Introduction: Cotton Candy Machine

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Step 1: Cotton Candy Machine

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electric motor, battery, (2)orange juice lids, sugar, wire, small piece of wood, electric clip, connector,( found in Homedepots)

Tools: drill, groove plier,knife

Step 2: Orange Juice Lids

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find two orange juice lids, clean the inside and outside with sand paper

Step 3: First Lids

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make a large hole as shown below, use the drill to make the hole,

Step 4: Second Lids

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second lids, use the knife to make small hole around the lids,

Step 5: Two Lids Together

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drill three holes around the 2 lids, use the wire to connect the lids together,

Step 6: Put Together

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connect the lids to the electric motor and to the small piece of wood

Step 7: Yummy Cotton Candy

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Heat to melt the sugar and turn it into a liquid
A set of very small holes that the liquid sugar can flow through to form threads of sugar
A spinning head that slings the liquid sugar outward so it is forced through the holes
use a stick to catch the threads


Makersauce made it! (author)2014-09-19

Hey man! thanks alot for giving me inspiration for my entry in the remix contest, i've been dreaming to build this 6 years ago so yeah thanks again! check my i'ble out

Bowtie41 (author)2013-04-21

How did you heat it?

sIDsleeper (author)Bowtie412013-06-24

I believe the sugar was heated separately from the spinner, probably on a stove, then it was poured into the machine.

RENATO.ROSS (author)2013-03-16

Infelizmente isso não funciona! Foi um dos primeiros instructables que tentei fazer e me decepcionei. Precisa de uma fonte de calor para aquecer o açucar e o autor não mencionou isto.

stvwinslow (author)2013-01-22

Where does the heat source go?

Ironman97 (author)2009-08-22

What store can I get a threaded motor at? Please don't reply just an "electrical store." Does Menards have them? Ace? Home Depot? Lowes?

jnguyen16 (author)Ironman972012-03-11

At RadioShack is the best place or menard don't depot is $$$ so just go to RadioShack is like 1.00 for a really good motor

huntblack (author)Ironman972011-03-10

radio shack

qballcat (author)Ironman972009-09-02

in canada we have the source but in the usa i think its called circuit city

AlbinoMoose308 (author)2012-01-18

cotton candy burns fast and uncontrollably
use caution!

huntblack (author)2011-03-10

Haha suggested at my school doing it in engineer class thanks for the plans

kcls (author)2010-06-11
Pretty cool! A few questions, though.
  1. Does the lighter fluid run out often?
  2. Doesn't sugar fling towards you as well at the paper?
  3. Does the cotton candy ever catch on fire as you are waving the cone around it?
fvm (author)2010-05-08


poolshark162006 (author)2008-03-23

I am Thinking of using an old Weed Wacker engine to make it spin and to use like a gas burner (from a grill or stove) for the heat and using a new wash tub thing from like homedeopot.... The only thing what can i use for the little funnel thing????

this is what MAYBE it to look like... Used google sketchup which is free

Lesedi (author)poolshark1620062010-02-05

dude ur brilliant u jus gave and absoulte brilliant idea gonna make ur version xcept smaller!


You should use a propane powered engine, and maybe heat diffusers for the flame. Like a small camping propane griddle, you don't want it to kick out too much heat and burn the sugar, like if it were a turkey fryer head.

Mariamk (author)2009-11-15

Very creative!
I wonder if I can make this... =]]

PKTraceur (author)2008-11-12

What RPM is the motor w/ snapple cap? (500 RPM?)

PKTraceur (author)PKTraceur2008-11-12

500 RPM =1 revolution per .12 seconds

ReCreate (author)PKTraceur2009-06-06

I think it is faster than 1 revolution every 12 seconds XD

poolshark162006 (author)ReCreate2009-06-27

its .12 not 12

ReCreate (author)poolshark1620062009-06-27

...i was joking...

PKTraceur (author)PKTraceur2008-11-12

(Saying as, the snapple cap is 1 1/4 circumference

didibemi (author)2009-06-06

Really Nice! I am doing one now!!! I'll post pic's later!!!

cloot100 (author)2009-05-29

I love cotton candy! Great idea! 12 star!!

sthealthraider (author)2009-05-25

Use a small alcohol burner!! with a tiny wick

n0ukf (author)2008-03-04

You didn't say in the instructible itself HOW you heat the sugar. I'd hesitate to use your method. Have you ever accidentally ignited the cotton candy with the lighter?

patchouli514 (author)n0ukf2009-04-09

I don't understand how people expect to be able to build something on their own when they dont even have the ability to watch a video properly. Some of these questions are so rediculous!! IGNITE THE COTTON CANDY!!! OMG!! You may set the cotton candy on fire!!LMAO Geez. Do us all a favor and dont try this at home k?

n0ukf (author)patchouli5142009-05-10

My point is that the Instructable says nothing about how to heat the sugar. And yes, an open flame is not a good way to heat the sugar.

poolshark162006 (author)n0ukf2008-03-21

I dont think that you will ignite the cotton candy i think that it will just melt again...

mynameishamm (author)2009-05-06


hishealer (author)2009-04-09

Did anyone else get pelted with hot sugar? Or did I do something wrong?

PKTraceur (author)2009-03-21

You probably dont have it centered. -PKT

bomberman3 (author)2009-03-03

You could probably use the heating element from a hot glue gun. However, you would have to plug it in there. Great instructable! I shall make it with an old hot glue gun i broke.

djr6789 (author)2009-03-01

great ible! one question how do u connect the mottor to the lids?

great job. it looks awesome although i would consider moving the back board you have back a little bit so that as the cotton candy forms, it won't brush up against the back board and leave that mess on it. overall great though

Great job on this! Rated 5 stars! (*****)
Mattrox (author)2008-11-17

Great job A++++ :)

PKTraceur (author)2008-11-12

Is there another option for a heating element? I think I would want to do this for a school project.

Mitemighty (author)2008-10-05

Thanks for the info. I am going to try this with something a bit bigger however *a small fan motor* Anyone have any advice about how i could make an automatic warmer? i dont know that i want to have to hold a lighter to it. All help is appreciated. Thanks again for the instructable :D

Gh{O}sT (author)2008-09-12

yea he did, look at the video

Gh{O}sT (author)2008-09-06

Great idea but i wonder if i can use tuna cans for the thing that spins....

kaelby (author)2008-08-25

This is a great little project and I twisted my dad's arm so I could use his lathe and other equipment to get the holes exactly right. The only thing that I am thinking is that its gonna be a bit difficult cleaning it out for the next use. The hole I have used on the top is a little smaller than in the diagrams so it'll be even harder. Also, I read a comment on this instructable about rubber seals. I managed to get these off by prizing underneath with a screw driver; if your not too rough or quick, you can get most of it off all at once.

Also, koolaidma3, I have bought a motor shaft/gear adapter which turns the 2mm non-threaded shaft into a 6m thread- . You will then not need the standoffs.

n108bg (author)2008-08-20

if you have a crapt out dvd player, vcr, toy, cd-rom motor or otherwise, all of those electronics use a profile "CD" motor, which runs pretty well. im building one, and i wanted to build one with, but i couldnt find one. also, i found a 9v motor used for hobbies that runs on 3 settings: 9v, 12v or 18v at radio shack. it has a bearing of some sout that protrudes out of the main engine case, so if i wanted to mount it inside an altoids tin, i could mount it center and level.

koolaidma3 (author)2007-11-18

someone please where do i find that kind of motor. I got those hex standoffs but the only hobby motors i have looked up either have gears or shafts, not the threaded kind that is shown.

joey2542667 (author)koolaidma32008-08-19

I got mine from my old pencil sharpener. (also comes with a momentary switch)

bigfootduck (author)koolaidma32008-05-07

Almost every remote control car has at least one in them. I took apart one of my old remote control cars and found 2 inside it

gaara0sama1 (author)koolaidma32008-02-07

You can get them at radioshack for $2.00

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