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How to Make Homemade Grinders
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If you’re short of funds or find yourself in a situation where you can’t get hold of a grinder to shred your buds, nothing beats the satisfying feeling of using some simple household objects to put together a ‘do it yourself’ homemade grinder.

While a homemade grinder has nowhere near the quality of the grinders you can buy, DIY grinders will get you through a tight spot when nothing else is available and they can be put together with materials commonly found at home.

All it takes is a little thought and planning and you’re on your way to making an effective and inexpensive DIY grinder that will get your mix into a ready state to smoke. And let's face it, us stoners love to get creative when buzzed. 

But, if you find you don’t have all the materials you need to build a home made grinder, all is not lost: Let's take a look at some of the readily available household items you can use to shred your marijuana where no assembly is required, because let's be real, stoners are a little too chill and the thought of how to make a homemade pot grinder scares some people. But for other creative stoners, it's a great way to challenge themselves while high. Don't ask me why, but some pot heads just seem to love to make homemade things to smoke out of. That's just cannabis culture I guess. 

Let’s look at our options when it comes to making your own DIY shredder at home.

3 Different Makeshift Grinders You Can Find At Home


Scissors are by far the easiest and most available household item for cutting up buds, when looking for an alternative homemade grinder and are always the number one go to makeshift grinder. The best to use are those that have small blades with long handles because you’ll need to put your buds in a bowl or shot glass and poke the scissors into the container to cut.


The buds need to be contained because, as you chop at them with the scissors, parts of the plant will fly about and you can lose a lot of valuable herb. It’s also important not to go too far when you are chopping up, or you’ll end up with particles of marijuana that are so small they fit together too tightly in a joint, which makes it harder for the air to go through your joint, making it harder to pull and will cause it to constantly go out. 

2. Knife and Chopping Board

If you can’t find scissors, the next best option for a homemade grinder is a knife and chopping board. Lay the buds down on a chopping board and, holding your knife in two hands, carefully chop back and forth over the bud until the pieces reach the size you need to smoke. Again, with this method, you have to be careful to watch for pieces of marijuana flying off the board and getting lost from your mix, but it is most certainly still a popular choice for a DIY homemade grinder enthusiasts. 

3. Forks

Less common, but equally effective, are the prongs of a fork. The best forks to use have prongs are square shaped, rather than rounded. This is because you are going to use the sharper edges of the square prongs as a grater to rub you bud into as the prongs break it apart.


It’s best to hold the fork down on a chopping board so that the curve of the fork rises up toward you. All you have to do then is hold your bud between your thumb and index finger and scrape it across the prongs of the fork just as you would vegetables over a grater. This method takes a bit of practice, but, if you’re careful you should be able to shred a bud effectively in seconds and is one of those homemade herb grinders you would use when desperate time, calls for desperate measures. 

That’s basically it for simple household items, but, what if you want to take the time to make your own grinder and construct an effective home made product that you can make all by yourself? Let’s take a look at what’s out there and what you need to put one together.

How to Make Your Own at Home?

There are really only three main types of homemade grinders and each of them can be made from materials as simple as thumb tacks, drink container lids, plastic bottles and, even, a small electric fan. Also, if you have access to a hot glue gun, this will help make your homemade grinders more sturdy and they will last longer. Here are a couple of options on how to make a herb crusher on your own:

Option 1: The Glass jar & coin trick

The first is the simplest, but it is also takes the most time to shred your pot. But if you have time to spare, this one is a no brainer.

Find a moderately sized glass jar that is strong enough to take the impact of a solid piece of metal shaking about inside with your buds. This can be a coin or marble or anything that has some weight to it so it, will mash up your bud. A five pointed ninja throwing star would be ideal for this example, but anything heavy and slightly sharp will do. Be warned, though, this method can take a while to mash up your pot, depending on the object you throw in with it, because a lot of shaking is involved, so you really have to way up if this style of homemade grinder is for you.

Option 2: Plastic lids

Open Shredder

The next easiest option is basically the same design as the commercially available cylinder herb mulcher. This homemade grinder has a compartment that requires two plastic lids that will fit inside one another. The lids from different drink or other plastic bottles will do the job. All that matters is that one fits neatly inside the other, leaving a space inside to hold your pot.

Once you’ve selected the lids, perforate each one with nails or thumbtacks so that the sharp points poke through to the inner compartment space between the lids where they will shred your pot. Be careful to make sure the points are able to pass by each other when you twist the lids to grind the buds. Also, to make this DIY herb grinder stronger, it’s a good idea to use a hot glue gun - or another form of glue - to fix the nails or thumbtacks hard against the lid.

option 3: engineer your own electrical shredder

More complicated, but just as rewarding to make, is a homemade electric grinder. For this version, the most important component is an electric motor. The best option is a battery operated fan, but any type of small rotating motor will do. All you have to do is remove the blades or whatever else is attached to the spindle in the motor so you can attach new blades that you can make yourself from plastic or the aluminum from a can.

Electric Shredder

It’s important to construct blades that are small because you want to insert these into a container from a small plastic bottle. The idea is to assemble the grinder so it contains the cannabis as the rotating blades shred your bud and you can easily collect it afterward. This device will quickly and effectively grind your cannabis, but you will need to be careful not to overdo it and end up with particles that are too small and which pack too tightly to smoke.

​It is certainly one of the best homemade way to smoke pot because it's easy-to-do and reusable.

If you want to find out more about making your own homemade grinder, there are lots of examples on Youtube that provide step by step instructions on how to make a herb grinder. Ultimately, though, there are a lot of drawbacks to making your own grinder, the most important being durability and safety.

Let’s take a look at why that is.

Is It Worth It?

Homemade grinders can get you by in a desperate moment and are fun to make, but they don’t hold together for very long and can actually be unsafe to use. Especially for those who have gone through the trouble of how to make a grinder and doing a pretty poor job at making it because they're just so damn high. 

But the major danger they present is that they are often made of plastic, which can chip off and end up in your mix. And plastic is not something you want to end up smoking regularly for obvious reasons.

They also break very easily. This can be very frustrating when you are working away on a large amount of shredded pot and your grinder falls apart and the mix goes everywhere. No one wants to end up in the sad situation of holding a cloth over the end of a vacuum cleaner to get particles of herb out of the carpet. We've all been there.

Chromium Crusher

DIY grinders made out of household items are always useful when you don’t have another option and everyone goes through a phase of making use of whatever is around the house at some point in time and sometimes people even take it a step further by finding out how to make a grinder and building one themselves. Eventually, though, grinders like this just become annoying and frustrating and the simple and effective alternative of a commercial grinder becomes the obvious choice.

There are a lot of grinders out there that are simple and durable and they have seen plenty of use and recommendations so, with a little research, it’s easy to find out which is right for you. If you want to find out the best products in the market, click below




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