Introduction: 3 Things You Can Make From Aerosol Cans

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If you have empty aerosol cans lying around, don't throw them away just yet.

They can be used to make a few useful things.

In this Instructable, I demonstrate 3 ways you can upcycle empty aerosol spray cans.

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Step 1: Pulley

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Before cutting open an aerosol can, make sure it's empty. It's a good idea to puncture a hole before cutting the can with tools that could create a spark.

Step 2: Pulley

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I cut off the top from 2 cans. Cordless drill was used to spin the disk, so it's easier to sand it.

Step 3: Pulley

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I removed spring, stem and the plastic that was holding them.

Step 4: Pulley

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I glued both disks together and used bolt&nut as a clamp.

Step 5: Pulley

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I made the hole bigger

Step 6: Pulley

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I bent and "L" shape bracket into a "U" shape

Step 7: Pulley

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I cut a bolt to size

Step 8: Pulley

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I used 2 nuts to attach the bolt to the wheel.

I used acorn nuts for ends of the bolt.

To make sure nuts don't get loose, I applied some glue.

Step 9: Pulley

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That's it!

Our light duty pulley is ready.

Step 10: Handle

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I cut off top and the bottom from the can.

Step 11: Handle

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I glued a nut to the top disk.

Step 12: Handle

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Then I glued both disks together.

We have made a simple handle.

Step 13: Spinning Toy

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I cut off top and the bottom from a can

Step 14: Spinning Toy

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Then I glued the stem (stem from pulley's can) to one of the disks.

And last, I glued both disks together.

That's it!

We have made a simple spinning toy.

It can spin for more than 2 minutes.

Comments

Rosa funibus (author)2017-03-31

Me encantó!!, Gracias por enseñarnos

thepoisonivy (author)2017-03-29

I love all of these. From practical to fun; all great ways to re-purpose one of the worst landfill offenders there is. I'm making that pulley ASAP. Thanks for sharing.

CherylB102 (author)2017-03-28

I like this. How many times have I wanted a pulley and not had one, then when at the store, I forget again.

Thank You!

DarrenO2 (author)2017-03-28

I think the spinning top would have spun even longer if it had not hit the wood edge.

ShakeTheFuture (author)DarrenO22017-03-29

Yes, it would.

It wsa hard to make it spin without hitting the wood at some point.

DarrenO2 (author)2017-03-28

Man, where do you come up with these ideas? They are awesome. But i have never seen anyone cut a can with scissors. I normally use a hacksaw. But this helps me to see it "can" be done. Thanks for sharing your imagination.

ShakeTheFuture (author)DarrenO22017-03-29

Ha, ha..Thanks :)

I do have metal cutting scissors, but they don't cut too good.

Marcela InesP (author)2017-03-26

it's excelent

Cheers!

BrothrBob (author)2017-03-26

The Pulley was my favorite.

ShakeTheFuture (author)BrothrBob2017-03-27

Good to know.

It was also my favorite.

NancyM225 (author)2017-03-26

Loved it.

ShakeTheFuture (author)NancyM2252017-03-27

I am glad you did!

Cheers!

lbrewer42 (author)2017-03-26

Great way to recycle!

ShakeTheFuture (author)lbrewer422017-03-27

Cheers!

BeachsideHank (author)2017-03-26

One enterprising vise restorer used an aerosol can bottom for a replacement dust cap on his iconic Wilton "torpedo" vise.

http://i984.photobucket.com/albums/ae325/autopts71...

This image is just for illustration, it is not the subject end cap, but the resourcefulness and reuse aspect must be admired I think. ☺

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Awesome!

Aaaecm (author)2017-03-26

Waste not want not. I'll be making a bunch of the pulleys. Very useful for camping in bear country. Thank you for posting this!

Your creativity is inspiring.

ShakeTheFuture (author)Aaaecm2017-03-27

Thank You!

Shep4u (author)2017-03-27

Like the pulley, would be good for some lightweight industrial style ighting fixtures.

ShakeTheFuture (author)Shep4u2017-03-27

Thank You!

Mihsin (author)2017-03-27

I made night reading fixture 20 years ago, and spirit stoves. Will do tops as you suggested. Thanks for the inspiration.

ShakeTheFuture (author)Mihsin2017-03-27

Cheers!

mrsmerwin (author)2017-03-24

I would have been afraid to puncture the can. I thought they exploded if you did that.

mach1950 (author)mrsmerwin2017-03-24

No, that's just the suppliers being over-cautious, like warning you not to use your microwave to dry the baby. Ensure the contents have all gone and don't puncture near an open flame or with a grinder, and then your biggest risk is sharp edges. :0)

Yonatan24 (author)mach19502017-03-25

Or the sharp sign: https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/564x/11/72/98...

Extremely dangerous too! :)

mrsmerwin (author)mach19502017-03-24

The ipod shuffle tells you not to eat the ipod shuffle. Thanks. I will try opening a can sometime.

wkwilley2 (author)mrsmerwin2017-03-24

Shuffles would be an expensive treat, and they don't even have the apple flavor figured out.

mach1950 (author)2017-03-24

Great re-use/re-purpose instructable!

ShakeTheFuture (author)mach19502017-03-24

Thank You!

I really appreaciate your feedback.

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