How to Make a Marker Pipe


A marker pipe is a way to smoke your tobacco when your usual pipe is not available. A marker pipe can be made at home using some household items. An Avery hi-liter is a perfect marker to use for the marker pipe because of its size and how easy it is to disassemble. Construction can take less than a minute, and the marker pipe can be kept for when your usual tobacco pipe is not available. However, using a marker pipe is dangerous and should be avoided when possible.

Things You'll Need

  • Needle-nosed pliers
  • Socket bit
  • Metal pipe screen
  • Scissors
  • Remove the cap from the tip of a marker. Grab the sponge tip of the marker with needle-nosed pliers and pull it out of the marker.

  • Turn the marker over and use the needle-nosed pliers to remove the bottom cap of the pen, opposite the tip, by grabbing the rim of the cap and prying or pulling it off of the marker.

  • Turn the marker upside down and let the tube of ink fall out of the marker tube. Discard the tube of ink and the sponge tip, but keep two marker caps for later use.

  • Find a socket bit the same diameter as the marker tube. Place the socket bit with the large opening facing up inside the marker tube. The socket bit should rest just inside the edge of the marker tube.

  • Place a metal pipe screen inside the opening of the socket bit and over the hole inside the bit. If the metal pipe screen is too large, trim the screen with scissors until it fits tightly into the socket bit.

Tips & Warnings

  • Always use the pipe face-up. Place tobacco on the pipe screen in the socket and keep the socket bit facing up. Your tobacco will fall out if you face it down.
  • Wash the empty marker tube with soap and warm water before use.
  • Place an inflammable object under the socket bit, inside the marker tube, if the socket bit falls down too far into the marker tube to light it.
  • Inhaling plastic fumes is very dangerous. The marker will burn if it gets too hot and you will inhale the fumes.
  • This method is not safe by any means, but it is functional.


  • Photo Credit marker image by dmitry_kim from
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