How to make a homemade weed grinder

There really is no homemade substitute for weed grinders like the ones featured on this site, however there are a couple tricks that can hold you over until your grinder arrives.

One homemade technique is to use scissors and a shot glass. It can be somewhat of a pain to get the optimum density and you have to be very careful not to spill it everywhere, but it is better than using your fingers. This method tends not to work so well for dense and compacted buds.

Another homemade option is using an electric coffee grinder. It will do a better job on dense buds than the scissors, but with this method you have to be extremely careful not to over do it. With a coffee grinder is far too easy to turn your buds into dust.

The best method is without a doubt purchasing a real weed grinder. You never have to worry about spilling or overgrinding, as the grinder will always deliver perfectly ground buds every time no matter how dense or sticky. In addition, most grinders have a kief catcher that will collect the highly potent pollen crystals that fall off during the grinding process.


52 Visitor Comments
  1. Blankman says:

    This requires a little MacGyver ingenuity, but is worth the effort. A trick I found is to get an old 35mm film canister – though hard to find this is necessary. Then, at a hardware store, like Ace Hardware, True Value, even Home depot and Lowes… they sell window screen repair kits. Its just a little swatch of steel mesh about 2 inches by 4 inches you use to repair tears in a window screen; they come in a three-pack sometimes for like $2. Get that, or if you have an old screen just cut a little section out. Don’t destroy your mom’s windows! Now pop the lid off the film canister and lay one of the window screens over the opening. Now slowly push down with your thumb to form a sort of bowl into the film canister. Then fold the top edges of the screen down over the edge of the can and secure them with a rubber band.

    Now you can drop a little nug into the basket and grind it down through the mesh. This is similar to using a mortal and pestle to crush your nug, only it doesn’t crush it to dust, it crushes it down through the screen. This will create a very uniform but fine grind. Perfect for vaping! It collects in the film canister, and you can then just cap it and keep your grinds there. Its even airtight! If you don’t want to grind with your fingers because you don’t want them to get sticky, use something like a fat pen or magic marker, or a AA battery, or anything similar to grind it through the screen.

  2. The Dude says:

    I’ve done something similar. I went to staples and in the stationary area I found these metal mesh desk accessories, like a pencil cup, a cd holder, a file folder holder, and a business card holder. I got the business card holder one, and lay it on its side and put a playing card into the middle area where you’d put business cards, then put the buds on top and crush them through the screen with the bottom of a shot glass. It isn’t as fine a screen as the window screen stuff – so that means my grinds aren’t as fine, but I like them as they are, also perfect for vaping! The screen is also pretty solid, I can really push on it and don’t have to worry about it flexing or breaking from the buds, and even the driest most compact buds eventually succumb to rubbing them on that screen and they fall through in perfect little shavings. Then I just take out the playing card with all the ground up herb on it, and dump it into my stash jar.

  3. (.Y.) says:

    Thank you blankman, thats what i needed.

    -Blaze one

  4. asmartdude says:

    my dad chews tabacco and the two improvised grinders i made were pretty simple

    take a can of chewing tabacco and large staples…stabb them into the can on bth sides either by hand or with the stapler….dont use the bottom hlf of the stapler!!! it will flatten the staple haa…the next is another can of chew and get small screws ( screws are important because they will shred unlike nails) and screw them into the can and enjoy

    PS YOU HAVE TO FIGURE OUT AND PATTERN INWICH THE SCREWS OR STAPLES WILL NOT JAM INTO EACH OTHER OR IT WONT WORK!! and thats my homemade grinder…ENJOY fellow tokers:D

  5. clemsontoker says:

    lol just wanted to say that as i read through these homemade grinder ideas, i literally have a can of dip, screws, and a mesh pencil cup holder sitting right next to my laptop

  6. robert says:

    with a chew baccer can use the flat thumbtacks and poke em through a note card (cut it to fit in the can) then hot glue it in. do it for both sides.

  7. Jman 420 says:

    eyy man i hav an i dead if you can get ahold of a ring like just a circular one you can lay your pot down and roll over it a couple of times thats what i do and it works fine!!
    (420 4eva)

  8. b-rad says:

    wow i just hapen to have a dip can

  9. ToKeN d FiRe WeeD says:

    Just stfu and buy a fucken grinder !

  10. MrDizzla says:

    Just like most peeps are saying, just buy a grinder! You can afford green but not a grinder? WTF

  11. carpetkush420 says:

    haha would a can of beef jerky work lol

  12. Anonymous says:

    why buy a grinder when we can make a sick MacGyver one. stop bitching at us for being cheap on a thread about homemade grinders. why did u type in “how to make a homemade grinders” if you are against them anyway. u sirs, are retards

  13. Nunyabizz says:

    Put on a pair of gloves and roll the weed around the palm of your hands and a mini colander to sift the stems and seeds out

  14. myboi says:

    get the fuckin slap chop. slap yo weed all grinded down niggahs

  15. ScottishSchmoker says:

    wtf just buy a grinder. less time making one = more time to get high!

  16. Worked for me says:

    a metal colander and anything you can use to not rub your fingers raw. The wholes are just big enough to let a perfect grind through, but usually not to big for the seeds and stems

    pass it

  17. Worked for me says:

    i mean holes…

  18. reefer party thrower says:

    why are you guys spending money on stuff to make a grinder when you could buy a grinder from a flea market for like 5 bucks

  19. dunSMOKEDitALL says:

    I use an old tin can, cut it about 3/4 of an inch from the end, then cut jagged lines 1/4′ into the fresh cut ends, fold the jagged ends in so they don’t collide when you twist it, put bud in the center, twist it on its side, and it’ll all get grinded up fine.

    ps. as an added touch, you can put the can inside the best fitting piece of PVC pipe.

  20. MadMike says:

    Just use an axe real fast or buy a Mendo.

  21. dkilby95 says:

    i’ve used one of those enclosed-twist style cheese graders

  22. SevenfoldCircle says:

    There are some great ideas in here, and some not so great ideas, but props to those who are still creative and have some ingenuity. Screw the nay-sayers. People uninterested in making a homemade grinder should just ignore this post … OBVIOUSLY

  23. Icekold says:

    If you have a utility knife or razorblades, it will slice through like butter…still prefer my grinder though.

  24. weed says:

    i know what u guys should use for a grinder A BLENDER yea or no

  25. 280 says:

    I just made a great grinder out of some regular lego bricks and special lego gears and axles.

  26. Connor says:

    I was in a pinch and i needed to grind my weed but didnt have a grinder. I ended up using a pill bottle and a quarter and shook it, this method works perfectly every time.

  27. mackboy says:

    get a shot glass, put ur bud in the shot glass and chop it up with some sissors found around the house.

  28. BrokerToker says:

    Me use the slapchop man. Its fun as hell and does a pretty good job

  29. Sid the blazer says:

    Hey u know wat i did? i took a metal pellet can and washed it real well then i took some really short screws and screwed them in both sides of the can (which is similar to a can of dip)in the pattern of my friends grinder and it grinds better than my friends grinder lol. it works wonders and barely cost anything.

  30. Smoker4life says:

    I smoke 2 joints wen I wake up in da car I smoke 2 joints I smoke 2 joints wen I play video games and evry 10,000 points I smoke 2 joints in time of peace and 2in time of war I SMOKE 2 JOINTS BEFORE I SMOKE 2 JOINTS AND THAN I SMOKE 2 MORE

  31. 420token says:

    Take 2 cinderblocks put weed on one and block on top rubb step 2 smoke

  32. Thedreadedbeard says:

    Man, every stoner in England must own a grinder. Most have the cheap plastic shit, but everybody’s got. It works fine for me. Gets used every day and replaced like once a year for a few quid. The system works

  33. Cman says:

    Take a chew can dump out its contents and put small nails through the top and bottom around the area of the chew can put your weed in and put the cap nack on and your done

  34. Dirty Bird says:

    Screws inside of a coffee cup. Take your wifes vibrator “The high powered one” and apply it to the cup. In 3 Minutes it is perfect!

  35. bcrowley says:

    Why not just use your fingers like the rest of the tokers without a quality grinder?

  36. iamYEDDI says:

    sell a dub…take ten out….and BUY A FUCKN GRINDER!!!

    oh….then take the other ten and buy more tree!

  37. Stan Breish says:

    Anyone ever hear of a cheese grater? All of you 14 year old pot heads go into your mothers dish drawer and “borrow her cheese grater for a science project”.

  38. pots GOOD :D says:

    all these good ideas the quarter ans pill bottle dont work just tried it used a slap chop and my mom almost caught me

    • Josh Brubaker says:

      LOL ur moms almost caught u?? If ur mom is governing ur drug use ur probably too young to be smokin man let ur mind and body develop healthier you will appreciate it in the long run and actually enjoy the benefits of marijuana at a much higher satisfactory level(no pun intended lol) not trying to be a super dick, half sarcastic half not, these are the most important years of your life. At least do your self a favor and wait until your out of high school. I always said, well I do my
      Homework and I get good grades(graduated with honors, took the SATs high after a hefty wake and bake sesh and almost scored an 1100) However, I know for a fact that had I not tried smoking weed when I was 9 years (old due to ignorant and terrible people that had great influence over me) and then smoking habitually after the summer of my 14th year on this planet, I would have done even better in school, been more active in sports and my community, and probably not be smoking as much as I have and continue to today. And I live in this wonderful state of Washington where I’ve carried a medicinal cannabis license since I turned 18 and now those who don’t can legally obtain and use if they are consenting adults over the age of 21. Just something to think about, u can tell me to fuck off for all I care. But if typing this out influences even just one person that read it, that’s worth it to me.

  39. jeremy says:

    Well if you cant find a grinder get a cheese grader and use the very fine side and gring.it up , abra kadabra you got youself a grinder.

  40. kalkidan habtamu says:

    hi iam Katy from Ethiopia and built a nice grinder

  41. Vicky Sawant says:

    I wanna try it.

  42. greengiant says:

    i use a mortar and pestel.

  43. meatbeater says:

    h8ers gon h8

  44. No says:

    I use my teeth to rip it apart, works great and tastes great

  45. nipples says:

    I always use my hands

  46. papa mike says:

    Old squeeze type flour sifter…works perfect!

  47. Jkjk755 says:

    What I did is get some small pins with decent length but the small bubbles in top and I poke then thru a plastic chew can like jack links beef chew. Put the pins on both sides with as many pins as you can fit and it works wonders. Thumbtacks work but now as well

  48. jakeR says:

    put some coins in a pill bottle with weed….shake. works well

  49. choplord says:

    why not just learn how to chop with scissors you fukn peasant cunts

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