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How to Make a Butt Plug: A Comprehensive Guide

By Utimi Team On Jun 07, 2024

A boy is eager to explore the world of butt plugs. He wants to try anal masturbation with a butt plug but can't buy one because of his parents. He is wondering if there's anything around the house that can serve the purpose.

The answer is yes. He could find the answer here.
Making a homemade butt plug is indeed possible, but it's not without its risks.
Always remember, buying a professionally made plug from a reputable vendor is best. If you must have something inside you right now, here are some options and advice, with the understanding that you use these DIY solutions at your own risk.

What Is a Butt Plug?

A butt plug is a sex toy that goes in the anus. Butt plugs come in many shapes, sizes, and textures. They usually look like cones – starting narrow and getting wider before narrowing again – but can also be long and ribbed. Some butt plugs vibrate or have a remote control function. They should also have a wide base to prevent the toy from going in too far. Unlike many other sexual toys, such as dildos, a butt plug is meant to remain in place during sexual play.
Some people use butt plugs to prepare for anal sex. The tip of the plug stimulates nerve receptors in the anus, prostate, and vagina, which can also relax the anal muscles. It’s a common myth that only gay men like anal play. Sexual preferences vary from person to person, regardless of their sexual orientation, and any gender can enjoy using a butt plug.

What Are Butt Plugs Made Of?

The safest materials for butt plugs are silicone, Pyrex glass, and stainless steel.
These are nonporous, so they can be properly sanitized and disinfected between uses.
Sex toys made from porous materials – like rubber, vinyl, nylon, and leather – may not be body-safe.
The sex toy industry is not regulated, even though these items go inside your body. Toys made from plastic or acrylic may also leach harmful chemicals into your anus.

Is it Safe to Use Homemade Butt Plugs?

When considering a DIY butt plug, consider why you would want one in the first place. You should carefully consider the household items you will use if you're really ready for butt play and can't purchase one. It is important to ask yourself the following questions:
  • Does the object's material contain pores that may trap bacteria within the anus?
  • Could the material be too absorbent, like cotton tampons, trap bacteria, and cause infection?
  • Does the object fit well into the anus without breaking or tearing?
  • Do you really need a household item, or could you get a sex toy from the store?
DIY anal plugs should only be used on rare occasions, and most importantly, the items you use must be safe for you. So, try to avoid using homemade butt plugs in public, as many people enjoy doing so.

How to Make a Homemade Butt Plug

There are two main categories of DIY butt plugs that you can make at home: non-durable and durable DIY butt plugs. Non-durable homemade butt plugs can be made from zucchinis, sweet potatoes, and cucumbers. Please note that such plugs can spoil quickly and thus can be considered "one-off" plugs. In contrast, durable DIY butt plugs can be made from wood or clay, and these will generally have a longer lifespan.
It's important to pick an item that will fit all your desired pleasure points. Some people may prefer a curvy butt plug, while others will go for a straight one. The key is to find what works best for you, and for that, you need to experiment by exploring your backdoor pleasure points.



Vegetables are often considered because of their varied shapes and sizes, which can mimic the tapered design of commercial butt plugs. Common choices include carrots, cucumbers, and zucchini.
  • Availability: Easily found in most kitchens.
  • Variety: Different sizes to suit personal preferences.
  • Safety: Vegetables can break or become lodged inside, posing a significant health risk.
  • Hygiene: They can carry bacteria and are difficult to sterilize completely.
  • Preparation: Thoroughly wash and peel the vegetable to remove any dirt and bacteria.
  • Protection: Use a condom over the vegetable to provide a barrier against bacteria.
  • Shape: Ensure the vegetable has a natural stopper or base to prevent it from getting lost inside.


Toothbrushes might seem like a handy option due to their narrow shape and availability. However, their design makes them a poor choice for anal insertion.
  • Size: The slim profile might appear suitable for beginners.
  • Design: Toothbrushes lack a flared base, increasing the risk of them becoming lodged inside.
  • Texture: The bristles and handle edges can cause irritation or injury to the delicate anal tissue.
  • Modification: Attach a stopper to the handle end, but this is not recommended due to potential safety issues.
  • Hygiene: Ensure the toothbrush is new and clean, but be aware that it is not designed for this purpose.


Candles are sometimes considered due to their shape and rigidity. However, using candles as butt plugs comes with specific risks that must be addressed.
  • Shape: Many candles have a tapered design similar to commercial butt plugs.
  • Rigidity: The firm structure can provide a feeling of fullness.
  • Material: Candles can break easily, especially when softened by body heat.
  • Hygiene: Wax can harbor bacteria and is not designed for internal use.
  • Base: Most candles lack a flared base, increasing the risk of them becoming lodged inside.
  • Selection: Choose a candle with a smooth, even surface and a tapered shape.
  • Preparation: Wrap the candle in a condom to create a barrier and improve hygiene.
  • Base: Modify the base to include a stopper or flared edge to prevent it from being fully inserted.

Hairbrush Handles

Hairbrush handles are often considered because of their ergonomic shape and length. However, their safety depends on their design and material.
  • Shape: Many hairbrush handles are smooth and tapered.
  • Availability: Easily found in most households.
  • Design: Most hairbrush handles lack a flared base.
  • Material: Handles made of wood or low-quality plastic can splinter or break.
  • Selection: Choose a hairbrush with a smooth, non-porous handle.
  • Modification: Ensure the handle has a natural stopper or attach one for safety.
  • Protection: Use a condom over the handle to ensure hygiene.

Specially Shaped Bottles

Specially shaped bottles, such as small perfume bottles, might be considered due to their smooth and varied shapes.
  • Shape: Small bottles often have a smooth, bulbous end that might seem suitable.
  • Rigidity: Bottles are firm and provide a consistent shape.
  • Material: Glass bottles can break, and plastic bottles may not be body-safe.
  • Base: Most bottles lack a flared base, increasing the risk of them becoming lodged inside.
  • Selection: Choose a bottle made from high-quality, shatter-proof glass or body-safe plastic.
  • Preparation: Wrap the bottle in a condom to create a barrier and ensure hygiene.
  • Base: Ensure the bottle has a natural stopper or modify it to prevent full insertion.

Clay Objects

Clay objects might be considered due to their moldable nature, allowing for custom shapes. However, they come with significant risks.
  • Customizability: Clay can be molded to any shape and size.
  • Creativity: Allows for personalized designs.
  • Material: Clay can be porous and may break or crumble, posing a risk of internal injury.
  • Hygiene: Porous materials can harbor bacteria and are difficult to sterilize.
  • Selection: Use non-toxic, body-safe clay.
  • Sealing: Ensure the object is properly sealed and glazed to reduce porosity.
  • Base: Mold a flared base into the object to prevent it from getting lost inside.

Glass Objects

Glass objects are popular for their smooth surface and aesthetic appeal. However, they must be handled with care.
  • Smoothness: Glass provides a very smooth, non-porous surface.
  • Rigidity: Glass is firm and provides consistent pressure.
  • Breakage: Although glass can be strong, there is a risk of it shattering or cracking.
  • Temperature Sensitivity: Glass can become too hot or too cold, which might be uncomfortable.
  • Selection: Choose high-quality, shatter-proof borosilicate glass.
  • Inspection: Regularly inspect for cracks or chips before use.
  • Base: Ensure the glass object has a flared base to prevent it from getting lost inside.

Real-Life Experiences

One user shared that they once put a couple of ice cubes up their bum. They felt cold on the anal lips, but since there are no temperature sensors inside, it just felt like a small lump. After a few minutes, they went to the toilet and expelled all the water.
Another story involved someone who put a condom over the end of a bottle of beer and used it as a butt plug while masturbating. While these methods provided temporary stimulation, they underscore the need for proper safety measures and highlight the potential risks.
Tampons. Absolutely not! Despite some claims of safety and effectiveness, they cannot endorse using tampons as butt plugs. Made of cotton, tampons can harbor germs and bacteria, which may be absorbed into the bloodstream. Additionally, there's the risk of toxic shock syndrome. Women are only allowed to use tampons for a limited time, and considering the sensitivity of anal skin, the timing for toxic shock syndrome onset is unpredictable. Therefore, tampons as butt plugs are a firm no.


How to Use a DIY Butt Plug Safely


Staying In and Staying Out

Make sure your plug has an easy-to-grip base to prevent it from being taken in by the anus and traveling up into the colon. A large ring or pull cord is also acceptable for safety. If you do lose a butt plug inside of your anus, you’ll need to go to the emergency room to have it removed. This isn’t uncommon, so try not to feel embarrassed. According to a 2023 analysis published in The American Journal of Emergency Medicine, between 2012 and 2021, nearly 39,000 Americans visited the ER to have a foreign object removed from their rectum.


Unlike the vagina, the anus doesn’t create its lubricant. Using lubrication helps prevent soreness and tears in the delicate tissues that line both the rectum and the anus. It also usually makes anal play feel more pleasurable. You can use a water- or silicone-based lube with a butt plug, but which one is best depends on the type of toy. For silicone toys, use a water-based lube, since silicone and oil-based lubes can make these types of toys degrade faster. Silicone lube is compatible with hard material toys, like glass and metal.

Use the Bathroom First

It’s a good idea to try to empty your bowels up to half an hour before anal play. A butt plug stimulates the pudendal nerve, which controls the muscles that help you poop. While this can feel good, it might also make you feel like you have to use the bathroom. Accidents happen – and they’re nothing to be embarrassed about – but emptying your bowels ahead of time might help you feel more at ease. Some people also like to douche before anal play by using a small device to squirt water into the rectum to clean it out, but this can thin the protective mucus inside of your anus, which raises your chances of getting an infection. Taking a warm bath or shower beforehand is a safer way to feel clean.

Who Shouldn’t Use a Butt Plug?

If you have hemorrhoids, anal fissures, or a prostate condition, you should talk to your doctor before using a butt plug, since anal sex toys might make these conditions worse.

How to Start With a Butt Plug

Anal play is more enjoyable when you are relaxed. If you are tense, you’re more likely to tear the tissue around your anus. It’s a good idea to start slow and pay attention to how you are feeling. If you’re new to anal play, you can start with something smaller than the butt plug. A finger is usually a great tool for warming up. Put lube on your finger and gently stroke or circle the opening of the anus before inserting the tip of your finger. Once you feel the internal sphincter — the muscle that’s directly inside the anus – relax, you can push your finger in further. If you don't want to spread bacteria from the anus to other parts of the body, or you want to keep your hands clean, wear a disposable latex or nitrile glove. When you’re relaxed enough to fit a finger or two inside, you’re ready to insert the butt plug. If a small butt plug feels comfortable, you can try a larger one.
Experiment with different positions for butt plug insertion to find out which one is best for you. Each person is different and will find some positions more comfortable based on their specific anatomy. If you’re new to butt plugs, it’s best to start by wearing one for a few minutes at a time. You can gradually increase how long you wear a butt plug. Your anus is sensitive, and wearing a plug for extended periods can cause discomfort, tissue damage, or ulcers. Some people use numbing creams to avoid discomfort during anal play. But this will prevent you from feeling when your body wants you to stop. For your safety, avoid using numbing cream during butt plug use.

Butt Plug Aftercare

When you’re ready to remove your butt plug, relax and gently pull it out. If it feels stuck, don’t panic – this will cause your muscles to tense up, making it even more difficult to remove. Instead, apply some lubricant around the plug and gently push as if you were having a bowel movement. Try not to push too hard, though, or you could be more likely to get hemorrhoids.
Because anal tissue is thin, it bleeds more easily than other parts of your body. If you notice a small amount of blood when you remove your butt plug, or when you wipe, don’t worry. Most small, internal tears will heal on their own. If you feel any discomfort, a warm bath can help speed up the healing process.

Butt Plug FAQs

What is a butt plug and how is it used?
A butt plug is a sex toy designed for anal insertion to enhance sexual pleasure. It has a tapered shape for easy insertion and a flared base to prevent it from getting lost inside the body. It's used by applying lube, gently inserting it, and wearing it for varying durations based on comfort.
Are butt plugs safe to use?
Yes, butt plugs are safe when used correctly. Choose a plug with a flared base, use plenty of lube, and listen to your body. Avoid using plugs made from porous materials, and never force insertion.
How do I choose the right size butt plug for me?
Beginners should start with smaller, slim plugs and gradually work up to larger sizes. Measure the girth and length to ensure comfort. It's better to start small and increase size over time as your body adjusts.
Is it necessary to use lube with a butt plug?
Yes, using lube is essential. It reduces friction, making insertion and removal smoother and more comfortable. Water-based or silicone-based lubes are the most common choices.
How do I properly clean and care for my butt plug?
Clean your butt plug before and after each use with warm water and mild soap or a specialized toy cleaner. For non-porous materials like silicone, glass, and stainless steel, you can also boil them for thorough sterilization.
Can I wear a butt plug for extended periods?
Yes, you can wear a butt plug for extended periods, but it's important to listen to your body. Start with short durations and gradually increase the time. Ensure comfort and hygiene to prevent irritation or infections.

Are there any risks or side effects of using a butt plug?
Risks include minor discomfort, irritation, or injury if not used properly. Always use a plug with a flared base, use plenty of lube, and avoid using it if you feel pain. Consult a healthcare professional if you have concerns.
How can I make insertion easier and more comfortable?
Use plenty of lube, relax, and go slowly. Warm up with smaller toys or fingers. Ensure you're in a comfortable position and take deep breaths to help relax your muscles.
What are the benefits of using a butt plug?
Butt plugs can enhance sexual pleasure, stimulate sensitive nerve endings, and provide a feeling of fullness. They can also be used for anal training and to enhance orgasms during other sexual activities.
Can butt plugs be used during sex?
Yes, butt plugs can be used during sex to increase pleasure for both partners. They can provide additional stimulation and enhance sensations during vaginal or oral sex.
What are some tips for first-time users of butt plugs?
Start with a small, beginner-friendly plug, use plenty of lube, and relax. Go slowly, and stop if you feel any pain. Experiment with different positions to find what works best for you.
How do I know if my butt plug is the right fit?
A proper fit should feel comfortable without causing pain or excessive pressure. You should be able to move and perform daily activities without discomfort. If it feels too tight or causes pain, try a smaller size.
Can butt plugs enhance sexual pleasure?
Yes, butt plugs can enhance sexual pleasure by stimulating the sensitive nerve endings in the anus. They can also provide a feeling of fullness that some people find very arousing.
What types of butt plugs are available?
Butt plugs come in various shapes, sizes, and materials. Common types include vibrating plugs, jewelled plugs, inflatable plugs, and ones designed for extended wear or beginners.
Can I use a butt plug while doing other activities, like walking or sitting?
Yes, many people wear butt plugs while performing daily activities. Start with short durations and ensure the plug is comfortable and securely in place. Always choose a plug designed for extended wear.
How do I safely remove a butt plug?
Relax and take your time. Use additional lube if necessary. Gently pull on the base or stem while pushing out slightly with your anal muscles. Stop if you feel any pain.
Are vibrating butt plugs better than non-vibrating ones?
It depends on personal preference. Vibrating butt plugs offer additional stimulation, which some people find more pleasurable. Non-vibrating plugs provide a more straightforward experience and are often preferred by beginners.
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