Metal Captain Marvel Star for $1

Hello there!

This Instructable will show you how to create a METAL Captain Marvel star out of a cookie tin (or any tin, really) with only BASIC TOOLS!

Quick build, costs one buck (from a dollar tree cookie tin, which I have had great success with!), and most importantly, it looks like the real thing! No joke! Quite durable, so it worked great on my cosplay!

Check out the end to see my full CAPTAIN MARVEL COSPLAY!

Don't forget to vote for me in the Fandom Contest! I appreciate it! :-)


You will need:

-a cookie tin, tea tin, domino tin, or any other tin that is gold-colored on the inside. (I can just see grandpaw now..."Hey! Where's my domino tin at? I need it!" Ask first, kids.)

-a pair of scissors you don't care too much about.

-and a sharpie.

Sounds easy, right? Well, let's get started!

Step 1: The Adventures of Tin-Tin

Any tin with a gold inside will do. The other side doesn't matter, as it will be on the back.

A cookie tin at Dollar Tree works great, as did this old tea tin I had. You could also use that blue tin of butter cookies that you got from Grandma (you know the one I'm talking about...)

Step 2: Print a Star

I found a nice picture of Captain Marvel's chest emblem (the star) on Google images that I printed out (at 200% size, for me). Just cut it out and use it as a guide for drawing your star on.

Step 3: A Star Is Born

Trace the outer edge of your star on the tin with the marker, using the ruler to make it straight.

Step 4: Cut It Out, Bro!

Using your old scissors, cut around the star (so the edges of your tin don't get in the way), and then carefully cut out the actual star shape. It doesn't require any fancy wire cutters, just plain ol' scissors get the job done!

Step 5: Bend That Thing.

Using an edge (such as a shelf or table), bend the metal in a crease-type way.

Do this for all the points, and for the valleys (the edges that are NOT points), crease them so they cave inwards.

Step 6: ...Until You Get This

Ta-Da! Observe the beauty of your star.

The next step after this is optional, but recommended, for comfort and safety.

Step 7: Trim the Points

The points will be quite sharp at this...point (bad pun), so it would be wise to trim them with scissors just a bit.

Step 8: See the Difference

See? The slightly trimmed one (on the right) still looks pointy enough, and is a lot more comfortable and safer, so you won't stab yourself with your cool prop.

Step 9: Done!

Admire your work, grasshopper. You have done well.

You could make this into a variety of different things, like wall art, a magnet, a ninja throwing star, a water dish for your pet rat, a mini gong, a fly swatter, a fun house mirror where everything is gold, fake pirate treasure, a tiny frisbee, a tanning mirror for ants, a wind chime, a signaling mirror is case you are stranded on a deserted island.....or (my favorite), use it in a cosplay. Ahh...Free Comic Book Day was a nice one, since I was Carol Danvers for the day. Yes.

Step 10: COSPLAY!

And here is my cosplay. *bows*

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    11 Discussions


    18 days ago

    I love this! Didn't know you could cut a tin like that with regular scissors :) btw the whole costume looks nice ^^

    3 replies

    Reply 17 days ago

    Thank you!
    The whole star project was out of necessity, and I was pleasantly surprised that it worked! :-)


    19 days ago

    This is the kind of Instructable I just love. Something that looks so amazing yet can be made cheaply, quickly, and without special tools!

    1 reply

    Reply 18 days ago

    Thank you so much!
    It was born out of necessity, because I first tried to make a star out of a large "Shrinky-Dink", but the size/shape/look was off. The cookie tin turned out surprisingly good, so I'm glad that other people also like it! :-D


    Reply 21 days ago

    I got a wig off of amazon for under $20, (
    but I had to alter it quite a bit (thin it out to decrease BULK, as it looked like Dolly Parton before XD, and I also dyed the roots with a brown Sharpie, and pluck out the part + paint a nicer shade of my skin color on the part using acrylic paints).
    I got a blue long-sleeve shirt and sewed a zipper down the front, then hot-glued red and gold metallic spandex on it.
    I hot-glued snaps onto the star, and sewed the opposite side of the snaps to either side of the front zipper of the shirt.
    I covered an old belt I had with red duct tape and made red duct tape pouches for both sides.
    I bought blue stretch pants from a thrift store and hot-glued little bits of fabric onto it.
    I used a dark blue Sharpie to draw contour lines on both the shirt and the pants.
    I cut a tube of red tights and made wristbands.
    I cut the fingers off a pair of cheap black gloves and hot-glued on leftover gold spandex.
    I bought a pair of cheap black leather-type boots from a thrift store and spray-painted them red (I would not recommend the spray paint, and would next time use red shoe polish, perhaps (
    I bought a "Goose" cat (flerkin) plush on amazon ( and spray-painted the mouth-tentacles red.

    I bet that was more info than you bargained for...but that's what I did! :-D
    I stayed up until 2:45 am the night I was making the I had to have it done the next day, which was Free Comic Book Day. WORTH IT!
    (the image here was my guide)


    22 days ago

    In my opinion, this should be featured.
    Got my vote :D

    1 reply