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Yo-yo's are fun for everyone. Whether you're just learning or a master full of tricks, yo-yo's put smiles on peoples faces around the world. But wouldn't it be awesome to make one yourself? In this Instructable you will learn how to make one using pop cans and hot glue.

MATERIALS:
Two pop cans
Pencil
Hot glue gun and lots of glue
Roughly 4 feet of string
Scissors
Some sort of heavy duty cutter to cut pencil (I used hedge clippers)

Lets roll!
 
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Step 1: Cleaning & Cutting

Picture of Cleaning & Cutting
First, clean out the pop cans. It's simple, just run 'em under water. Once clean, you need to cut the tops off. To do so, puncture the pop can with one blade of your scissors. Then cut around the can using the hole to start cutting. Once you cut all the way around, you may want to trim the edge. Then do the same process to the other can. Once you have both can tops cut clean, push the drinking hole thingy so it's kinda sealed again. This is so no hot glue gets out. Now take your pencil and cut it so there is a piece that is about 2 inches long. Then set it between the two pop tops so you can make sure that the gap between the tops is ideal. (about 1cm) If not shorten by cutting more. If its not long enough, (though it shouldn't because 2 inches is generally longer) make another that's longer.
Delo973 years ago
Instead of using a hot glue gun, can you melt the hot glue sticks with a lighter? That would be WAY speedier
noonar4 years ago
good instructable
seabananers4 years ago
holy crap i can break a pencil with my HAND!
shiftnfun5 years ago
is it possible to use two lids for each side? or will it make it too heavy?
This is too light. There are crazy heavy yoyos that work great.
is it possible to just use a new pencil, so one end is perfect? And, can you use the other end of the *leftover* pop cans to make a butterfly yo-yo?and, i think on my idea of the butterfly, is it possible to make the ends of the pencil stick out of the center of the yo yo?
                                                                          thanks,

                                                                                            origamianything
It works!  I used the other ends and made a butterfly yo yo.  It sleeps for 2 seconds and is kinda responsive.  (might post pics)
I think I will try your butterfly idea.  I'll tell you if it works

Maureclaire5 years ago
Can't you get cut on this ? Maybe the cut edges could be folded under ?
Or, you could fold the metal edges out and make it a weapon.
nice
fearme36 (author)  Maureclaire5 years ago
ah- I forgot to mention that... yeah I did that. I'll update as soon as I get some pictures.
fearme36 (author)  fearme365 years ago
*updated*
cerj5 years ago
 This guy made a gameboy sandwich. are you seriously gonna let him near some hot glue and hedge cippers fail.
cokecola5 years ago
Try making a yo-yo out of juice bottles. The ones that look like an orange juicer on the inside of the bottom. Build up the sides with some hot glue and paint. They make a cool "big" yo-yo.
cookie0925 years ago
cooooooooool this is so ganna help me with my project....
izzy96685 years ago
dos it really work??????????????
fearme36 (author)  izzy96685 years ago
yeah kinda. I should have made the pencil shorter for stability but for a homemade yoyo it's pretty good
lemonie5 years ago
Don't the metal edges wear away the string? And what's the balance like? L
fearme36 (author)  lemonie5 years ago
Yeah after folding the edges in (forgot to mention that) the string should be fine. The balance stinks though. But it works, and for a homemade yo-yo, it's pretty good.
If I were to have a go at this, I'd consider filling with glue right up to the rim and making the shaft shorter (for better balance)? L
fearme36 (author)  lemonie5 years ago
Yeah that would most likely be best.