How to Make Sex Toys: A DIY Guide

How to Make Sex Toys: A DIY Guide

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Going to your local sex store can be an expensive endeavor, learning how to make sex toys is vital. While it may be exciting to shop around with your partner for vibrators, dildos, and more, your smile will probably fade away during the checkout process. 

Luckily, there’s a way to still have fun without the no-fun price tags! It’s possible to make tons of sex toys at home, like insertion toys, vibrators, and even dental dams or homemade lube. 

In this DIY guide, I’ll cover everything you need to about how to make sex toys at home. So let’s get those creative juices flowing and jump right into it. 

How to Make Insertion Sex Toys

Insertion toys are designed specifically for use with a penis. If you’ve got one of those, you’ll absolutely love the feeling and sensation that an insertion toy can offer. 

The type of sensation you’ll experience depends on the material of the insertion toy. If you prefer something that resembles the texture of a woman’s vagina, then a banana peel should do the trick. For a more firm experience, try an empty toilet paper roll. 

Making an Insertion Toy from a Banana Peel

  • Step 1: Cut the tip of the banana and gently squeeze out the fruit/pulp. 
  • Step 2: Slightly heat the peel in the microwave, but only for a few seconds!
  • Step 3: Gently work your penis into the opening at the end of the peel. 
  • Step 4: Discard the peel when you’ve finished!

If a banana isn’t your cup of tea, you can do the same thing with just about any hollowed-out citrus fruit, like a grapefruit.

Making an Insertion Toy from a Toilet Paper Roll

  • Step 1: Once you’ve finished a roll of toilet paper, grab the cardboard tube that’s left behind. 
  • Step 2: Using a condom, insert it into the tube and fasten the edges to the rim of the cardboard. 
  • Step 3: Squirt some lubricant into the condom and insert your penis – more on how to make homemade lube later on!

This DIY sex toy is great for anyone with a girthier penis. It’s basically the same as jerking off into a sock, but some people like the firmness of the hollow tube. 

How to Make Penetration Toys

A penetration toy is a toy that’s specifically designed to be inserted into the vagina or anus for added pleasure. The most popular penetration toy on the market today is the classic dildo. Dildos come in all shapes and sizes, and they’re all across the board when it comes to price. 

These toys are generally made with smooth, durable materials with some flexibility. Many of them have a handle on the end, allowing you to have a full range of motion during use. 

It’s hard to find a decent dildo for less than $50 these days. But don’t throw away your money; there are plenty of ways to make DIY penetration toys, aka dildos, for much cheaper. 

Pretty much anything can be used for penetration, like a cucumber or banana that hasn’t been peeled. No matter what you choose to use, just make sure that it’s clean before you penetrate. You might also consider wrapping a condom around it for extra protection

How to Make Vibrator Toys

Vibrating sex toys add an added layer of pleasure, especially when they come in contact with a woman’s clitoris. Some of the best vibrators cost well over $100, which is a big price to pay when there are plenty of DIY options. 

Here are a few common household items that can be used in place of a dedicated vibrator: 

  • Electric toothbrush handle
  • Back massager
  • Hair clippers (just remember to remove the blades!)
  • Hand mixers

There are even phone apps that are solely dedicated to vibrating for sex purposes. Many of these apps are completely free! 

No matter what vibrating tool you use, just make sure to clean the device before and after. If possible, wrap a condom around the end that will come into contact with your private parts. This shouldn’t be too difficult if you’re using the handle of an electric toothbrush.

How to Make Dental Dams

Dental dams are especially helpful for staying protected from STIs. According to a promotion from Brown University, here are some basics of this commonly-used piece of protection: 

“Dental dams are small, thin, square pieces of latex that are used for oral-vaginal or oral-anal sex. They get their name from their original purpose for use in dental procedures. Dental dams help to reduce the transmission of STIs during oral sex by acting as a barrier to vaginal and anal secretions that contain bacteria and viruses. They come in a variety of sizes and flavors.”

Unlike sex toys, dental dams are fairly cheap; you can get a pack of 36 for about $10 on Amazon. If you don’t have any time to waste and need a dental dam immediately, there are a few DIY options available, like: 

  • Condoms: If you cut off the tip of a standard condom and unroll the latex into a square, this can serve as the perfect dental dam. 
  • Plastic wrap: Simply cut off a piece of plastic wrap to the ideal size. Avoid using microwavable plastic wrap since this has holes and is less likely to protect against STIs.
  • Latex gloves: Start by cutting the fingers off of a latex glove. Cut along the side of where the pinky once was and lay the latex material flat. 

Whether you use a condom, plastic wrap, or latex glove, a dental dam is always considered a one-time use tool for safe sex. As soon as you’re finished, throw your DIY dam in the trash. 

How to Make Other Stimulation Toys

So far we’ve covered all the basics for making sex toys at home. But there’s so much more to learn! There are tons of things around the house that can be used for sexual stimulation and pleasure, so just get creative. 

Ropes, belts, cable ties, and neckties are all fun tools for anyone who’s into bondage. For more intense stimulation, consider using clamps, like clothespins, hair clips, and clips used to seal your snack bags. 

Just keep in mind that there’s a fine line between pleasure and pain. That’s why it’s best to stick with soft bondage materials, like cotton, silk, and hemp. Some sexual adventurers might think that duct tape sounds like fun, but you’ll quickly come to realize that it’s not!

For gentle stimulation, it’s always handy to have some body lotion or massage oils around. This is perfect for a romantic massage with your partner. 

How to Make Lubricant

While lube isn’t technically considered a sex toy, it can definitely help things to get hot and steamy. There are plenty of lubricants on the market, but a small bottle could set you back $20 or more. 

I personally find that DIY, homemade lubricant works just as well as the commercial-grade stuff, if not better. Here are a few household items that serve as effective lubricant tools: 

  • Aloe Vera: 100% pure aloe vera definitely helps to make things wetter. The cooling aspect of aloe is especially nice. Best of all, you can find a bottle at any pharmacy, drug store, or grocery store for dirt cheap.
  • Coconut Oil: A lot of people use coconut oil for masturbation, and it works just as well when playing around with your partner. Ideally, you should look for organic, unrefined coconut oil, or you can replace it with avocado oil. 

If you do choose to use a common cooking oil as lube, don’t use it with condoms. Oil-based ingredients break down condom materials, so they’re not as effective at preventing pregnancy or STIs. 

DIY Recipe for Water-Based Lubricant

Water-based lubricants are best since they don’t break down condoms. Making a water-based lube at home is simple – just follow these steps: 

  1. Start by mixing 1 cup of water with 4 teaspoons of cornstarch. You can make larger quantities, but stick to this ratio. 
  2. In a small saucepan, bring this mixture to a boil on low to medium heat. Stir constantly, and once it’s combined, remove the pan from heat. 
  3. After the mixture has cooled down, your homemade lube is ready. 

Before using any homemade lube on your body, start out with a test patch. Some people have allergies that they’re not even aware of. To prevent a hive breakout while romancing your partner, test the lube on a small patch of skin to rule out any negative reactions.

More Helpful Safety Tips for Making Sex Toys at Home

Let’s face it, there’s nothing sexier than safe sex! In order to keep your DIY-ing as safe as possible, follow these tips: 

  • Never use anything sharp or pointy on your genitals.
  • Avoid using homemade penetration toys that could break off inside your body.
  • It’s always best to use condoms, dental dams, or latex gloves to lower the risk of STIs.
  • Inspect homemade sex toys before putting them to work. Make sure that it looks safe to use to prevent injuries and accidents. 
  • For homemade vibrators, ensure that any batteries or ports have no corrosion or exposed wiring. Also, never use any electrically powered toys in the bath or shower. Electrocution shouldn’t be a kink of yours!
  • Always properly wash your sex toys before and after use to prevent the growth of bacteria. Once washed, dry your toys properly to prevent mold growth. 
  • When not in use, it’s best to store your toys in a cool, dry place. Separate each toy as best as you can to avoid the spread of bacteria. 

Although a sex-related injury caused by a DIY toy can be embarrassing, it’s actually very normal. In this case, don’t ever feel too ashamed to see a healthcare professional. Trust me, these people are used to treating patients who were just trying to have some fun!


Whether you’re looking for a penetration toy, a vibrating device, or some simple bondage, sexy DIY-ing can help you save money. You don’t have to be a creative master to figure out how to use that cucumber in your kitchen or the electric toothbrush on your bathroom counter!

It’s even possible to make your own homemade lube. Water-based lubes are best if you’re using condoms – just follow the easy recipe above. You can also try coconut oil, but never use this with condoms as it breaks down the material. 

No matter which homemade sex toy you’re using, always use safe practices. Cleanliness is key, and if you’re playing with your partner, condoms and dental dams are highly recommended.