong guide!

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