Welcome to the build-a-bong workshop! When I saw the many ways 420 veterans have invented to build bongs out of household items, I was immediately intrigued by this side of the 420 craft world! However, nothing would prepare me for the possibility that one of those household items would be ice! Here’s my take on how to make an ice bong.
My first association with DIY bong-builders came in the form of Carrie Bradshaw on an episode of “Sex and the City” when she toked out of her boy toy’s DIY water bottle bong. We all know why and we’ve likely all been there. He lived with his parents and wasn’t allowed to smoke weed in their gorgeous apartment, or he would have to sleep on a cot in his comic book store! Needless to say, that hiding cannabis paraphernalia from parents is definitely an age-old norm. Nonetheless, A+ for creativity and resourcefulness!
I’m a firm believer that cannabis and certain methods of consumption are an art form. Everything from rolling a joint to building a bong can be personalized and very crafty and fun! So the moment I came across this DIY via Vice Canada, I had to try making one for myself! ⬇️
When I tried this tutorial, a couple of things came up that the wonderful Vice video did not mention that could be super helpful if you were to take on this build-a-bong challenge. The one thing I found super useful was to wear gloves! Seriously, it’s a lot harder to hold ice than you think. Second, don’t try to grab the bong by the neck; the shot glass neckpieces will break because the bong’s bowl is so heavy; I’ve broken it many times. And when attaching all of the pieces, once you spray the seams, place them all back in the freezer to let them seal. It gets so slippery that all of the pieces will start to fall apart and melt if you work too quickly or not quick enough! It’s such a race against time!
As for the downstem, I went with a 14.5 mm clear glass downstem, that was slightly too long but still looks great! Here’s a guide by smoke cartel to determine what size of a downstem works for your ice bong. Ideally, you’d want to have your downstem sit comfortably on the water without it hitting the bottom of the bowl. The great thing about an ice bong is if you have larger stems, you can always make size adjustments but not quite the other way around, so be sure to do proper measurements before making the stem hole. The diameter and length are the most essential measurements—eyeballing it is the best way to do it.
Altogether, this was fun! The best part is that you don’t have to worry about running out of ice! And it’s one hell of a conversation starter because if you ever need to bring it with you to a sesh, I’d suggest a retro Igloo or Yeti ice cooler!