Turn Your Can Into a Drinking Can (Glass)





Introduction: Turn Your Can Into a Drinking Can (Glass)

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What is that? You have a bunch of friends coming over and no drinking glasses? Do you have any sodas or beer? Assuming you do not realize your friends can drink straight from those, lets make you a new glass.

Be warned, this is not a strong glass. It is a cool glass though :D

Step 1: What You Will Need

Item you will need

1 Can (any size, any type, whatever makes you feel good at night)
1 Can Opener (the cutting wheel gear type as shown in the picture)

Time Required: 1 minute + however long it takes to enjoy your beverage

Step 2: Empty the Can

Drink your beverage.

Feel free to pour it in a second container so you can enjoy it while making your glass.

Side note related to beer: Craft beer is moving toward cans as a way to better protect the beer from oxygen and sunlight. The problem is you still need to pour the beer into a glass to really appreciate the aromas that come with your sudsy beverage. If you are camping or just without proper glassware, try just opening the can and taking a large sip then removing the top as described below. That way you turn the can into a glass thus opening a path for your nose to smell the beer without having to bring extra glassware. When you are done, just recycle the can as you would have before. As always, be careful to watch for potential sharp edges.

Step 3: Clamp Down and Start Cutting

Lets cut the top off!!! Be careful not to mess up!
  • Attach your can opener with the blade coming down from above and the rotating gear on the outer edge of the top lip
  • Squeeze the handle
  • Start cutting!

Don't stop cutting till you reach the end. Trust me, it is totally worth the effort.

Step 4: Finish Cutting

Don't stop cutting until you get to the end. That point should look somewhat like this.

Be careful not to cut yourself, the edges can be sharp!

Step 5: Optional: Remove the Stuff That Fell Inside

Either you pulled the top off as you finished cutting it or it fell in… Assuming you are the latter (as seen in the image) then you should turn it upside down and remove the insides. If you have not done so, clean out the insides with some water now.

You might not have needed an explanation for this, but I included it just in case it was not obvious.

Step 6: Good Job!

Good thing you finished, that previous glass is dirty already!

Step 7: Try Out Your New Glass



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    I like this instructable but was wondering about 2 things that I thought about while reading it. It would probably be possible to go a step further and 1. Find a drinking glass that would fit inside of it somehow and insulate it by filling in the space between the outside of the drinking glass and the inside of your Guinness can and 2. Is there any way to coat the outside of the Guinness can with something to make it more scratch resistant? Just a few thoughts and great instructable. Keep it up.

    I was anticipating that you would weigh it down some how (pour something on the inside, or affix to the bottom). Then I thought about it, apart from how it feels, it is not like any of these would just fall over and break. You know?

    Simple and pleasing, this instructable also counts as a life hack. Thanks for sharing!

    Just don't knock the can over and you will be fine.

    You are right. While adding weight to the bottom could help make it feel better, it is not all that necessary for functionality. The center of mass is nearly the same as it was before so it would only be necessary if you regularly knock over cans when drinking from them.

    sugru the bottom similar to the base of a wine glass maybe?

    Fill the base (underneath) with bluetack?

    Awsome idea, and it works great!


    l did this 2 days ago, before reading this Instructable. Wanted to use the can to stand up craft paint brushes and wool dobbers that I use in leather dying. I have a no name cheap can opener that came with a cheap set of steak knifes, had it for 10+ years. It cut the top off with nothing but a few sharp pieces. Just like stated in the Instructable, so used my dremel with sanding tool and now all is smooth. Thanks

    All that hard work emptying those cans and my Pampered Chef can opener didn't work. What brand did you use. I have Guiness cans just like yours.

    I ended up using an OXO opener in these instructions. I have successfully used other openers as well. Based on these comments it seems you have to get lucky with an opener that is just right.