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How to Make a Punching Bag from Recycled Materials

By: Joe Truini

This homemade punching bag for your kids is a eco-friendly project, since it was made from recycled materials. It’s easy to make and can provide them with hours of fun and exercise.

Punching Bag Materials List:

  • 1 – 4” diameter x 3’ scrap PVC pipe
  • 1 – 10” diameter scrap plywood disk
  • 1 – 4” diameter scrap plywood disk
  • 2 – 3’ x 12’ used carpet pad
  • 1 – roll duct tape

Making the Punching Bag:

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

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


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  • Elon Says:
    January 22nd, 2019 at 9:20 pm

    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.

  • Brandan "TheEagle" BigEagle Says:
    May 24th, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    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! 🙂

  • ML Says:
    February 18th, 2011 at 7:52 pm

    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….

  • johnboy Says:
    November 17th, 2010 at 10:03 am

    pretty nice idea im gonna try and make my own

  • keith Says:
    January 14th, 2010 at 2:16 am

    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!

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How to Make a Punching Bag from Recycled Materials