Fun dessert alert! Did you know you can whip up your own batch of ice cream right at home, without any extra appliances? All you need are the right ingredients and plastic bags. Read on for the “scoop” on how to make ice cream in a bag.
1 tbsp. sugar
1/2 cup milk (will make about 1 scoop of ice cream, can sub soy, coconut or rice milk or use cream)
1/4 tsp. vanilla
6 tbsp. rock salt
1 pint-size plastic food storage bag (e.g., Ziploc)
1 gallon-size plastic food storage bag
1. Fill the large bag half full of ice, and add the rock salt.
3. Put milk, vanilla, and sugar into the small bag, and seal it.
4. Place the small bag inside the large one, and seal it again carefully.
5. Shake until the mixture is ice cream, which takes about 5 minutes.
6. Wipe off the top of the small bag, then open it carefully.
A 1/2 cup milk will make about 1 scoop of ice cream, so double the recipe if you want more. But don’t increase the proportions more than that—a large amount might be too big for kids to pick up because the ice itself is heavy. This ice cream won’t have quite the same consistency as a pint of store-bought, but you can control the ingredients so that’s a big win.
If there is a milk allergy, try this with fruit juice. Use straight pineapple juice—it’s a terrific fruit sorbet. OR rice/soy milk as the milk substitute.
This recipe is courtesy of Yuumii, an online community founded by a San Francisco family who wanted to come up with creative ways to spend more quality time with their kids.
Learn How To Make Cheap Punching Bags for Boxing at Home
Boxing is a great sport to increase your cardio strength and endurance. It’s also a great stress reliever. When beginning boxing, you might not be ready to make the costly investment needed to join a boxing gym or buy the at home equipment. If this is the case you can improvise and make a punching bag at home with very little money.
- Military duffle bag
- Several empty trash bags
- Old clothes
How to make punching bags:
- Purchase the materials. Head to your local army surplus store to purchase a duffle bag. The heavy canvas material is perfect and the long, cylinder shape will make a great heavy bag. Choose a duffle without zippers if possible. Then visit your local craft store for foam sheets at least two inches thick. An old foam mattress pad also might work.
- Line the bag with foam. You want to protect your hands while punching and help the bag last a while so you need the foam layer. Cut the foam so that it fits as a liner for the entire inside of the bag around the sides. Then cut out a bottom and top circle. Wedge the bottom circle in and set the top aside.
Boxing has become a very popular sport and thus many people are interested in learning how to make their own equipment so they can save money while deciding whether or not they like the sport. By following these steps you can learn how to make one at home for under $40. You should be able to use it in your new boxing routine for months before it begins to show wear.
Hitting a punching bag not only helps you get out frustration but also conditions the muscles of your arms, shoulders, chest and core — your abs, obliques and lower back — and burns plenty of calories as well.
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But often costing between $50 and $300, the best punching bags aren't necessarily cheap. Luckily, you can spruce up your personal boxing gym with a cheaper alternative or try a DIY version.
Whether you decide to do some online shopping or go homemade, always wear hand wraps and/or bag gloves when working out to minimize your risk injury. And treat your home like your usual gym, taking the time to warm up and cool down.
Try One of These 4 Alternatives to a Heavy Bag
Although professional punching bags are definitely a more functional option, they're not always available or affordable. Before you try making your own bag, consider some cheaper professional options, says Kevan Watson, co-owner and founder of Box 'N Burn.
1. Aqua Bags
Aqua bags are a great alternative to standard punching bags. Usually under $100 on Amazon, these bags come to you deflated, Watson says. All you do is fill the bag with water and secure it from your ceiling.
2. Shadow Boxing
Or stick with shadow boxing with an imaginary opponent. You may love the feel and feedback of a bag but shadow boxing is a great way to practice your form and agility without the impact of a punching bag, Watson says.
Plus, you can work on your upper body endurance by adding a pair of light dumbbells or hand weights to your shadow boxing session, Watson recommends. No weights? No worries. Instead, use a household dumbbell alternative, like soup cans or water bottles.
4. Homemade Punching Bag
You can make your punching bag with a duffel bag, clothes, rope and duct tape. Although Watson hasn't tried his own DIY punching bag, he thinks this could be a realistic option, as long as you secure your bag properly from a load-bearing beam on your ceiling.
- Turn the duffel bag inside out and check all of the seams for weak spots. Reinforce any seams that need strengthening using sail maker's thread and needle.
- Turn the duffel bag right side out and begin to stuff it with clothes or rags. Alternate a 4-inch layer of clothes with a 1-inch layer of sawdust.
- Compress the filling by putting your foot inside the bag and stamping down the stuffing to pack it as densely as possible. Continue filling the bag until you are 12 inches from the top.
- Shake the filled bag from side to side and then compress the contents one more time by stamping down on the filling.
- Close the bag and tie the rope around the neck.
- Take the middle of your rope and loop it around the neck of the bag. Wrap the rope ends as tightly as you can around the bag, making two or three turns and securing with a knot. Make sure that you leave sufficient rope to hang your bag up.
- Stand the bag on its base and wrap the duct tape horizontally around the bag. Work your way up from base to just below the top in one continuous strip. Make sure that each loop of tape slightly overlaps the previous one so that no duffel bag material is visible.
- Repeat this process until you have two to three layers of duct tape on your punching bag.
- Use the loose ends of rope to secure your punch bag to a suitable overhead anchor.
Workout Tips for Punching Bags
Punching bag workouts quickly get your heart pounding and blast calories. But whether you opt for a water bag, hand weights or a DIY punching bag, there are some safety precautions to keep in mind.
As with any workout, always start your boxing session with a warm-up routine, Watson says. Also, wrap your hands and use a pair of boxing gloves to protect your fists and provide stability to your joints.
When your boxing workout is complete, take the time to cool down, stretch and foam roll as needed. Although jumping in the shower may be your first instinct, setting aside 15 minutes post-workout to recover will help keep you injury-free.
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In this instructable I will show you how to make a cheap punching bag that weighs between 20 and 30 pounds. I made this almost a year ago so I don’t have any pictures of the process. This is also my first instructable, so I hope you like it, and sorry that there aren’t many pictures.
Step 1: Supplies
To make this punching bag you will need:
– 2 drawstring bags
– duct tape
– some sand
– a piece of rope
– and somewhere to hang your punching bag
Step 2: Making the Bag
First, fill one drawstring bag with sand, and put it inside the other drawstring bag. Then duct tape the entire thing except for the very top. Be sure to use a lot of duct tape so that it is strong and doesn’t lose sand.
Step 3: Adding the Rope
Finally tie your rope to the top of the bag and hang your bag somewhere. I hung mine on a hook I put in my ceiling, but you can hang it wherever.
Step 4: Finished
Now your done. Enjoy your cheap, diy punching bag. Just remember that it is filled completely with sand, so start punching lightly and increase power slowly. You don’t want hurt yourself if your not ready to punch something that solid yet.
Punching bags are essential for training in sports such as boxing and certain martial arts. For those wanting to train with a punching bag on a budget, however, some commercial bags can be too expensive. Though the aesthetics and general construction quality may not match that of commercial bags, it is possible to make your own punching bag at home for a fraction of the cost of a commercially-produced bag. There are a few different methods that you can use to make the shell of your bag, though the different shells will serve the same purpose in the finished bag.
Choose a shell for your homemade punching bag. The shell can be made from a large duffel bag that has had its straps removed, hand-sewn from canvas or leather or made from other heavy-duty bags or materials. When choosing a shell, ensure that there are no buckles, buttons or other hard metal materials on it that cannot be removed. Zippers can remain, as they can be more easily covered than most other metal closures.
Punch four holes around the shell of your punching bag using a leather punch or awl, placing the holes an equal distance apart near one of the ends of the bag. Install eyelets in the holes to prevent the shell from tearing once the bag is hanging, since these holes will be used to support the weight of the bag.
Insert a chain or heavy-duty cord through one of the eyelets and feed it through so that it goes out the eyelet on the opposite side; repeat this with a second chain or cord through the other two eyelets. Adjust the position of the two chains or cords until an approximately equal length extends from all four eyelets. Use electrical tape or other fasteners to connect the two lengths of chain or cord where they cross inside of the shell.
Reinforce each length of chain or cord by holding it against the shell in the direction that it will face when the punching bag is hanging, then place a piece of thick canvas or leather that is at least 2 to 3 square inches in size over the eyelet and chain or cord. Sew this piece of canvas or leather in place using double stitches around the chain or cord and the eyelet, creating a “pocket” that provides extra support and prevents unnecessary movement. Add additional stitching around the edge of the canvas or leather to further secure it.
Connect the ends of the chain or cord using wire, metal clips or other materials. If using a cord, you can further reinforce the connection by sewing the cord ends together before wrapping them in wire. Ensure that the connections are strong, as they will have to support the weight of the bag as well as the force of punches while the bag is hanging.
Fill the bag with soft, high-density materials such as camping foam or carpet padding, though you may create a core from other materials such as sawdust or sand. Place the filler material in the shell in layers, compressing it as much as possible before putting the next layer in to ensure that the shell is filled as completely as possible with dense material. To create a sawdust or sand core, place other material several layers thick in the bottom and around the sides. Fill the core with your sawdust or sand, and then add several layers of softer material to the top end to close in the core.
Close the opening in the shell that you used to fill the bag by pulling it taut or zipping it closed. If the shell doesn’t have a zipper, sew the opening shut with a double stitch to prevent it from opening again. If it does have a zipper, cover the entire zipper track with foam or carpet padding and secure it in place with duct tape.
Wrap the target zone of the punching bag with a layer of carpet padding or camping foam. Secure this padding with two to three layers of duct tape. This will not only help to avoid cracks and leaks in your target zone but will also provide you with additional insulation to prevent injury while hitting the bag.
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- You can hang the bag using either a free-standing punching bag frame or a mounting point that has been secured in the rafters or other ceiling support beam. Once the bag is in place, hit it several times from a distance using a bat or other object to make sure that the supports hold and that the bag doesn’t rip or fall. This helps to ensure that your homemade punching bag is safe to use and keeps you out of harm’s way when testing its ability to hang under impact.
- If you don’t have anything that can be used as a shell, you can make an alternative type of punching bag by using a PVC pipe as a core. Wrap the core in carpet insulation or camping foam until it reaches a thickness of around 10 inches, then cover the entire bag in several layers of duct tape. Drill holes through the PVC pipe to add cords to hang the bag with.
- Always provide some sort of insulation in or on your punching bag. Filling an uninsulated shell with nothing but a heavy, dense material such as sand can cause injuries up to and including bloody knuckles and broken bones in the hand, since the filling will not absorb the force of the impact.
Born in West Virginia, Jack Gerard now lives in Kentucky. A writer and editor with more than 10 years of experience, he has written both articles and poetry for publication in magazines and online. A former nationally ranked sport fencer, Gerard also spent several years as a fencing coach and trainer.
All right so welcome to this very short article on “How To Make Punching Bag For Your Kid”, in-home and not to mention you won’t have to invest lots of time to get it done. You only need 3 things!
The method of kids punching bag making we are going to talk about is really easy.
The 3 things you’ll need:
- Water Bottle
- Rope and ribbon
Choose the type of water bottle you will need. Its size can vary depending on your kids’ age. If you are planning to make punching bags for your toddler, then choosing a 250 ml plastic water bottle will be wise.
If your kid is 4 or 5 years old then you may consider any size from 1 liter to 2 liters depending on your requirement.
We recommend getting a sports stainless steel water bottle, the one which with a plastic lid which allows inserting a finger. The reason is with such a bottle you won’t have to make extra effort to hang the bottle.
Coming to hang and rope-ribbon part later. Right now let’s focus on the filler. You can use anything as filler which you can think to put in the bottle. However, putting water, sand or soil will be much easier.
You can put water and sand together if you want to make it heavier. The best part is you can increase decrease the amount of filler to change the weight of the punching bags.
If you are using a plastic bottle, you will need to create a circle with a small rope, and you will need to circle of rope. Then create support using tape to hang your kid’s punching bag. Not clear?
Yeah, we know it’s confusing without video instructions. So take a look at the video below to figure out what you need to do.
Once you have filled the bottle with filler roll it with a towel and tie it with a ribbon for a good look. The towel will give it a more comfortable exterior.
If you are using a stainless steel bottle we recommended then just hang it with a rope.
However, in case if you find some parts of this article confusing we suggest you watch the provided video for better understanding.
Making Punching Bag For Kids At Home: DONE!
Congratulation, great work with the punching bag for kids. Do you know that right now kids having physical and psychological troubles only due to physical inactivity? Getting a fresh homemade punching bag out of mothers’ wardrobe can really cheer them up to stay active.
According to the lancet a leading health publication, physical inactivity has severe consequences. According to WHO more than 3 million people die annually just because of physical inactivity. Only in the USA more people die due to this problem than smoking.
One of the many reasons for this is that we believe in providing our young padawan offspring with plenty of Warrior Hero training. They have unleashed their striking power on my muay thai bag for awhile, but I recently decided to build them their own bag that was scaled down from my 200lb model. I was happy with the end result, especially since I satisfied my goal of using random stuff from my garage for materials.
- Duct Tape (2-3 rolls)
- Entrance mat
- Old clothes
- Trash bag
- Zip lock baggies
- Metal ring
Fold mat into tube and duct tape the seam.
Apply duct tape over entire tube.
Put trash bag in tube and fill with clothes and bags of sand, to desired weight.
Tie bag and duct tape over the bag, through the ring to secure it. Apply tape around the lip of the top of the tube to secure top.
Place tape over the bottom of the tube until the trash bag is covered. Apply tape around the lip of the bottom of the tube to secure it.
6. Attach the chain to the ring and suspend the bag from the ceiling.
Use your punching bag to train your young warriors and help them expend energy so they will fall asleep early. For an example of an adventure course that uses a kids’ punching bag, check out this article on Breaking Muscle.
Punching bags are part of the basic equipment for a boxer, but they can also be used as part of a home exercise regime or as a way to release stress and frustration. Well-made punching bags are sometimes out of reach because of price but they can be made at home, inexpensively, with a few supplies.
Select a shell. Punching bag shells are available in different materials, including canvas, leather, vinyl, nylon and synthetic leather. To minimize the expense, you can use an old army duffel bag. These bags are made of durable canvas, and the cylindrical shape is similar to that of a punching bag.
Prepare the weight. Pack 50 pounds of sand or sawdust into a plastic bag and shape it into a ball. Place this bag in several plastic bags and tie securely. This will prevent the sand or sawdust from spilling out if the punching bag bursts.
Line the punching bag. Use a layer of foam to line the inside of the punching bag. This will keep the bag free of indentations and lumps.
Place the wrapped weight at the bottom of the bag. Pack the space above the weight with filler, such as old clothes, rags or foam, as tightly as possible.
Use a scale to check the weight of the punching bag. According to Doug Werner in “Boxer’s Start-Up: A Beginner’s Guide to Boxing,” a basic punching bag weighs about 70 pounds. If the bag weighs less, follow the directions in Step 2 to create another weight. Place this on top of the fabric or foam.
Close the punching bag by tying or zipping it up. For extra security, you may also want to wrap the opening with strips of duct tape.
Attach hanging chains to the punching bag. The chain should be strong enough to support the weight of the bag and long enough so the bag hangs at a comfortable level for you to use.
Select a sturdy spot from which to hang the punching bag. Ideally, this should be a ceiling beam. Screw a ceiling hook into the beam and hang the punching bag.
The contents of the bag will settle over time. Take the bag down and add more filler when necessary.