Homemade Paintball Hoppers

by Allison Edrington
Homemade hoppers can be customized to match your paintball gun.

Homemade hoppers can be customized to match your paintball gun.

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Making your own paintball gun hopper can be rewarding in itself or it can act as a quick fix if you need a temporary replacement for your usual hopper. If you manufacture your own hopper, you can make it larger or smaller than the standard size and can customize the color to match any theme or paintball gun.

Main Chamber

Create the main chamber of the hopper, which holds the paintballs, from a two-liter soda bottle. Empty and clean the soda bottle, and cut off the bottom. About three inches from the bottle's spout, cut a 2-inch circle in the side. You don't need to make a perfect circle, but don't create large cracks in the plastic side.


Using another 2-liter bottle, cut the bottle from about two inches below the spout. Place the spout through the hole in the side of the other bottle so the spout of the second bottle sticks out of its side. Tape the spout in place on both the outside and inside of the main bottle, securing down any edges that will impede paintballs from exiting the spout that connects to the paintball gun. If the spout does not fit, wrap tape around it until it fits snugly.


Cut a circle out of the remaining portion of the second bottle; make the circle slightly larger than the width of the other bottle's open bottom. Without cutting through the edges of the circle, cut four slits through the center so it resembles an asterisk. Place the lid on the open side of the hopper bottle, and tape it securely in place. Place the hopper on the paintball gun and push a container of paintballs through the lid of the hopper to fill it.

Other Customizations

Before placing the hopper on the gun, paint it any color you like. Or spray paint the hopper and your gun for a different effect. If you want a larger hopper, use a larger plastic bottle for the main chamber. Be careful that the chamber does not become unbalanced when placed on the paintball gun.

About the Author

Allison Edrington is a freelance journalist based out of Eureka, Calif., specializing in crafts, science fiction and gaming. She has written for the "Eureka Times-Standard," covering education, business and city government, and previously worked for the "Chico Enterpise-Record." Edrington graduated from California State University, Chico, with a bachelor's degree in journalism and a minor in history.

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