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As the old adage goes, "One man's trash is another man's yo-yo"... or at least, it's something like that...

The first time I got a yo-yo was actually when I was in the hospital. I got my first yo-yo not long before the holidays. I didn't use it right away, but I did, I was hooked. I never learned any super cool tricks or anything, but just messing around with it is plenty fun. I still have that yo-yo, but I wanted to challenge myself to figure out how to make one out of materials at my disposal (or even in it) so others could also make one for themselves and share that joy.

Step 1: Materials

Picture of Materials


  • 2 Aluminum cans (with the same diameter)
  • Corrugated Cardboard
  • Old pen/mechanical pencil
  • Paper
  • Yarn


  • Drill
  • File/sandpaper
  • Hacksaw
  • Heavy duty scissors/tin snips
  • Hot glue gun
  • Ruler/Compass (circle drawing kind)
  • Scissors