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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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How to Make a Punching Bag from Recycled Materials