How to Make a Punching Bag With Pillows

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Things You'll Need

  • Sand

  • Pillowcases

  • Duct tape

  • Duffel bag

  • Pillows

  • Rope

  • Stand or hanging hook

Exercise and relieve tension with a punching bag.

A punching bag is a useful item in any home. When you have had a tough day, and feel the frustration levels rising inside, taking your feelings out on a punching bag can provide relief from your tension. It also provides an excellent aerobic workout, and strengthens your arms and shoulders. Practice throwing punches is required for training as a boxer and useful for those learning karate or other martial arts. If you do not have access to a standard punching bag, you can use pillows and some household items to come up with your own.


Step 1

Pour 5 pounds of sand into each of four pillowcases. Use duct tape to securely fasten the top of the pillowcases, keeping the sand bags tight.

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Step 2

Place the sand bags inside a large duffel bag, spacing them evenly.


Step 3

Fill the rest of the duffel bag with old pillows, packing as tightly as you can. Zip the bag shut.

Step 4

Run bands of duct tape around the duffel bag, circling the top, middle and bottom. Tape a strip of tape over the zipper.

Step 5

Loop rope through the bag's handle, and use duct tape to fortify the knot by covering it completely.


Wear gloves to protect your hands.


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