Introduction: Highlighter Pipe

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Want an easy, convenient, and portable way to smoke pipe tobacco? You can make yourself a very nice tobacco pipe and container in about 20 minuets. All you need is a few household items. This method only works with the button-cap highlighters.

Step 1: The Materials

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Here are the few item that you need to make the pipe:

1. Button-top Highlighter
2. A Knife. (or Multi-Tool as pictured)
3. Something long and skinny. (5mm Hex)
4. Aluminum Foil
5. Electrical Tape (Making tape for instructional purposes) (optional)

Step 2: Removing the Guts

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After you have your supplies, you need to start by removing the guts of the highlighter. All you have to do is take off the cap, and pull out the felt tip. The tip should not be difficult to pull out.

Now, there are still more guts in there. You just have to get them out. I found that the best way is to just poke them out the bottom. It's the easiest way. Go outside or over a sink and use some force to push the guts and bottom plug. Ink may or may not go everywhere. Be sure to wash your casing with light soap and water.

Step 3: Making the Bowl Pt.1

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Now that your left with just your highlighter casing, you need to start making your bowl.

The first thing you want to do is to align where you want to place your bowl, or your cap. I put mine as low as possible to avoid facial injuries when smoking. As a rule of thumb, I place the bottom cap next to the highlighter casing where it will sit when placed in the casing. Place the top cap next to the bottom cap. Align the button on the top cap to the end of the bottom cap.

Now, take your knife and ream a hole in the highlighter casing where you aligned it. You want to create the smallest hole possible for the button of the top cap to fit into so the pipe is air tight. Cut the excess plastic off of the edge of the hole in the casing.

Now that you have your hole in the casing, you want to make the bowl out of the cap. Take your knife and gently and carefully cut the top off of the button on the cap. You need to cut about 2mm off to get a good hole in the cap.

Step 4: Completion

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Your Highlighter Pipe is now complete. Just line the cap / bowl with some aluminum foil, insert tobacco, and smoke. The bottom plug can remain out for a carburetor/steamroller effect, or you can leave it in the bottom for a classic style.

Now, your hollow casing can carry stuff too!! Put in some spare foil, tobacco and even some lighters. I generally put electrical tape over the hole in the casing to add some camouflage.

Sit back and enjoy smoking your hand made pipe. Remember, I do not promote the use of controlled substances. My pipes are used for tobacco uses only. This is not a bowl. This is not a bong. Also, heating aluminum and inhaling is damaging to your lungs. Please do this at your own risk.


HippieCripplin (author)2013-05-11

It is definitely cool for a quick hit when im bored kind of thing. If you wanna take it farther the "guts" wash them theyll turn white when clean soak them in desired flavor or smell and put back in use a socket in the end of the highlighter no holes necessary. I use peppermint extract mixed with about 6oz of water. it smells like youve been chewing gum not smoking haha

Markush420 (author)2013-01-08

hahaha this is kinda clever

biofueljunke (author)2009-10-11

just get wood a kinfe a drill and time and ur good no rush just chill carve light a stick of incense and chill*

*dont carve a weed pipe no... i can read ur mind ur gonna carve one dont... no... no... hay its a tobacco pipe

ilpug (author)biofueljunke2012-12-10

carve all the wood pipes you want, just put a metal bowl in it, wood smoke is a bad thing.

ilpug (author)2012-12-10

Well, this works, and props for the design that went into this, but my hands down rule of thumb for making smoking devices is: no heated plastic, and no foils whatsoever! if you want to make this better, go get a socket from a socket wrench that fits in the highlighter cap. Sand out the inside of the socket first. That will make a bowl that won't make dangerous gasses and will hold most of the heat, instead of transferring it to the plastic.

dragin410 (author)2012-08-14

To all people saying that smoking out of aluminum foil is unhealthy, there is no scientific proof that it cause any kind of medical issue. But the plastic... yeah that will seriously mess you up. You should try making a homemade wooden piece

steve-o227 (author)2011-11-21

sick as hell works great

jorwin (author)2011-10-16

hey so after using this three or four times at what point did your urine turn grey and bloody? there is a huge debate over whether aluminum is bad to smoke out of and it actually can release chemicals on the shiny side of it if heat is applied there and it ruins the taste of your "tobbaco" so please lets leave the aluminum to the crack smokers and heroine fumers please

j574sbi (author)2010-06-27

burning foil and plastic, terrible for you. works great in a pinch, but for regular use your bare minimum should be glass.

LiquidLightning (author)j574sbi2011-05-23

Bare minimum? What would be the maximum; fourth dimensional obsidian?

skater7832 (author)2010-12-30

Instead of using the cap and foil, which will most likely melt the cap sooner or later, use a small socket with a filter in it. works alot better.

lemonie (author)2009-06-16

You're going to melt the plastic and it'll be horrible. Maybe not immediately, but at some point. You want a metal / wood / glass / ceramic bowl to support the foil-screen. And it's a waste of time adding the word "tobacco" to what obviously isn't, "herbal mixture" is more appropriate. L

LiquidLightning (author)lemonie2010-12-02

And Cannabis sativa or Cannabis indica would be even more appropriate. Unless your smoking crack, hahaha.

Faulty Ply (author)2009-06-16

Like I said, it is very unhealthy smoking out of aluminum foil. With the right technique of applying the foil, the plastic will never melt.

daltondude (author)Faulty Ply2009-06-30

its fine to smoke outta aluminium foil, but tin foil will give u alzheimers

Tin foil has been out of production for over 20 years. 0_0

flyboy11 (author)2009-11-06

 have fun smoking your crack

Fashim (author)flyboy112010-06-21

I'm pretty sure you don't smoke crack.

LiquidLightning (author)Fashim2010-12-02

Mhm, that's why there's CRACK PIPES.

shaniafan1234 (author)2010-10-10

I made mine!!! I even added a filter, if you can see it... Tobacco only!! :)

just click on the file to view... Thanks for the instructable!!!

2fst4u (author)2009-06-18

evolution. allow as many people to try this as possible and get them out of the gene pool.

madhops0620 (author)2fst4u2009-06-20

Nice. Haha there was an episode of the office where Dwight was mad at the guy who invented seat belts for messing up natural selection

rtk94 (author)madhops06202010-08-17

hahahaha thats awesome

lilpepsikraker (author)2010-03-24

Make an apple pipe, damnit! Much better smoke and is probably better than smoking from a future molten blob of plastic.
I do, however, condone the use of "herbs and spices".

biofueljunke (author)2010-03-01

just get a glass pipe... if u smoke real tobacco from it u get a killer buzz

greymatter21 (author)2009-11-30

this pipe takes form of a steamroller


Cwyk (author)2009-11-11

 it isn't really to smoke tobacco my friend...

TheAbstracted (author)2009-11-06

It's definitely not a long term solution. One highlighter pipe should only be used three, maybe five times max. After that, it gets a little iffy. The good news is, if you make it correctly it should be perfectly usable and enjoyable for the few times it is used. And it's fairly quick and easy to make, so if you're ever in need of a pipe fast, these are a good short term fix.

CLOWNphobia26 (author)2009-07-26


skuitarman (author)CLOWNphobia262009-09-29

listen to this guy!

Spint (author)skuitarman2009-10-12

Seriously, the heat from the foil would just burn the plastic and have you inhaling plastic smoke.

junits15 (author)2009-09-28

dont use this!, you can get metal poisioning from the heated aluminum!

thedudewhoiscool (author)2009-09-18

good pipe i like it but i dont think anybody wants it to smoke tobacco :D

Rectifier (author)2009-07-28

Honestly, smoking pipe tobacco out of this would defeat the whole purpose of smoking pipe tobacco - the flavor and relaxation. Also you won't look very cool with this. Yumm, plastic and highlighter flavor. I know the target market is smokers of medicinal herbs, but really... rolling papers are even cheaper than a highlighter bro... develop a useful skill ;)

lil jon168 (author)Rectifier2009-08-07

lol i made 1 out of a grape smelling highlighter and i love how it mixes lol

xXFALCORXx (author)2009-07-11

my friends an I used to make these in highschool and smoke uhhhhh tobacco on lunch breaks lol cans/altoids tins/ceramic/stone/glass/metal pretty much anything works better though because the PLASTIC doesn't melt cuz there isn't any! lol there are fun and deff entertaining but if you really don't wanna kill your lungs try an apple ; )

greenengineer (author)2009-07-03

Why plastic of all materials?

buirv (author)2009-06-16

I bet he'll say that the plastic and Aluminum makes his smoke work better. The plastic should get you really good loaded. LOL... How about opening that propane tank valve in the back ground a little more and spark up another bowl dude...

Brobru (author)2009-06-16

You may be the next recipient of the darwin award!

Decepticon (author)2009-06-16

yeah, smoking out of aluminum is pretty bad for you on top of the risk of inhaling melting plastic fumes. Keep smoking that whacky tobbacky there compadre.

snorkledorf (author)2009-06-15

A few more people smoking (whatever) in plastic and aluminum and that pesky drug and or tobacco problem will be a thing of the past.

yellowsushimustard (author)2009-06-15

smoke tobacco... right...

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