How to Make a Punching Bag from Recycled Materials

Do you have pent-up stress that needs to be burned off? Here’s a thought — you could install a punching bag!

You can make this punching bag that’s both eco-friendly and affordable since it’s made from recycled materials. Anyone can do it and it’ll provide you with hours of fun and exercise.

Just watch the video and follow along!

Punching Bag Materials List:

  • 1 – 4-inch-diameter x 3-foot scrap PVC pipe
  • 1 – 10-inch-diameter scrap plywood disc
  • 1 – 4-inch-diameter scrap plywood disc
  • 2 – 3-by-12-foot used carpet pad
  • 1 – roll duct tape

Making a Punching Bag:

  • Cut PVC pipe to length.
  • Cut 10-inch-diameter plywood disc to size, using the bottom of a 5-gallon bucket as the pattern.
  • Cut a 4-inch-diameter plywood disc to fit the interior diameter of the pipe.
  • Attach 4-inch plywood disc to the center of 10-inch plywood disk.
  • Screw the bottom of the pipe to the plywood disc.
  • Cut carpet pad to size using a utility knife.
  • Attach carpet pad to pipe with duct tape.
  • Roll carpet pad on the pipe.
  • Wrap pad in duct tape.
  • Drill holes in the top of the pipe and hang by rope from the ceiling.

Attach pipe to base.     Roll carpet pad on pipe.     Cover pad with tape.

Bonus tip: You can add some polish to this punching bag if you have leather on hand.
Simply wrap the punching bag with a leather sheet and secure with black duct tape for a color-coordinated look.

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  1. nice.. i like it…also u can fill the pipe with sand to add some weight, and i also choose to use carpet instead of padding as i did not want a softer surface..great job!

  2. Great idea!

    You could even modify it to have different diameters at different heights – you could approximate a human shape to allow for target practice, upper-cuts, etc.

    A little experimentation is called for but you could do it maybe by changing the diameter of the inner pipe, or adding more rolls of material.

    Think I’ll give this one a try….

  3. I have some of the materials but i was also thinking of making it with Carpet, pillow fluff, old rags,seran wrap duct tape and a sack.

    cut the carpet into small pieces, take out the pillow fluff and use the pillow fluff, and cut up the pillow sack, than also cut up the old rags, and fill the sack with those materials. wrap the sack with seran(wrap) . use one roll of duct tape to cover the whole bag. than FINISHED! 🙂

  4. I made one. I added pea rock to the core for added weight. Instead of rope I hade a metal tow cable that I used and attached it to a swivel so the bag spins. Super fun project.


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