Introduction: Portable Fort-in-a-Can

Hello everyone! have you ever been in a situation where you're really wanting to make a fort but have no materials? like in a movie theater, at the mall or even in your car? Well now you can, with the ALL NEW portable Fort in a Can! 

Step 1: Parts and Tools


RC Motor assembly (motor, ESC, battery and servo tester)
Motor Mounting Hardware
Large Coffee Can
Large Bed sheet
6" Fan Blade

Optional: mp3 speaker


krazy glue
dremel tool

NOTE: using a regular fan motor and such a small fan blade will not make this work. i used an rc outrunner (running at approx. 12000 rpm) in order to achieve the amount of airflow possible to inflate the sheet.

Step 2: Modifying the Coffee Can

in order for this to work properly the motor,fan assembly need to be in the exact center of the coffee can. I discovered a little trick in the modifying process in order to achieve exact center. on most coffee can lids there is a small dimple int he exact center, place it on the bottom of the can as shown and mark a dent in the metal with a screwdriver. 

Next, take the motor and measure the spacing between the mounting screws then transfer that information onto the bottom of the can using the dent you made as a center reference point.

Step 3: Modifying the Coffee Can Continued

make markings on the bottom of the can for air intake holes and one on the side for the motor wires then cut/drill out those shapes with a dremel tool

Step 4: Fan and Motor

Now take the fan blade and put some krazy glue into the space where the motor shaft will be. then insert the motor shaft and wait a few minutes for the glue to dry

Step 5: Final Assembly!

1. take the motor/fan and mount it to the bottom of the can with the mounting screws
2. use krazy glue to attach esc and battery on the outside of the can
3. solder all electronic components together

Step 6: Now You Have a Fort for Anywhere!

now you just stuff the sheet in and youre ready to make a fort literally anywhere! 

the sheet inflates enough to just fit me lying down (im 6'3") with another person beside me
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