Recycled Coke Can Popcorn Maker




Introduction: Recycled Coke Can Popcorn Maker

About: I am an Electrical Engineer. I love to harvest Solar Energy and make things by recycling old stuff. I believe, IF YOU TRY YOU MIGHT, IF YOU DON'T YOU WON'T.

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Sometimes you're stuck in the middle of the deep forest during your camping, with some unpopped corn kernels, and nothing to pop them with. Luckily, with a coke can and a multi functional Army knife, you can be on your way to Popcorn Town.Popcorn is a favourite snack food for all during the camping.

In this Instructable, I will shows how you can turn a coke can into a popcorn maker.I am trying to make the Popcorn maker by using only a multi functional Army knife.Because in most of the camping you may not find any other tools on your hand. I am using a Leatherman that I was won in an earlier Instructables Contest.

Enjoy the Coke, Recycle the Cans. Go Green and save the Planet.

Step 1: Things You Need

1. Coke/Soda/Beer Can

2. Tealight Candle ( Amazon )

3. ACT - II Corn ( Amazon )

4. Leatherman Tool or Knife ( Amazon )

5. Match stick or Lighter ( Amazon )

6. Bowl ( Amazon )

Step 2: Clean the Can

For this project you need two coke cans.

After drinking the coke, empty it entirely.

Then rinsed it out thoroughly by using water.

Step 3: Cut the First Can

Mark a rectangular shape to mimic as shown in the above picture.

Cut out along the marked line.

Then pull out the tab.It will create an opening for the popcorn.

Warning : Cut the can carefully,the sharp edges may cut your skin.

Step 4: Cut the Second Can

First mark a circle along the periphery as shown in the picture.

Cut along the line by using the Army knife.

Smooth out the edges by using the scissors.

Step 5: Make the Burner

Symmetrically, mark 4 points on the bottom of the can.

Then draw straight lines taking reference to the marked points.Join the two lines to make a " U " shape.

Cut along the marked lines.

After cutting the final result should be look like the last picture.

Step 6: Fold the Upper Portion

Mark a line on each limbs.The width is 1cm approximately.

Cut 4 small strips and the fold it as shown in the above image.

Step 7: Flatten the Bottom

The bottom part is slightly bulge outward ,so the candle can't sit firmly.

Use a hammer to flatten the surface.If you don't have hummer use stones to do it.

The burner is ready now.

Step 8: Lit Up the Burner

Now take a tealight candle.

Lit it by a match stick or a lighter.

Place it inside the burner.

Warning : Handle the fire carefully.

Step 9: Enjoy the Popcorn

Place the upper can just above the burner.

Keep a bowl just side to the opening part.

Pour popping corn kernels into the can.I used ready to use ACT-II classic salted corns.

Wait for few minutes.Suddenly, the popcorn will begin to pop and will escape the inside of the can through the opening you’ve created.

Note :The single tealight candle take lot of time to make the popcorn.To make faster, you should insert some more wicks in to the candle.

Enjoy the wilderness while having your favourite salty popcorn on your hand. Happy Camping !!!

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52 Discussions

Its an awesome Idea

Do i need the same popcorn that u use?

do you need that excact type of popcorn?

Nicely done! I appreciate the simplicity and the utility. Video is excellent!

It works but you get aluminium infused popcorn. A recipe for Alzheimers disease.

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You get more aluminum by drinking the soda :)
You get more aluminum from taking antacids than popping corn in a can.

was thinking the exact same thing, except the inside f the can is coated. No issue.

I don't drink any soda and maybe that is the reason I do not need antacids?

Deba's English is AMAZING...far better than the majority of us could speak his native tongue. The popper is very creative and a useful hack to know! Thank you, Deba!

I love the idea. I just would love to see better knife handling. Your methods scare me for young'uns that would try this project.

Keep the ideas coming.


2 years ago

Looks like fun, I am going to try it. Something to do on the patio at night. Thanks for sharing.

Combine this with the alcohol stove for a big boost.

Love it

This is a great idea, but if I were in camp, I'd just drink the coke, empty the popcorn into the empty can, and stick it over the fire until the can was full of popcorn and then I'd cut the top of the can off the get my meal.

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I must give you props for a great design. I'm wondering how a piece of burning charcoal would work. I thing it is worth giving it a shot.