Introduction: Recycle Cans Into Nice Trays

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This fun project will amaze your friends/girlfriends by it's simplicity and efficency.
I've been doing these "trays" for a long time now, mostly on hollydays, at the beach house when you got time to spare and there's nothing to put your ashes in.

Be really carefull while doing this instructable, i cut myself last week and i couldn't advise you enough to ask a grown-up for help if you're not comfortable with cissors and metal (even if you are 26 like me ;))
And please excuse my style/orthographe : i did my best but english isn't my birth language ;).

Well, let's get started with these very easy steps.

Step 1: Find a Soda Can, a Pair of Scissors and Let's Cut the Top of the Can Out.

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No problems here, stab the can with your scissors, and cut the top of the can out. The cut can be messy, we will adjust it in the next step.

Step 2: Clean Cut of the Top and Cutting of the "petals"

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Now that the top is nicely cut, we have to cut what i call the "petals", these need to be of a regular shape.
The tip to achieve that is to pinch the can to mark the two opposite sides and then cut the remaining side in 2.
May not be clear, but i think that images are self explanatory.

As soon as you cut the side following halves, quarters and heights, you should get 16 petals that we are going to spread out.

Step 3: Spreading and Folding the Petals.

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once you spread the petals, fold the first of them on top of the petal right next to it.
To be able to "finish" the folding of the whole petals, remember not to mark the fold of the first petal (so that you can insert the last one underneath).

Step 4: Flatten and Finish

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to finish the tray and avoid sharpy edges, i flatten the back of the folded petals with the handles of my scissors.

It's over, and it would make a nice gift for your mom! (kidding ;))


Najn_arte (author)2015-11-24

Just yesterday, I remembered this simple craft we used to make with empty disposable plastic cups, and it occurred to me that I could do the same with empty soda cans because now they are made from a very thin and pliable material. I made a couple attempts, and today I found your instructable where you show a very good use of this technique. Well done!

hixair (author)Najn_arte2015-11-24

You are welcome !

CarmerR (author)2015-02-05

I have very original wow interesting <a href="">Imagenes graciosas</a>

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urbanX (author)2013-04-09

nice and cool

discojen (author)2012-07-29

nicely done, great instructions. I wouldn't worry about your spelling, this was a very easy instructable to follow.

luckyone (author)2008-11-13

this is so cool i didnt realize it until now that you can cut the part where you drink out of put it inside the little plate and use it as a picture frame ive already made 2 out of a&w; cans in 10 mins

platypusluver (author)luckyone2012-07-21

That's a great idea!!!!! Thanks!!!

witchs_eyes (author)2012-04-16

Simply Brilliant

toswalt1 (author)2011-09-27

I love it. My boyfriend and I just bought a house with a bar and these will make great beer can ash trays : )

Kornelie (author)2010-04-08

 wow! love it!!

Ouchimoo (author)2009-12-11

That is crazy neat looking! I'd be worried about somehow cutting myself on it though.

ti_jean_54 (author)2009-11-03

Your instructable is great a lot of detail that other people skip and we all need.

hixair (author)ti_jean_542009-11-09

 thank you for your comment !! this was my first instructable and i'm glad people like it :)

Reesha (author)2009-08-16

I love this! however, i found a way to get rid of the spikey flaps on the back, you can cut away the corner of the flap furthest from the centre, then tuck the flap under the petal it just came out of!

superforkman (author)2009-07-29

try making one out of a monster can

hixair (author)2007-06-01

if you have any comments or suggestion to make it better, do not hesitate : I'm not sur i should call them "trays". Thanks for your attention anyway ! :)

trebuchet03 (author)hixair2007-06-01

Candle holders?

xilefakamot (author)trebuchet032009-07-23

I melted some wax and stuck a candle in it - it looks really good

Iridium7 (author)hixair2009-06-18

Junk holders?

nekoheehee (author)2009-02-14

I think I'm going to solder a long thick wire to the bottom of mine and make it look more flower like :D

humoogous (author)2008-09-29

Cool! Makes a nice ashtray or tealight stand. I believe they can even float on water! Way to go dude!

GroundedDreamer (author)2008-07-19

Love this neat use for "trash". Looks like something that a fair trade store would sell. I will definitely using this at parties :)

hixair (author)2008-06-19

AHaH... it's a tissue i clean the coke left in the can with ! :) But you're right, might have been funnier if has been bloody from a cut ;)

KrisJR (author)2008-06-19

Hey, in step 1, picture 3, I couldn't help but notice that there's something that looks like bloody kleenex? lol.

loggerhead (author)2008-04-27

COOL I made 3

KreaKatri (author)2008-04-07

If you fold it like this(and not like the beer can ashtrays also on this side) you can actually put a large tea light(around 5 centimeters/2 inches in diameter) this is just like 1 centimeter or a bit less than ½ an inch smaller in diameter than a beer can. This means that you can fold the "petals" so they just cover the inner edge of the can. Then the tealight is held, so it won't tilt, and you have a very cool and different candlestick. If I have any linguistic errors, I apologize. English is not my first language.

Fenris The bbw (author)2008-03-31

These are pretty cool. I wouldn't have thought of this myself.

Walrus Man (author)2007-07-29

Wow, these are brilliant! It's amazing how you managed to get the folds so neat. I'll have to have a go with this method. Great instructable!

Naruto_Uzumaki (author)2007-07-28

i mande one but the thing i found hard was the (i cut myself when i mande it : ) (bad english)

hmm a great ninja like hrowing star...muahaha its sharp and its easy to make but also i think it would be kool to put ur burger on it... (im 12 so i cant mention anything about ashtrays) ittl be a fun and easy project i shall flag it as AWESOME...that is all

bumpus (author)2007-07-11

awsome i needed somthing for my friends b-day theese would make a wicked ashtray haha

DrBenway (author)2007-06-12

I Just made one of these and it worked out great - thanks. I was thinking they'd make a nice clock if you put some works in them.

Lifje (author)2007-06-08

really nice!! i just killed a pair of sissors making one and the result donsen't look quite as nice as yours..but i'm sure that with a few more i'll be really good ;) Thanks for sharing...

n3ldan (author)2007-06-03

Awesome instructable, simple, cheap, and cool. Great job!

hixair (author)2007-06-03

maybe you saw me selling these... ;) we were selling these 1€, right enough to pay our drinks...

el_wombato (author)2007-06-03

Very cool. I saw these being made on the street in Barcelona when I was there a few years back.

joejoerowley (author)2007-06-03

That is awesome!!!!!! That is so cool. I just made one. They are so easy to make. This is going down as one of my favorite instructables of all.

Momastray (author)2007-06-02

I just made one.... love it! How creative! They could be used as disposable ashtrays, at a pool party, etc. for those that insist on smoking. Very good instructions. I'm left handed and even with a cast on my left arm I was able to make one. Thanks!

hixair (author)2007-06-01

I forgot to mention that you can make them deeper while you cut the petals and that you can also cut more petals (as you can see on the pic below).

samphex (author)2007-06-01

Oh my goodness that has to be the coolest thing ever! Nice job on your first one!

mylilsin (author)2007-06-01

I collect Dr Pepper Memorablia- and thsi will be a nice addition to my colllection...dr pepper dish/tray/thingys-(been to site forever - but your instructable inspired me to register so i could comment-GREAT INSTRUCTABLE

keng (author)2007-06-01

i smell another Ninja-Star instructable coming up...80)

Hugo.B (author)2007-06-01

I like it. :)
It looks like a good dish for sweets/chocolates etc.


Sgt.Waffles (author)2007-06-01

Whoa, im going to have to favorite this instructable, and make it once i finish my coke! This is the second instructable in a row that i am going to favortit. This is a good day for instructables. Keep up the good work!

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