How to Make a "Secret Container" Out of a LIGHTER




Wanna learn How To Make a Secret Container Out Of a Lighter?

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Disposing of about 1x2" of free space, you can use it to hide keys, joints, folded bills, etc.

It looks and works EXACTLY as an empty lighter, but if you LIFT the button (instead of push it), it will open the container revealing the content.

Learn now how to make it

Step 1: You'll Need...

- an empty Lighter
- the inner part of a Pen
- a saw
- a piece of sandpaper
- a piece of tape
- a clamp
- a cutter or a knife

Step 2: Cut Off the White Cap

start cutting at 0.3" from the bottom of the lighter using the cutter or the knife in order to make a "path" for the saw, then use it to completely remove the white cap.

But carefully! You need it in a good state.

Step 3: Disassemble the Lighter

disassemble the lighter, remove ANY part you can remove, without losing anything.

You can use a screwdriver or just your finger.

Step 4: Expand the Free Space

When you have just the plastic body of the lighter, carefully start to expand the free space inside (using the cutter, scissors, a screwdriver, etc), cutting away and removing any useless part.

Step 5: Fit the White Cap

then, you need to clean the cap out of the plastic. Use the sandpaper to blunt the cap and the inner side of the lighter untill the cap fits very well.

Step 6: Re-assemble the Lighter

re-assemble the top of the lighter

Step 7: Insert the Pen

take the inner part of the pen and fold it (a bit longer of the lighter's lenght),

hold it with a piece of tape,

cut away 0.1" from the tip of the pen..

then insert it inside the lighter.

that represent the opening mechanism of the secret container.

Step 8: Tap the Lighter With the White Cap

tap the lighter with the white cap ...and Enjoy :-)

Thank You for Your Attention.

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    120 Discussions


    10 years ago on Introduction

    can you buy a lighter just like that without being 18, or 16, for instance, I am 14, but i look 17, do you think that i can but a lighter no prob, or be asked for a ID?

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    Bobby Tjetsmiley123

    Reply 3 years ago

    You're 14 and you've never bought a lighter ? I was quite the pyromaniac from a small child, so I guess I sit on the other end of the spectrum, but damn..


    I would think that you don't need to be 18 to light things on fire.

    Youth will find a way, as the saying goes...


    7 years ago on Introduction

    I have a different idea, not yet executed but it uses 2 lights, the first you drill out the white bottom part of the one you want to use as the hidden compartment, with the second lighter you cut off the bottom part and clean it up so it fits in the first lighter without any noticeable difference. This way you got a perfect size lighter.. I sort of thought from the photo of 2 lighters in this tutorial that thats what would be done.. any ideas??


    7 years ago on Introduction

    do you clear out the top of the lighter were the spark thingy goes


    7 years ago on Introduction

    do you have to use a bic or can you use any lighter.


    11 years ago on Introduction

    Questo è quello che mi sono fatto io. L'idea è veramente geniale speriamo postino altri video interessanti.

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    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Nice. Thank You.

    Bel lavoro pazzissimo. e grazie dei complimenti :) sono alquanto orgoglioso di questa instructable, dato che è tutta farina del mio sacco.


    11 years ago on Step 5

    The photos show the tools and not much more... no video capability at 48 kps so I am beginning to think this website is going to be useless for me. Too bad...owlafaye

    2 replies

    Reply 11 years ago on Step 5

    hey owlafaye, not all Instructables show only the tools needed. Indeed, this Instructable lacks step-by-step graphical instructions. Don't let one poor Instructable deter you from using this great site.