In this Instructable, I'll show you how to make some great little dishes and bowls out of tinplate -- just the thing to add a little sparkle to your next party. They’re made from a single piece of your favorite tin can. You just fold it up -- no soldering. Use them for nuts, candy, keys, loose change, or whatever.
There are one or two little tricks that I'll show you to making these but, once you get the hang of it, you should be able to knock one out in half an hour or so.
You'll need the following tools and materials for this project: Scissors, Awl, Straightedge, Glass cutter, Pliers, Scoring surface (cardboard), Tinplate, and Adhesive spray.
I’ve provided drawings for three different sizes, but you can modify them just by stretching them in one or more direction.
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Step 1: Download This PDF
Step 2: Spray Your Pattern
Step 3: Stick It On
Step 4: Cut It Out
Step 5: Preparing to Score the Fold Lines
Step 6: Scoring the Lines
Now move the straightedge over to the next valley-fold line and repeat the process.
Step 7: Making the Other Scores
Step 8: Marking the Score Lines on the Other Side
Step 9: Scoring the Reverse Side
Step 10: Scoring the Tabs
Step 11: Remove the Pattern
Step 12: Folding the Tabs
It may be helpful to push the tab against your work surface to help the bend along, as shown in the second picture here.
Step 13: Finishing the Tabs
Step 14: Starting the Corners
Step 15: Bringing the Sides Up
Step 16: Finishing Up
You can leave the corners open or you can close them up tightly, as you wish. Also, you can let the corner tabs project into the bowl at an angle or you can fold them flat against the sides. If there are any really sharp corners, just soften them a little with a small file.
You’re finished! Fill your bowl full of M&Ms and have a party!
And don't forget to check out our other unusual and imaginative tinplate projects at Tinplate Girl.