Creative Homemade Fleshlight Ideas for Those on a Budget

This article will help you create your own masturbator using household products - from recreating an apple pie-loving scene to making your own fleshlight with inner texture
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Last updatedLast updated: December 15, 2022
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The iconic first scene in American Pie lives rent-free our minds. Jim might not have realized it, but he was crafting his own homemade fleshlight. There are many types of Fleshlights available, but a homemade fleshlight (or pocket pussy) can save you money.

We’ve got plenty of ideas for DIY fleshlights. We’ll walk you through how to make a fleshlight. You’ll learn the best ways to craft your own pocket pussy and we’ll provide you with tips and best practices. Soon you’ll be on your way to pleasure-town… no apple pie needed.

If you decide you’d rather buy a sex toy instead of making one yourself, check out our guides for the best male masturbators and best automatic masturbators available.

What You’ll Need

While each idea for a homemade fleshlight is unique, there are a few things you will need. A lot of materials are too rough or unsanitary, so you will want to use latex gloves as a liner. Just make sure you aren’t allergic to latex, first.

You will also want to use plenty of lube. We recommend System JO H2O, which is water-based so it won’t cause irritations and is easy to clean up. You may also want to use condoms for easier cleaning.

Homemade Pocket Pussy Ideas

A pocket pussy is made to look like a vagina for masturbation purposes. There are many you can purchase but you can also create your own. It should have an opening to insert your penis, a comfortable inside, and a way to hold onto it for a firm grip.

1. Using sponge and gloves

With just two materials, a sponge and gloves, you can make all sorts of homemade pocket pussies. You will want to use a latex glove, preferably in a large size, so that you have lots of room to work with. If you are allergic to latex, be sure to use plastic gloves instead. Just make sure they are durable and won’t break while in use.

As for the sponge, you might need to try different types. You can use a thinner piece of sponge that can be rolled up and placed in a small canister. Or you can use pieces of sponge that are then packed in. There is no right way to use the sponge and you might end up trying out different methods to determine what you like best.

On its own

While a lot of our recommendations involve the use of a container, this is more to hold everything together. If you don’t have a suitable container, you can simply use a piece of sponge wrap it around your penis. Either place a latex glove over your penis or use a condom for protection from the roughness of the sponge. Add lube and you’re good to go.

If you find this method too flimsy, we have some alternative suggestions.

In a Pringles can

Head to your grocery store and buy a can of Pringles. After you eat this tasty snack, be sure to save it for later. Pringles cans are absolutely perfect for masturbatory practices. They have enough space inside to be creative and they are also long enough to fit all sizes. Plus, the outer part of the can is still a good size to be able to hold it in your hand.

Line the inside of the can with your sponge. This is where a thin layer of sponge can work well, as you simply cut it to size and wrap it inside. Then, place the glove through the hole in the middle. Finally, use a rubber band to secure the glove over the top.

The result will be an easy to use can that you can manipulate as you seem fit. Use plenty of lube inside the glove and add more or less sponge as needed.

Check out this video demonstrating a similar technique with a plastic drink cup, towel, and latex glove.

With plastic bottle

A plastic bottle is a great receptacle and it is easy to use. Grab any bottle, as long as it is wide enough to fit foam and your member. Cut the top off but, if possible, sand down the edges. Cut plastic can be quite jagged and you don’t want to hurt yourself in the process.

Add sponge. In this case, pieces are better as you can pack them in. Leave a hole and place your latex glove in the middle. Secure it to the top with a rubber band.

With bubble wrap

For a fluffier texture, you can add bubble wrap to your device. Take two pieces of foam and wrap them in bubble wrap. Then, place the two pieces inside a canister, such as a Pringles can or a bottle. You can also tape the two pieces together but it won’t be as rigid. Add more duct tape if you want a better grip on the whole model.

Even though you have bubble wrap to protect you from the foam, you probably still want a latex glove in the middle. A condom also works well. Finally, don’t forget the lube.

2. Using toilet paper roll

You can definitely use a toilet paper roll for your homemade pocket pussy but there is one important step to take, first. Remove the inner cardboard tube. This tube is probably far too tight for an erect penis and it will take away from the sensation you want.

Also, go for at least a double ply, if not a triple ply roll. The softer the toilet paper is, the better the sensation.

While you can use a full toilet paper roll, a smaller one is easier to grip, so this is another consideration. Use a latex glove and place it in the middle hole. This protects your penis from germs and chafing. Finally, use plenty of lube and have fun.

3. Using pool noodle

Pool noodles are made from foam so they have a rigid texture that will hold up while also providing a welcoming sensation on the inside. You can find pool noodles almost everywhere in the summer, including grocery stores, home improvement stores, and dollar stores.

We cannot stress enough that you need to use a new pool noodle. Pool noodles that have been in the pool will come into contact with chemicals such as chlorine. While typically safe, you don’t want your intimate parts to unnecessarily come into contact with extra chemicals.

You can try using a pool noodle on its own but it will probably be too rough. You can also try lube but because of the porous texture, it will most likely not feel great. Instead, either use a condom or place a latex glove down the middle of the noodle and then add lube.

4. Using food

Can you actually use food as a homemade vagina? Yes, but there are a few considerations. First, food particles can enter your penis. You want to be very careful and immediately after finishing, wash yourself. Also, while temperature can add to the sensation, be cautious. Always try the inside of anything that is warm with your finger first. It’s one thing to burn the tip of your finger and another thing completely to burn the tip of your penis.


Abundant in the summer, watermelon has a soft inside and a hard rind on the outside for more stability. It can be left in the fridge for a cooler sensation or on the counter for a warmer experience.

It’s easier to use a smaller watermelon than a larger watermelon, so choose wisely at the supermarket. Take a small watermelon and slice a small hole at the top. You want it to be large enough to fit an erect penis but not too wide to spoil the experience. You may need to use a spoon to scoop out a small canal but remember that watermelon flesh can be pushed to the side so you don’t want the canal to be too wide.

The final consideration is around the hole of the top. If the rind looks too jagged, try to smooth it out. You can also use a towel around the top to protect yourself.

With Gummy bears

There are a few options here but basically you want to harness the elasticity of gummy bears for your pleasure. To start you will need a large cup or a Pringles can; something that is wide enough to make a wall of gummy bears.

Fill the cup of half-way with gummy bears. Try to pack them in a bit so there are no holes. Take a latex glove and make a tunnel in the middle of the cup so there is an even distribution of gummy bears around the side.

Then, use an elastic band to fasten the glove around the side of the cup. Pack everything together so you get a nice feel on all sides.

Because you will be using a latex glove here, you will definitely want to use some lube. While other food fleshlights will have natural lubrication, there is a barrier between you and the gummy bears, so you want to minimize chafing.


Cornstarch is a thickening agent and when used in the right dosage, can make for a very pleasurable DIY masturbator. Start by finding a tall glass. Basically, you want it to be tall enough to fit your penis inside.

Add 100 grams of cornstarch to the glass and then 100 ml of water. Mix well and then add another 100 ml of water. Place the glass in the microwave for one minute. This should thicken the mixture so that you are able to scoop out a hole in the middle.

Place the glass back in the microwave for another 30 seconds. Find a thick utensil and place it further into the hole without hitting the bottom of glass. Leave the mixture to cool for an hour in the fridge.

Once complete, the cornstarch will turn into a solid and it can be removed from the glass. Then, take the stick out and use the hole for your own devices.


Cucumbers have a phallic shape to them and if used correctly, can definitely house your penis. Start by choosing a wider cucumber. Long English cucumbers may be too thin, so it’s best to go with a field cucumber.

Take a knife and hollow out the inside. Be careful to not penetrate the outer skin as you want there to be a sturdy outside. If possible, hollow out the cucumber so it remains intact. If you can’t, or it breaks, simply duct tape it back together.

Apple pie

Even if you have amazing baking skills, we suggest simply purchasing your own pie. It’s a bit disheartening to see all your hard work be destroyed in a matter of minutes. While we suggest apple pies, really, you can use any type available. You may even want to experiment with different fillings to see what their textures are like.

The one caveat with pie is that it isn’t a typical cylindrical shape. You will have to maneuver yourself a bit. Also, be careful so as to not hit your penis on the bottom of the metal tray.

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Finally, while you may want to warm the pie up first, be sure to test it out. Warm is good; hot is not.

Banana peal

Bananas are cheap and readily available, so this is an easy homemade masturbator to make. Instead of peeling the entire banana, you want to be a bit careful so as to try and leave the peel mostly intact. Cut off the top of the banana and gently squeeze out the inside flesh. You should be left with just the banana peel intact. If it tears along the way, simply patch it up with a bit of duct tape.

You can then use your banana peel for your own pleasure. The bottom will be there, so it should act as the perfect DIY pocket pussy.

5. Using towel and gloves

Everyone has an extra towel lying around and latex gloves are easy to find. Combined, they make for a simple but effective homemade fleshlight. If you have any experience with store bought fleshlights, you’ll know how realistic they look. While a towel certainly doesn’t look like a vagina, it is still highly effective.

On its own

There are different ways to fashion this, but we prefer to keep it simple. Place the latex glove over your penis. You can also use a condom if you don’t have a glove. Then, wrap the towel around yourself.

If you want a bit more structure, you can start by first folding the towel into a tight role and then inserting the glove into the middle. Then, you can insert your penis.


A prison slang term, fifi refers to an easy way to make a pocket pussy. Take two latex gloves and fill them half up with warm water. The water should be warm but not hot, to avoid any burns. The gloves shouldn’t be too filled, as they can split open with a lot of friction.

Tie the gloves and then place a third latex glove between the two. This will be where you place your penis. Use the towel to roll everything together, ensuring there is an opening for the glove. The towel acts to keep everything together so there is enough friction.

6. Using furniture and decor

Take a look around you. It’s amazing just how many possibilities there are for you to craft a homemade male masturbator. While we want to encourage you to be creative, remember that this is still a home you live in. Be respectful to other people that live in your home or visitors you may have. Also think about associations you may have after using certain furniture and décor.

One way to enhance these ideas is to use a male vibrator. They are small, discrete toys that slip around your penis. Then, you can control the sensations.


Most couches have loose pillows and this opening is perfect for a homemade fleshlight. Make sure there is enough room between the pillows as you don’t want your penis to hit a metal or wooden frame.

Also, be sure to use a condom. Couches are expensive and hard to clean. Also, you don’t want the embarrassment of someone sitting in old semen as they sit on your couch. Lubed condoms can help with the situation and make cleanup so much easier.


Pillows have long been a DIY masturbator, so it makes sense to include this option on our list. You can use any pillows you want. Some people prefer firmer pillows while others prefer fluffier ones.

We highly suggest putting a condom on first for this act, however. Things can get messy and unless you want the effort of cleaning pillows, or even the expense of purchasing new ones, a bit of preparation can avoid a lot of cleaning up afterwards.

Play around a bit with your pillows to see what works best. You may want to fold one loose pillow around yourself or make a sandwich out of two. Everyone’s preference is different, so experiment as you wish.

Plush toys

Plush toys are useful as homemade fleshlights but you want to go about it the right way. Please do not use an old toy of your child’s. This is just creepy and unnecessary. Instead, go to the store and buy a cheap toy that has no associations.

Find a plush toy that is nicely padded. Then, cut open a small hole. Place a latex glove through the hole and add some lube. You won’t have to make a tunnel as the stuffing will naturally be pushed aside while you work.

Nerf football

Nerf footballs are made out of foam which makes for a great-feeling masturbator. We recommend purchasing a new one for this use. Even though you probably have an old one kicking around, it’s likely stained, ripped, and covered in germs.

To make a masturbator out of this foam football, slice the top tip off. Then, use a spoon to hollow out a hole. Foam is comfortable and squishy, so it will fee great. But it is not naturally lubricating nor is it particularly sanitary. Instead, you will definitely want to put a condom on.

Select a condom that is lubricated for a better feeling. As long as the hole isn’t too wide, you will be able to have a wonderful sensation. Plus, as long as you use a condom you can use the football multiple times.


Before you get too excited here, we do not mean cutting a hole in your mattress. Not only is this not hygienic but it will ruin an expensive piece of furniture. Instead, we suggest using the pressure between your mattress and your bed frame. If you have a box spring, you can also use the space between it and your mattress.

You will have to do a bit of prep work with this suggestion. Find a large Ziploc bag and fill it with Vaseline. Make sure it is completely secured. The bag should be about half-filled so that you can wrap it around your penis without it breaking open. You may need to experiment with how much Vaseline you use.

It’s important to use the bag of Vaseline as both a protector and a lubricant. Once you wrap your penis with the bag, you can then place it between the mattresses and go at it. Just make sure there are no loose springs or wooden splinters. Also monitor your sensations and make sure the area isn’t too tight. If it feels too constricting, it’s best to switch to pillows.

Floral beads

Floral beads are made out of gel and have a smooth, gummy texture to them. You can find them at any craft store and most likely a neighborhood dollar store, too. In addition to the floral beads, you will need a large jar and a latex glove. Lube is also highly recommended.

Fill your jar halfway with the floral beads. Then, take your latex glove and make a small tunnel down the middle. There should be a nice, thick layer of the beads around the edge and at the bottom. Be sure to use a rubber band to secure the glove around the rim.

You can then either place some lube on your penis or directly into the glove and enjoy the sensation.

7. Using clothes

Clothes are versatile and that includes using them for sexual acts. Always use clean clothes. Sweat, grime, and dirt can easily cause infections, which is something you want to avoid. Also, be sure to properly clean your clothes afterwards.


If you’ve watched any teen comedy, there’s usually a scene where a teenaged boy is masturbating into a sock. This is an old custom but one that works well. Simply place a sock over your penis and have at it.

There are a few suggestions we have to make the situation a bit better, however. First, using lube is optional but you may find you have a more pleasurable experience if there is a layer of protection between your skin and the rough texture of a sock.

Second, please use clean socks. Dirty socks are a breeding ground for germs and you don’t want them transferred to your genitals. No good can come of this.

Finally, you need to decide what to do with the sock. Hopefully, you are in charge of your laundry. If this is so, rinse the sock out first before putting it in the laundry. You can also throw your sock in the garbage afterwards, although this can lead to an expensive practice.

Using a condom during the process might make for a more efficient system as you can clean up much easier.

Long sleeve shirt

While not one of the more popular methods of using clothing for masturbating, a long sleeve shirt can work well in a pinch. The one negative aspect of this process is that the sleeve may be too wide to have enough friction. You can get around this by using elastics to tighten up the shirt although this may prove to be too much effort.

If you do try a long sleeve shirt, make sure it is clean. Also, rinse it out afterwards and then wash it. Also, either dedicate a specific shirt to your masturbatory sessions or be prepared to be reminded of your deeds every time you choose to wear it.

Remember the Safety

There are some people who love the challenge of crafting their own fleshlight and then there are those that want to play it safe and simply purchase their own device. There is nothing wrong with either option as long as you put safety first. If you find our suggestions too overwhelming, there are plenty of male masturbators for purchase, such as the Riley Reid Quickshot, which is actually modelled after a famous porn star.

For those who are still interested in making a homemade fleshlight, just be sure to follow a few safety practices.

When possible, use freshly cleaned materials. Clothing, such as socks and shirts, should be clean and not dirty. Likewise if you’re using a pillow, wash the pillowcase first. Also, don’t forget to wash these materials immediately after use.

For food, test the temperature first with your hand and avoid anything that is too hot. Also be sure to clean yourself off immediately after coming into direct contact with food.

Above all else, use lube Trusted Source How lubricant can transform your sex life | The Independent | The Independent There seems to be an incorrect assumption that younger women do not need to use lubrication, and if they do, they have a problem. People use a variety of weird substances as lubricants, but the right kind can make a huge difference . Seriously. To avoid chafing and burns, use lube. You can’t rely on other materials to offer lubrication, so you will need to provide your own.

Final Thoughts

Masturbation is a completely normal activity Trusted Source Masturbation - Is Masturbation Normal or Harmful? Who Masturbates? Why Do People Masturbate? How common is masturbation, and how can it enhance sexuality? Find out more from WebMD. and it makes sense that you want to experiment with different sensations. You can use traditional methods like socks or pillows, or you can get creative and use food such as cucumbers and watermelon. Whatever you decide on, remember certain safety rules. Always use clean materials to minimize the transference of germs. Also, lube is needed in most situations, and really, lube is always a good thing. Crafting a homemade fleshlight can be fun and definitely rewarding. Find the material that works best for you and don’t be afraid to play around.


How lubricant can transform your sex life | The Independent | The Independent
There seems to be an incorrect assumption that younger women do not need to use lubrication, and if they do, they have a problem. People use a variety of weird substances as lubricants, but the right kind can make a huge difference
Masturbation - Is Masturbation Normal or Harmful? Who Masturbates? Why Do People Masturbate?
How common is masturbation, and how can it enhance sexuality? Find out more from WebMD.
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