Dec. 8th
written by scott
Do try this at home, but don’t burn your house down!

This turned out to be one of the more dangerous machines I’ve ever built.  The goal was to make a cotton candy machine out of parts I had lying around.  The finished product was an aggressive, 1/2 horsepower, 4000°F beast of a machine that lasted long enough to prove itself before dying of awesomeness. 

If you want to build a cotton candy machine at home, all you need is:

  • A tin can, like a tuna or dog food can
  • A drill with a very small drill bit
  • A motor (ex, your drill, an old CD player, a blender)
  • A heat source, such as a propane torch, a lighter, or the coils from an old toaster
  • A bucket to catch the cotton candy, or alternately a sheet of paper to wrap around the assembly
  • Sugar

Follow the steps in the video to see just how easy this machine is to build.  Oh, and don’t forget… safety first.  My favorite part of this project was setting up a blast shield in front of the camera before we turned on the machine.

cotton candy build
Special thanks to Victor (@sphing) for filming!

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  1. Nothing in the world would make me happier than having my son grow up and try to make his own cotton candy machine and I am NOT being sarcastic. I mean it from the bottom of my mommy heart.

  2. 11/02/2011

    Please could you tag this “candyfloss”, which is what those of us on this side of the Atlantic call “cotton candy”?

    I didn’t know what cotton candy was until I watched the video :-)

    Mark in England

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    What else can you do with the cotton candy machine?

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