Introduction: 1$ Popcorn Machine

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Give a new life for your empty soda can.Transform it into a useful simple popcorn maker.

Need a sharp knife
kernel seeds
butter flavor
Candle or stove or fire

Step 1: Container

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Take an empty soda can and remove the paint with a sand paper

Step 2: The Cut

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mark with a pencil a kind of window in the top of the can.And cut it off like a door

Step 3: Add Ingredient

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add 3 tsp of kernel,salt,flavor.And close the hole on the top.

Step 4: Time to Cook

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put your new popcorn maker on a stove or a candle (any heat source).Put a dish beside the can and waiting for your first POP IN A CAN .This popcorn maker make a really delicious and useful popcorn.Fresh and tasty anytimes.


TheCommander (author)2014-02-08

isn't there a coating on the inside of the can too? not sure if it matters.

lazycrafter2 (author)2012-08-21

Could it work with an alcohol stove?

lmeijer (author)2011-11-30

Why do you need to remove the paint?

oldmanbeefjerky (author)lmeijer2012-02-16

to it doesnt burn off and make fumes, and cover the can in dirty burnt plastic and carbon. oddly enough that very thin layer of paint is very obnoxious when it boils and burns off. And as logic would have it, breathing in plastic fumes is bad.

an improvement upod this idea would be to use alcohol or spirits , for a less localized source of heat (spreads about). you know what, i might make one now and post a picture to show you lot what im on about.

javajunkie (author)2009-01-29

absolutely LOVE this idea!!! Going winter camping with the Scouts this weekend, and they've made their tuna-can-stoves, so I'm going to "one up them" with fresh popcorn!!! Post any other new projects you come with!!!

dodo91 (author)javajunkie2009-02-28

I'm a scout!

General Wiskers (author)dodo912011-07-06

troop 69! represent!

SasquatchKid (author)dodo912010-10-05


unbentcrayfish (author)2011-06-29

Didn't work for me, candle wasn't strong enough. Cool idea though.

teabaron (author)2010-10-13

very nice man what gave you the idea for this?

stephenniall (author)2009-06-25

i think i shall try this with coffee beans

wont work

SasquatchKid (author)2010-09-25

Be perfect fo backpacking popcorn on the go

cherishcherub (author)2010-09-10

found it myself

cherishcherub (author)2010-09-10

could we possibly get the link to the video


cherishcherub (author)2010-09-10

this is really clever, with good pictures it could have become featured!

usuk (author)2009-10-17

this is so effing stupid. use a damn pan.

Typogoddess (author)usuk2010-07-28

and the DIY spirit <3

pyro 360 (author)usuk2009-11-20

its called ingenuity

tuckerton296 (author)2010-03-29

for monster cans, this would be great
i rarely drink monster but this is good idea
mabie bawls?

 great for a pennystove

teslafan100 (author)2009-12-30

That is sweet!!!!!! :)

budsiskos (author)2008-02-08

cool. bet you could make a bigger one with a big can

beehard44 (author)budsiskos2009-10-27

 perhaps the big aluminum cans, y'know the beer can???

Tobita (author)budsiskos2008-02-09

lol, costco brand cola:P

beehard44 (author)2009-10-24


Grab another can and cut the top and bottom. Turn it into a square that would fit the can.put it at an angle and measure and cut. Solder or use your favorite be it JB weld or the real weld.make the hole bigger and support the al tube from the popper to the bowl. 
Expect an instructable soon.........
coz i'm lazy to make a youtube vid.

beehard44 (author)beehard442009-10-27

 was too fast to make a instructable, so i just made it, and pic is below.
the delivery tube is the coke can, the "popper" is the sprite can. Can't beat the price here in the Philippines; 27 pesos per can, around 0.52 USD and i have 2 cans. yay!!!

VanillaXtiffy (author)2009-09-13

This is awesome.

Absol (author)2009-08-10

Thank you so much for the idea n_n I really like it... You're like a great Pop-Corn Master! n_n

clayball97 (author)2009-03-25

this is awesome except mine took a really long time and wouldn't shoot in the bowl

stephenniall (author)clayball972009-06-25

thatll be because theres not enough heat Try a mini stove out of tealight Holders Or a coke stove

clayball97 (author)stephenniall2009-06-27

but i used my regular stove on high

stephenniall (author)clayball972009-06-28

might of not had enough oil etc ??

clayball97 (author)stephenniall2009-07-06

but my stove is electric

cloot100 (author)2009-05-29

I should get that popcorn machine because its only 1$!

Lance Mt. (author)cloot1002009-06-06

Why.. THATS A BRILLANT IDEA!!! Oh and i like this idea.. Nice. -(Billy Connolly impression) Absolutely brilliant, Chris P.S I'm a ausfag so if you watch Chaser War On Everything you'll know...

E-Salz (author)2009-04-20

Dude this is really gonna help me in BSA, but doesn't aluminum explode in heat?

downwithwikihow (author)2009-02-28

Simple, cheap and useful! 5 stars. Great Job!

carlos-felo (author)2009-02-16

It's a great idea! I'm love the pop-corn! Sorry, but my English is very bad... I'm a Chilean

Patented (author)2009-01-17

Haha what a nice idea!

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Kaiven (author)2008-11-30

Mine worked, I made it awhile ago at a friends house. He still has it :D

Bartboy (author)2008-07-20

Instructions for the stand?

casey321b (author)Bartboy2008-09-08

just glue some slits of another can or nails onto the bottom. not that hard to figure out

Kaiven (author)casey321b2008-09-12

Glue? Glue could melt or catch fire xD You could use solder or weld lol.

casey321b (author)Kaiven2008-11-29

some glue doesnt melt...

Kaiven (author)casey321b2008-11-30

I know that now. That comment is old. I like JB Weld the best.

ixetl (author)2008-10-31

You should participate on the contest of "Party Like It's 1929"!!!! You'll probably win. Is cheap, useful and is awesome!

jakee117 (author)2008-10-17

cool! now use it with a soda can alcohol stove lol (moke one they rule, and they are great for camping)

implaxis (author)2008-08-21

Although this is a great idea for occasional use like a camping weekend, I'd hesitate to use it on a regular basis. Who knows what the high temperatures might do to the chemical liners inside a can that was not designed for them.

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