Aperture Science Handheld Portal Device (Portal Gun)

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Introduction: Aperture Science Handheld Portal Device (Portal Gun)

About: I just like to make things. I dabble in a lot of mediums and usually don't like to spend money on parts, so most of my work is made with leftover materials. I love different forms of storytelling, and have a...


This was a Halloween costume I made earlier this year but never took pictures of. Overall the costume cost me around thirty dollars, virtually none of which was spent on the gun prop.

The jumpsuit I ordered online from this site . The rest of the money was spent on white acrylic paint for the jumpsuit decals and white portions of the gun.

The gun itself is constructed from recycled materials. The white portions and handle are cut from bleach bottles, one large and one small. The main body is a large can of peanuts. The barrel is a section of cardboard tube with a strip of camping foam glued around the end. The clear tube is a fancy glass sparkling water bottle my roommate had in the recycling. The brand is called VOSS. The arms are card stock and the wires are coat hanger. I borrowed a can of black spray paint from my girlfriend for the color.

I left some open spaces in the body of the gun and under the fancy bottle cap to stuff in some blue or orange glow sticks.

I am quite proud of this project, and despite it being made for practically nothing, to me the device is more valuable than the organs and combined incomes of everyone in *subject hometown here.*


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    where can i find the steps?

    Dont suppose one could squeeze in a bunch of wires, batteries, and a couple of LEDs to make it light and junk

    I'm making mine right now. Following your steps religiously. Thanks SO much for putting this up! I can't wait to see how mine looks!

    I like DOOM DOOM is AWSOME

    Wait, What?
    I wasn't even talking about DOOM?

    can you post a instructable by August 8th because I really want this for my birthday

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    Oh, sorry. Right here:
    https://www.instructables.com/id/Budget-Portal-Gun-From-Recycled-Materials/

    Oah mah gawd thank you so much it is awesome

    Working on it! I've finally emptied out another jug and hopefully spring break will give me time to build a new one.

    Thanks for this, mate! I made one for halloween this year. I had to modify it quite a bit, but it was still a hit at some of the parties I went to.

    I used some sections of Diet Dr. Pepper bottles for the clear part and made the barrel out of a Pringles can inside a USPS cardboard tube mailer-thing. I made the claws out of poster board, so they were a little bigger/floppier, but they still made it. I couldn't tell what you made the mounts for the claws out of, so I just took a Sharpie to the bottle caps of the DDP bottles.

    Thanks again for this idea.

    Not sure if you'd still care, but it's 'Janola' lol

    This is my favorite "Doesn't take forever, lots of training as a prop designer, and tons of money" Portal Gun! PLEEEEEASE make an instructable! I need to make one for a Convention coming up in a month or two, and I understand MOST of this, but an instructable would be AWESOME!

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    I'll give it a shot, but it could take a while considering it was made completely from found materials and the fact that I had no real plan the first time through.
    In the meantime, I would be happy to answer any questions you have to help you meet your deadline.