A Simple Guide On How To Build A Pepsi Vending Machine

When we laze in our bedroom, we became too comfortable that a run to the kitchen for some soda feels like a marathon. How we wish we could “accio” a can of Pepsi from the fridge. This “problem” led us to think and look for alternatives that make us lazier more comfortable rather while having fun.

No, we’re not thinking of a mini fridge. We are more into the cheaper DIY stuff. If you’ve guessed a vending machine, then you’re right! This tutorial, we will help you make a homemade Pepsi vending machine with only cardboards as the main material. See how we did the magic and be guided with this step-by-step process.

Materials You Need For The Project

  • Cardboard Boxes
  • Popsicle Sticks
  • Barbercue Sticks
  • Drinking Straws
  • Two Strong Magnets
  • Pepsi Cans
  • Coins

Tools For This Craft

Procedures Of How To Make Your Own Pepsi Vending Machine

1. Make The Base

Step 1: Cut a sheet of cardboard of about 23cm x 23cm having a thickness of approximately 7cm.

Step 2: Once done, mark the sheet with the following lines and measurements:

Put it aside first.

Step 3: Cut another sheet of cardboard with 27cm length and 23cm width.

Step 4: After cutting the cardboard sheet, place lines and markings following the measurements and location in the image below.

Note: I recommend following the dotted and full lines as it will help with the procedures later.

This will be the front side of the vending machine where all the controls will be created as we progress with the project.

Step 5: Open the rectangular figures traced in full lines with the use of your cutter.

Step 6: Glue the cut sheet from Step 4 vertically (upwards) on the cardboard sheet you made from Step 1 and Step 2. It should look like this:

2. Make The “Pepsi Can Chute”

Step 7: Cut two small rectangular sheets of cardboard with the measurements of 9cm length and 13cm width.

Step 8: With the two sheets you cut from Step 7, glue them on each end of the rectangular opening of the body of the vending machine. See Step 6 for reference.

This is where the Pepsi can falls off.

Step 9: Cut another rectangular sheet of cardboard that has a length of 10cm and width of 16.5cm.

Step 10: With the cardboard sheet from Step 9, glue it diagonally upwards in between the two walls of the exit point of the Pepsi can. The image for reference:

Step 11: To complete the exit point for the Pepsi can, create a “screen” that looks like a 2D rectangular TV with the measurements found on the image below:

Step 12: After the screen is done, glue it horizontally on top of the walls for the exit point of the cans. Be sure that that bigger side (4.5cm) is facing the front side.

3. Make The Pepsi Can Container

Step 13: You now have to cut two cardboard strips with 5.5cm length and 18cm width.

Place it on the side first.

Step 14: Cut two small squares of cardboard, which measures 6cm length and 5.5cm width.

Step 15: Get one of the rectangular strips from Step 13 and glue the squares from Step 14. You should attach the side of the square measuring 5.5cm.

Step 16: After the squares, complete the rectangular figure by gluing the remaining rectangle strip from Step 13 on the other opposite side of the other strip. This will serve as the box to channel the can to the exit point ot chute.

This will be placed on top of the “screen” in the proceeding steps. So, just set it aside for now.

4. Make The Locking System

Part 1: Lock System For The Chute Box

Step 17: We are ready to make the locking system of the vending machine. To begin, cut a small square that measures 2cm in length and 2.5cm in width.

Step 18: Glue the small square on the rectangular figure from Step 16. Attach it to the left side edge of the figure. Follow what was done in the image.

Step 19: Cut two L-shaped figures that have the measurements on the image:

Step 20: Glue the two figures together.

Step 21: Once the glue is dry enough, glue the L figure upwards on top of the small square from Step 18. If you are unsure see image for reference:

Step 22: Cover the L figure with popsicle sticks.

Step 23: Cut another two sheets of cardboard with measurements: 8.5cm in length and 13cm in width.

Step 24: Glue the sheets from Step 22 on the left wall of the can’s exit point. Just like this:

Step 25: Draw marks on the area of the third layer wall from Step 23 following these measurements.

Step 26: Cut a small strip of cardboard with 8cm length and 1cm width.

Step 27: Glue the strip on the marking you made from Step 24.

Step 28: Grab your popsicle sticks and glue them on top of the wall.

Step 29: Cut another small strip of cardboard that measures 1cm length and 3cm width.

Step 30: Glue the small cardboard strip diagonally in the space between the front of the vending machine and the cardboard strip from Step 25 and Step 26 (See star).

Part 2: Support For The Lock System

Step 31: Cut a fresh sheet of cardboard with the measurement of 26cm x 13cm.

Step 32: On the sheet, draw broken lines that create a rectangle with the sizes found on the images.

Step 33: Cut open the upper right side corner of the rectangle drawn on the sheet from Step 31 and Step 32.

Place it on the side for now.

Step 34: Cut a bamboo or barbecue stick 2.5cm in length.

Step 35: Glue the barbecue stick on the hole you made from Step 33. But, don’t fully push the stick towards the other side. Let it settle on the center.

Step 36: Now, you are ready to glue the entire sheet to the vending machine. Attach the sheet on the left side of the machine.

Part 3: Sliding Lever Of The Lock System

Step 37: Cut another strip of cardboard that is 1cm long and 5cm wide.

Step 38: Get another popsicle stick and glue the strip in the middle of it.

Step 39: Glue a drinking straw sideways on top of the glued cardboard strip and cut the excess.

Step 40: Cut the excess popsicle stick from where the straw is glued.

Step 41: Cut a bamboo stick that looks and measures as in the image.

Step 42: Glue the barbecue stick to the opposite end of the straw from the cardboard strip and popsicle stick figure (Step 39-40).

Step 43: Now, insert the straw on the protruding barbecue stick you made from Step 35 to Step 36. It should look like this:

Step 44: Place the rectangular figure from Step 16 on the vending following this position:

5. Make The Button

Step 45: We will start making the button. Again, cut 3 small rectangular strips of cardboard that measures 3cm length and 5cm width.

Step 46: Stack them together using glue to create a figure having 2cm length and 3cm width.

Step 47: Cover the sides of the button with extra cardboard surface.

Step 48: After covering it up. Insert the button into its appropriate hole and glue it on the rectangular figure behind it.

Step 49: Glue a cover on the button with a small sheet of cardboard.

6. Make The Vending Machine’s Inner Cover

Step 50: Now we will work on covering the upper part of the vending machine. Cut a square sheet of cardboard measuring 13cmx13cm.

Step 51: Glue the sheet on the upper portion of the machine in between the rectangular figure and the left wall of the machine.

Step 52: To create a double wall, cut two more sheets or cardboards that measures 11cm length and 13cm width.

Step 53: Glue the one sheet on the cardboard sheet from Step 51.

Step 54: Attach the other sheet from Step 52 on the other side of the machine (right side).

Step 55: Glue a strip of cardboard in between the walls you made in Step 52 to Step 54. Leave a gap between the covering and the chute box to allow easy movement of the latter.

Step 56: Create another strip of cardboard that measures 6cm length and 16.5cm width.

Step 57: Glue the bigger strip from Step 56 on top the small one from Step 55. Position it slightly diagonally downwards.

7. Make The Outer Cover Of The Vending Machine

Step 58: You will now cover the sides of the vending machine with carbon sheets measuring 26cm length and 13cm width.

Step 59: Glue the two sheets on both sides of the machine.

Step 60: To make the back and top cover, cut a big sheet of cardboard with these measurements and marks:

Step 61: Fold the sheet on the 13.5cm mark (follow the dotted line).

Step 62: Glue the sheet on the remaining open side (back) of the vending machine. The folded area should be on top because this will serve as the top cover.

8. Make The Open Top Pepsi Container

Step 63: To secure the top cover. Insert and glue one magnet on a 2.5cmx4.5cm sheet of cardboard.

Note: Mark the area where the magnet is glued.

Step 64: Glue the sheet and magnet on the middle edge of the top cover.

Step 65: Make another sheet with inserted magnet. But, this second set should be covered on top with another sheet of the same size. See image:

Step 66: After the glue has dried, attach it sideways on the inner middle of the body of the machine. It should look like this:

Step 67: Glue small strips on the three sides of the external base of the vending machine.

9. Design Your Pepsi Vending Machine

See the video tutorial here:

Final Thought

Fast, easy, fun and cheap, all four things that you will get to enjoy from this tutorial. We hope you push through and experience the excitement of having Pepsi right in your bedroom.

For questions regarding the tutorial, hit us in the comments section below. If you have interesting experiences or learning from this tutorial, let us also know. Don’t forget to share with friends and family so they also get to have their own vending machine.

Leave a Comment:

Elora says November 5, 2017

I started this on Thursday November 2nd, and to this day I’m still not done. It’s hard and some of the instructions don’t make sense.

Thank you,

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