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How to Make Can and Bottle Flower Dish

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Soda Cans and Bottles are every where.

People litter and throw them away without recycling or re-using.

This instructable will teach you how to make a shallow or deep dish for holding pocket change, candy, other small objects, or even cigarette ash and butts out of aluminum cans and plastic bottles.

Step 2: Prepare the can or bottle

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Drink the contents of the can or bottle.

Rinse it out.

You may want to put on some gloves to keep yourself from getting cut. Aluminum cans are very sharp when you cut them.

Cut the top of the can off.

Step 3: Mark the Bottom

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Mark the bottom how deep you want your dish to be with a sharpie.

Dont worry, you wont be able to see this mark when you are finished.

Step 4: Strip Width

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Decide on how wide you want each strip to be.

I normally go with a little under an inch.

You can mark this out or eyeball it.

If you eyeball it, you will invariable get 2 or 3 strips that are a bit wider than the others. Dont worry too much about this, it will still look good in the end.

Step 5: Bending

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Once you have cut strips all the way around the can down to your mark, start bending each strip down.

Bend them all down.

Step 6: Flipping and Bending

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Flip the can around. It's much easier to do this from behind.

Pick one strip to be the first.

Slip it under the one to the left.

Step 7: Folding

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Slip the strip behind the others.

Dont bend this one down completely. You need it to stay as a loop so you can thread the last strip through.

Step 8: Creasing

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Do the same to the next strip, but this time crease it.

Step 9: Around

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Do this for all the strips all the way around the can or bottle.

When you get back to the beginning strip, push the second to last strip around and through.

Crease them both to finish this stage.
 
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CrayfishYAY made it!8 months ago

Did it a long time ago. Used it for airsoft BBs.

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DoverDel9 months ago
There is an easier way to measure the strips and make them all the same width. After cutting off the top, gently squeeze the top "in half." Cut at the pinches. Repeat with each section until you have 16 equal strips.
Sasha09085 years ago
when its finished are the ends still sharp?
GEEK15 years ago
awesome!!!!
xxgeorgia5 years ago
I tried this with a Dr. Pepper can, it looks so cool! And great for my first try ;D You should try it with a pot noodle can, the plastic is a bit tough to cut through and it can easily snap if youre not careful, (As i found out as i was FINISHING IT ): It Looked lovely as well), you can't really cut yourself unless you slip when cutting with the scissors (:
this is so cool! i just tried it and although my technique needs work, it came out pretty good! so easy to understand thanks for sharing!
kfr1sby5 years ago
I did this once to use as ashtrays at a party we threw...the hubby and I are non-smokers so of course we don't have ashtrays in the house. I used beer cans...they were at hit at the party!
chaitanyak5 years ago
can't believe i havn't seen this until now! i have a "metal-crab""metal-crab" instructable that is quite simillar upto this step!
It is strictly tall aluminum cans, or do average cans work?
average cans work as well.
Good to know, thanks!
luckyone5 years ago
i love arizona tea
JettyMae6 years ago
regardless if there is another instructable about this, this is really, really cool. Me and my girlfriend are going to do this tonight when we get home! Hopefully it works!
laminterious (author) 6 years ago
Well crap. There is already an instructable like this.
yep, i already submitted an instructable on can dishes, but didn't thought about making them with plastic bottles, Very nice !!
dont worry about it, dont delete instructable. Nice job
Sunbanks6 years ago
I didn't know this would work with plastic bottles too! Cool!
laminterious (author)  Sunbanks6 years ago
Make sure to press the folds nice and hard...
It seems like it would be harder to make one with a plastic bottle than a can.
laminterious (author)  Sunbanks6 years ago
It's not harder, you just have to make sure to really press the folds... I often use pliers or even a heat gun to make sure.
Oh ok thanks! Yours look really good.
Valche6 years ago
Wow, awesome! You've got my vote.
I drink alot of arizona ice tea. im making tons of these bowls. +1