How to make a popcorn machine out of a coke can

There are so many ideas out there about how you can reuse cans. What’s so great about that? First off, it’s super easy to find empty soda cans. And second, it’s always fun to try a new idea.Thus, today you can learn how to create your own miniature popcorn machine. This is perfect for your next camping trip, or if you’re just bored or cheap.

You’ll need:

  • 2 clean, empty soda cans
  • waterproof pen
  • sharp knife
  • scissors
  • hammer

Here’s how:

Using the waterproof pen, draw a rectangle on the side of a can with a gap in the middle of the top side.

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Cut it out with the knife and bend it outwards. The top side should remain attached as a small door.

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Cut the top end off the second can, leaving about 2/3 of the original there. Clean up the edge with some scissors in case it is rough.

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Draw two rectangles on the remaining end and completely cut them out.

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Hold the can and carefully hammer the base of the can until it’s slightly bent outwards.

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Cut the remaining “teeth” 3-4 times along the top edges and fold them inwards.

It should be easier after you cut it. Your can should look like this:

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Place a lit tealight in the can that you hammered and place the other can ontop. Don’t forget to place a bowl in front of the door so the popcorn doesn’t fly everywhere!

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Pour a few kernels in through the drink spout… microwave popcorn works well because it is already flavored.

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It takes a little while to get your first “pop,” but then all the kernels will start popping one after the other into your bowl.

Important warning: remember the can will get HOT. Make sure you place your can on a heat-resistant surface and let it cool down before touching it.

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Here are video instructions:

The portion is obviously pretty small, but it is still an impressive project to work on with children! They’ll be wide-eyed and won’t snack too much. A funky thing to try.


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