Pen Holder From a Drinks Can




Show allegence to your favourite drink by immortalising a can as your penholder. Here I have shown how to turn a drinks can into a simple pen holder using some simple tools. I've used a limited edition Irn Bru can.

After receiving the comment regarding using a can-opener I found the following instructable which gives excellent instructions on how to do just that: Make a Pen Holder

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Step 1: Tools You May Require

Not so much need, instead a suggestion.

First up your safety is paramount, do be careful when handling cuttings from the can and wear eye protection. Adult supervision is strongly suggested for anyone who is not used to crafting with such materials.

For this task you will generally need:
1. cutters
2. pliers
3. a file
4. hot glue, epoxy glue or similar

Step 2: Preperations

Well, before you get started you'll need to drink the contents. Your milage may vary on this step. An alternative is to transfer the contents of your can to another drinking vessel to be consumed while undertaking this instructable.

With the contents removed give the can a good wash out.

Use the opening to get started and work in reasonably big pieces to clear up to the groove. Use a mix of snipping and bending the metal back and forth. Take care working around the cut metal.

Step 3: Clear the Top of Metal and Fold in the Lip

Trimming off the metal at the top up to the groove in big pieces. Now we take more care as we tidy up the remaining metal.

Use a file to clear the last of the metal or fold the cut under the lip as I have done.

I used a pair of pliers and a strip of plastic to push the lip in.

Step 4: Hot Glue

Hot Glue, the solution to all of lifes problems.

I used hot melt glue to seal the cut edge of metal so that it would not injure anyone. A similar solution might be epoxy glue or electrical tape, duct/duck tape etc. Be sure that you leave the edge in as safe a way as possible, probably best to keep this out of reach of children and small animals.

You'll notice I added a lot of hot glue to the base of the can. This was firstly to balance the weight of the glue in the top of the can. Also, from previous experience with making pen holders out of cans they tend to get top heavy when they're full of pens. The same could be achieved by adding blue tac or plastercine to the bottom, inside and/or out.

Step 5: Done!

Now, where did I put my pens?

As this is my first instructable please let me know what you think. If you follow this instructable please let me know how you get on (and also please take care when working with cut metal, did I mention that already?)

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    11 Discussions


    9 years ago on Introduction

    I made one of these earlier with an empty coke can and a handcrank can opener. It turned out really good and took less than a minute to make.

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    9 years ago on Introduction

    A lifetime classics that is always useful.

    The Hotglue trick is excellent, I'm gonna save it for other tinkerings. :)


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    here is two i made the 1 on the left was made using a hacksaw, file and sticky tape then the left 1 was made from just a can opener


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    Cool, I hadn't considered that. Does the can opener damage the outside of the can at all?


    10 years ago on Introduction

    When I was a kid we made drink cups from cans. We would turn them up-side-down and rub them on smooth concrete until the seem holding the top on split and separated. The top comes right off and leaves a smooth rolled edge.

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    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    The no tools approach, I like it. Not 100% sure I'd trust it enough to drink from it though, that is daring.