Men and women have confessed to using all sorts of things as makeshift dildos, from cowbells to flashlights. Alas, sex toys can be expensive, tricky to hide, and maybe just not the right shape for you. There are plenty of reasons why you’d wanna know how to make your own dildo – who doesn’t want to customize their masturbation experience?
In this guide, I look at 14 homemade dildos made from household items, as well as intermediate and advanced projects that require some more effort. Let’s dive in!
When you’re putting household items inside your body, there is a lot of stuff that can go wrong. Every makeshift dildo is different, but here are some homemade sex toy safety tips that apply to most DIY sex toys:
9 times out of 10, you need to use a condom with a homemade sex toy. The only materials that are safe to put inside your body are things like medical-grade silicone, ABS plastic, borosilicate glass, and stainless steel. Even if you’re using an item made from these materials, it needs to be thoroughly sanitized before going inside you.
Alas, put a condom over your makeshift toy to guarantee that you won’t get any nasty infections or injuries. The condom acts as a body-safe barrier between you and the DIY dildo, and many come pre-lubricated or ribbed for your pleasure.
What are dildos made of? Most high-quality sex toys are made from body safe materials like silicone and ABS plastic. However, many cheap dildos are made from low-quality materials like PVC and Jelly Rubber which can cause infections. Dangerous Lilly’s Toxic Sex Toys Guide has more information.
Don’t use any items which could easily break, snap, or shatter. For example, you might have heard of glass sex toys, but glass toys are made from tempered shatterproof glass – a regular old glass bottle or tumbler isn’t going to have the same stability and could easily shatter inside your body.
I don’t even want to think about that last sentence. Urgh.
Similarly, items made from wood could snap and/or splinter, while fruits and vegetables could snap in half if you use them too vigorously. Make sure you aren’t going to cause injury with your home made sex toys.
When I was a teenager, I put my phone on vibrate, put it inside a condom, and used it as an anal dildo (when phones looked more like this). I accidentally let the phone slip into my rectum and my butthole closed up, trapping the phone inside. I’ve never had such a heart attack! I thought my parents would be taking me to hospital with a phone up my arse. Jesus.
Luckily, I managed to grasp the end of the condom and carefully relax my anus while pulling the phone out of me – but that was a close one! Be very careful to avoid makeshift toys that could get lost inside your body – this is VERY important if you’re looking for a homemade anal dildo. Don’t make the same mistake I did!
If you want to make a homemade anal dildo, you need to produce something which has a flared base so it cannot accidentally slip inside you. The best anal dildos have a flared base or are too long (around 14+ inches) to get stuck inside your bottom.
You might be thinking “is it safe to put a cucumber in you?”. Generally speaking, it’s fine to put a (ripe) cucumber inside your vagina as long as it’s covered in a condom and the surface is smooth. If you want to try anal cucumber play, be sure that the cucumber is very long and unable to slip inside you – leave plenty of inches outside your body at all times.
Cucumbers essentially act like a large, thick dildo.
Bananas make great homemade sex toys because they can be used by either sex. Men can use the peel of a banana as a homemade vagina, while ladies can use a full, ripe banana as a homemade dildo. Just make sure that you cover it in a condom, use plenty of lube, and don’t insert the end that was stuck to the branch.
If you happen to have a passion for drumming, drumsticks can make great little small dildo stand-ins. They’re skinny, they have a tapered end, and they’re usually pretty sturdy. Wooden drumsticks can be covered in a condom for splinter protection, though occasionally you can get hard plastic drumsticks which may be cleanable.
If you want a real sex toy but can’t afford one, did you know that you can buy used sex toys online? Subreddits like r/UsedSexToys allow users to sell/buy certain used sex toys if they’re made from body-safe materials and able to be sanitized.
Looking for a DIY vibrator? Try cleaning your electric toothbrush handle and then holding the vibrating base against your clitoris for intense clitoral pleasure. You could also try covering the base in a condom and then inserting it into your vagina while the toothbrush is on, creating a homemade vibrator.
Another phallic foodstuff to make the list, carrots are obviously a great choice due to their stiffness, length, and naturally tapered shape. Again, just make sure that they’re smooth, covered, and easy to hold. The average carrot is around 6 inches, so they’re just the right size for replicating a real penis.
Have you got a hard plastic powder brush with one of those thick plastic handles? Try cleaning the handle and then putting it inside you. Just make sure it’s thoroughly clean – we’re not trying to give your genitals a smokey eye.
Okay, it’s not a “dildo” as such, but detachable shower heads make great DIY vibrators, especially if you live in an area with decent water pressure. Make sure that the temperature is nice and lukewarm before play, and check that no one is about to start doing the dishes downstairs!
If you’re more of a bath person, the WaterSlyde Water Diverter is a pretty cheap sex toy which diverts tap water onto your pussy, creating a similar pleasurable effect.
As long as you cover it with a condom, a well-sized corn on the cob can make for a very interesting and intense makeshift dildo, with all those nodules of corn creating very unique and intense sensations inside your body. You can even buy corn on the cob dildos on Etsy and from certain Amazon sellers and sex shops.
If you’ve got a shampoo or conditioner bottle which is relatively long and narrow, you may be able to use it as a DIY dildo as long as you cover it with a condom for protection. The suitability is going to vary wildly from bottle to bottle, so take this one with a pinch of salt. Good luck getting one of these inside you.
You can get plenty of generic back massagers and body massager wands that are designed to relieve tension and sore muscles after a long day. However, many of them also make for great DIY vibrators.
The famous Hitachi Magic Wand vibrator originally started life as a back massager before being rebranded as a vibrator.
It’s the 2020s, so it’s safe to say that you have a smartphone. Well there are apps such as the Massager Vibration App that allow your phone to be used as a vibrator, giving you multiple vibration settings for clitoral pleasure. I would not recommend putting the phone inside you, but the clitoral stimulation is unreal.
Orgasming? There’s an app for that.
So many girls using dildos start out with a hairbrush handle in their teenage years, and for a good reason! They’re long, they’re thin, they’re often made from plastic, and you can easily put a condom over them. Make sure that the shape and size are adequate for you, and be extra careful if the hairbrush is wooden.
If you happen to be a gamer (and you’re not part of the PC Master Race) then your PS4 or Xbox controller can make a handy little external vibrator when you’re playing a game or testing your vibration settings.
Perhaps shoot a lot of machine guns on first-person shooters while holding the controller against your clit. You could be the virtual Xenia Onatopp!
Looking for a beginner’s toy that isn’t too big and scary? Put a condom over the end of your toothbrush handle and insert it into your vagina for some small dildo play. Obviously, you might want to avoid the bristles.
Alas, there’s more than one way to create a homemade pussy toy! Here are some other ideas for how to make a dildo:
The famous Clone a Willy Kit allows guys to create a silicone replica of their cock, complete with a single-speed bullet vibrator for added vibes. This penis molding kit produces a lifelike silicone dildo of their penis, but it’s easier said than done. For one, maintaining an erection long enough to create a penis mold is a challenge in itself.
Still, there are various colors available for these kits, including light skin tones, darker skin tones, bright non-realistic colors, and even glow-in-the-dark neon finishes. If you really like the shape of your male partner’s cock and you want to create your own dildo based on his shape, look no further!
We recently did a Clone a Willy review where we look at the process in more detail, but Empire Labs’ very own Clone a Willy video gives you an idea of what’s involved.
If you’ve been following SexToyCollective for a while, you’ll know that I’m a big fan of using IKEA products for home made sex toys. Here are a couple of suggestions on how to make your own custom sex toy with products found in IKEA:
1. Take a GUBBRÖRA rubber spatula and wrap the handle in a HÄREN washcloth or similar soft cloth.
2. Use a couple of rubber bands to secure the washcloth around the spatula handle.
3. Cover the toy with a condom, lube it up, and get busy.
Here’s a slightly more complex one to try:
1. Buy a thick marker pen like the MÅLA whiteboard pen.
2. Take a cheap pillow like the SKÖLDBLAD pillow, cut a hole in it, and remove some of the stuffing.
3. Place some of the stuffing into an empty condom, filling it about halfway.
4. Put the marker pen in the condom, filling in the rest of the condom with stuffing.
5. Tie a knot at the end of the condom, lube it up, have fun!
It’s also possible to make homemade vagina toys and DIY fleshlights for guys. Our 25 DIY Fleshlights Guide has tons of tips on making homemade pussy toys from everyday materials. Many of them are also found on the shelves of IKEA.
It's hardly opulent, but this method is great for making a slightly more customizable DIY sex toy:
1. Wet a bunch of toilet paper
2. Stuff it into an empty condom until you get the size you want
3. Tie a knot at the end of the condom
4. Lube up and enjoy!
If you want to properly produce a new silicone dildo from scratch, creating a sex toy as high-quality as the ones you see on sites like Etsy, then this section is for you. In fact, if you get good enough and have some business savvy, you might be able to set up your very own Etsy sex toy shop!
Looking for inspiration? Vixen Creations is well known for their high-quality premium silicone dildos which come in a range of shapes, colors, and sizes. Creating custom dildos since 1992, Vixen Creations continue to be held in high regard by the sex toy community.
The Sex Toy Collective’s Dildo University course, hosted by Brandie, shows you how to cook up sex toys of various shapes and sizes. The course is split into 5 sections as follows:
You start by taking some modelling clay to mold a basic dildo model for the shape that you want. Brandie shows you how to mold the basic shape for a penis (although you’re free to choose different shapes) and then attach it to a flared base. You’ll see how to carve out finer details such as veins and glans details if you want to.
In part 2, you’ll learn how to make a “block mold” with silicone, a cardboard box, and a disposable drinking cup. You can use a pressure chamber to speed up the process, or you can leave it to happen naturally. This isn’t the only option – you can also craft a “glove mold”, which Brandie covers in Part 3.
This process is tricky, because the silicone starts to dry and cure in just 2-5 minutes, but it’s one of the most common ways to construct a homemade dildo. In this video, Brandie uses a soda can and some Ecoflex rubber which is often used in film/TV productions. By the end of this step, you’ll have a soft silicone cast which can be turned inside out.
In this part, you’ll learn how to make a dual-density dildo. In other words, the inside of the toy is firm, while the exterior is softer and more pleasing to the body. Basically, your toy will be stiff yet soft to the touch, which is ideal for many forms of dildo play. Feel free to get creative and bold with the color of the exterior.
When you make a silicone sex toy, you’re inevitably exposing the silicone to air, creating small air bubbles which can cause flaws in your toy and affect its structural integrity. In part 5, Brandie shows you how to use a vacuum chamber to “degas” your silicone – remove the air bubbles out of it, leaving it incredibly stable and strong.
There is also an “advanced techniques” section where Brandie talks you through some more complex sex toy creation techniques such as adding a “cum tube” to produce an ejaculating dildo or creating a toy with cool marbling effects on the surface. If you really want to make your own sex toys, these advanced techniques take things to the next level.
I hope you enjoyed this guide on how to make your own dildo! Whether you’re shoving a condom on a cucumber or you’re creating advanced pieces of silicone art, I wish you luck on your sex toy creation journey. Just remember to stay safe, have fun, and always take precautions when putting objects inside you!
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