How to Make Shatter With Ease

If you are anything like us, you love experimenting with cannabis products, and you love trying them out. But, there is just something, some strange feeling of excitement and anticipation that storms through your body when you get your hands on a new product. That might be edible, concentrate, or something else. But, if you consider yourself a real cannabis lover, you know that dabs are the secret gem of the marijuana world and that they can have amazing effects.

This feeling is multiplied by 10x when you create that same new product by yourself. Sure, it’s easy to go to the local cannabis store and buy whatever you need. But making something yourself, with your ten fingers well..that’s something which will get your heart pumping. 

So, you can guess where the story is going. Combine dabs with the art of creating something of your own, and we think we have a jackpot. But, hold on for a moment. What is the main ingredient for dabs? Shatter. If you don’t have a quality shatter by your side, the dab won’t turn out as you expect them to be. So, how to get shatter, you may ask? Well, apart from buying it from the store or professional online dispensary such as Cannalyft, you can create it yourself, believe it or not. And in this article, we’ll cover all the steps of creating a shatter – the DIY version. Buckle up!

What Is Shatter?

Shatter isn’t a new thing. It’s been around for quite some time now, and if you haven’t heard about it, maybe it’s because it has various names. For example, wax, hash, oil are all present in the cannabis community, but they all describe the same thing – a shatter. 

Anyways, what exactly is shatter? Well, in a nutshell, shatter is a concentrated cannabis extract, a pretty strong one. We will cover the process of its creation later in the article, but for now, the vital thing to know is that shatter is exceptionally potent and often has as much as 80% of THC. In contrast, the cannabis flower has around 25% THC, which is more than enough for most people. So yes, shatter is pretty strong, and it’s not for everyone. It’s mainly used in a dab, and it gained in popularity in the 2010s when cannabis concentrates, in general, emerged on the market. 

As for the physical look, shatter is unique. It has an amber colour, is semi-transparent, and has a texture that resembles glass – hence the name, shatter.  It’s very brittle, and you can break it with ease. Depending on the purity of the product, shatters can be transparent or cloudy—generally, the less cloudy, the better. 

Okay, so now we know what shatter is. But, we bet that you already knew all this. So, let’s dive into the central part of this article – how do you make shatter the easy way?

How to Make Shatter

First, let’s see what equipment you need. Online, you can find tons of different guides on making shatter, and we feel like every one of them is different. So, don’t be confused if we state here something which isn’t mentioned in other guides. Everyone has a different process, but we do all follow the same simple guidelines.

Enough of talk, let’s see what do you need for your little shatter manufacturing:

  • Gloves,
  • Kief
  • Wax paper or parchment paper
  • Hair straightener (yes, you read that right)

So, there it is. This is all you need for your little experiment. We think everyone has all of this sitting somewhere around the household. As for the kief, you can buy it fairly easily from the cannabis store or collect it yourself after grinding your weed. But, it’s the one thing we can’t create shatter without, so it’s essential. Let’s presume that you have all of the equipment needed and that your sleeves are rolled, and you are ready to go. What is the first step?


First and foremost, get your kief ready. It would be best if you were gentle with it as it’s dust-like, and you can easily lose it. Then, pour the kief onto the wax (or parchment paper).


This is the part you need to do correctly, and thus, you need to take it slow and pay attention. Since you poured the kief on the paper, you need to fold the paper around the hash slowly. Think of the square – that is the shape you want to get. If you’re left with any excess of the paper, you can use scissors to cut it off, don’t be afraid. As long as you have this little square in front of you, things will be okay. When the square is ready, and you’ve folded your paper several times around the kief, you need to take another wax paper. With this, 2nd paper, you will wrap the square you just made only once. You don’t need to be too detailed when it comes to this; only wrap your square once, and that’s it. 


Next, get your hair straightener hot and ready. It would be best to be careful as it can get very hot and you don’t want to burn yourself. Let it heat up for 2-3 minutes.

STEP 4. 

Take the rectangular-shaped paper with kief inside in one hand and the iron in the other. Open the “claws” of the hair straightener and place the paper inside. Now you need to press down hard. You can use your other hand to push the iron with more to increase the applied heat. Push down hard, and hold for 10-20 seconds. Be careful not to overdo it as using too much heat can completely melt your kief, and the end product won’t be usable. 

STEP 5. 

Open your paper, and voila! That honey-resembling substance you see inside, that shatters! And it’s ready to be smoked. If you notice that you have more kief on the edges of the paper, you can take out the shatter you just made and repeat steps 4 and 5 with the kief residue you have. This way, you will create even more shatter. After all, why waste that lovely kief? Better put it to use!

STEP 6. 

Carefully pick up your shatter and store it in a container. You can leave it there for quite some time as long it’s placed in a dark, cold place. But, if you want to experience this concentrate you just made to the fullest, we suggest that you use it straight away. So, get your dab rig ready, and we can guarantee that you will have a fantastic time. 

It’s Easy

As you can see, creating DIY shatter is relatively easy. Online you will find tons of different guides on how to do it. Some even cover making shatter with butane, but we think it’s an overkill and that you don’t need super toxic and unstable butane to do the job you can do with a standard hair straightener. Creating something on your own can be challenging; you will be rewarded if you push through and follow the simple steps covered in this guide. There isn’t a better feeling than smoking a good quality shatter – which you made!

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