Introduction: Build the Starship Enterprise From Useless Office Supplies

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For the Star Trek fan in every office, you too can build this NCC-1701 Enterprise from junk in your desk drawer. Easy to assemble. Impress your friends. Makes a great gift or holiday ornament.

Step 1: Parts

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You will need:

3 medium size binder clips
1 large binder clip
1 sharpie pen
2 ink pens with colored end caps (or pencils). They need not be working.
3 CD's (one preferably silver and unscratched).
Glue stick
Hot melt glue gun or other adhesive (in a pinch, tape will also work).

Step 2: Assemble Saucer Section

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Glue the 3 CD's together with a glue stick.

Step 3: Modify a Binder Clip

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Remove the handles from the large binder clip and install them on one of the medium sized binder clips. You will no longer need the large binder clip.

Step 4: Assemble the Hull

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The hull is the sharpie pen and 3 clips.

Arrange clips in the fashion shown in the picture. Remove handles from the non modified binder clips after you install them.

Step 5: Engine Assembly

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Remove guts of the pens and install the end caps from red pens. (optional).
The red caps will face forward.
Pencils and other writing instruments will work as well.

Step 6: Attach Engines to Hull

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Glue (or tape) pens to binder clip handles as shown in picture.

Step 7: Add Saucer Section to Hull

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Glue CD's to the the front binder clip as shown in the picture.

Step 8: Results

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All finished. Use a lunch bowl as a decorative stand.

Step 9: Bonus Section: the Starship Reliant

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With a few extra parts, you can make the Starship Reliant as well.

Step 10: Conclusion

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Aside from the binder clips (and glue), all the other parts came from the recycle bin.
The total cost was less than $5.

For a future project, it may also be possible to make a Romulan Bird of Prey using similar construction methods:


FoxyP (author)2016-11-17

is it possible to use a third medium sized binder clip? I don't have any big ones.

Gervnan Erlan (author)FoxyP2017-11-30

If you have 2 medium size binder clips aand 2 sharpies you can make the USS Kelvin

uwezi (author)2016-02-13

Hahaha, yes this is also a great idea!

brianpotter (author)2014-11-01

oh my gosh thank you sooo sooo much i made this for my brothers 18th birthday and even attachd some red LEDs at the ends of the pens!!!

MicioGatta (author)2014-09-18

It's great. I think this is the first instructable on I saw!

dragonvpm made it! (author)2014-05-24

Great Instructable! I made two and this is the one that ended up in my office for all my office-mates to envy ;-). I added the domes the way potatojesus suggested and used an old button from our sewing kit's stash of lost buttons for the front dish. Thanks for posting the Instructable!

Derin (author)2009-07-22

A,B,C or D?

crash770 (author)Derin2012-05-21

And NX-01, E, F, J, and XCV 330

potatojesus (author)2008-12-02

I had waaaaaaay to much fun with this. I'm afraid my OCD took over and I went a little bit overboard. The colors were nail polish I raided from my wife's collection. The nubby thing on the saucer section is a piece of wax I molded using the bottom of a wine glass. Also I added a deflector array to the front of the hull (not pictured). It was a dime I pounded into a concave shape. Thanks for the fun project.

spizman (author)potatojesus2011-08-13

Just letting you know,but defacing government coins is illegal.

Aethereal (author)spizman2012-04-28

Only if it has the Queen on it; you can draw on American bills and wreck the coins. You're not supposed to, but it's not illegal. It is if it's a Canadian dime though xP

tinkerC (author)potatojesus2010-11-14

THIS. LOOKS. AWESOME! Could you please make an instructable on this, I would LOVE to get as good results as you did. Amazing work, BTW!

Keira_Yagami (author)potatojesus2009-02-04

how did u get the little hump in the center. U did great on this it rocks!

potatojesus (author)Keira_Yagami2009-02-04

I had a wine goblet that I used as a mold. I took a tea candle and took out the wick. I sprayed the inside of the goblet with cooking spray then put the candle in the goblet. Then I stuck it in the microwave to melt the wax. After it melted into the bottom of the goblet I put the goblet in the frig so it would set up. With some gentle prying, the molded piece of wax popped right out. I made two, one for the bottom and one for the top of the saucer section. I did have to sand to flat part of the wax a bit to flatten it a bit. Then I glued to to the saucer.

I would really like to see the bottom and front of yours. Would you mind posting a few more pics?

here you go.

TFElite (author)potatojesus2009-08-11

how did you get the letters?

Keira_Yagami (author)potatojesus2009-02-08

sweetness! I'm gonna have to do this. (Once i find my Glue Gun)

Jetpack5 (author)2012-04-24


sploge (author)2009-02-01

pure genius could not be better ...unless it really flies...... wait does it really fly ........

spizman (author)sploge2011-08-13

Probbably would if you put wings on it(or a rocket engine. XD)

sierrabravo (author)2010-02-14

KHAAAN!!!  This is awesome, i'll have to do this at work tonight (although I bet some buzz-kill will ruin it...)

spizman (author)sierrabravo2011-08-13

That, or the Klingon Empire!!! Muahahaha! MUAhaha!MUAHAHAHAHAHA--
*cough* *cough* *wheeze*

tinkerC (author)2010-11-14

I LOVE THIS! Next trick: The Enterprise D, or E :). This is one Instructable I am going to build in the next two minutes!

spizman (author)tinkerC2011-08-13

:( u furgots the NX-1

chellspecker (author)2011-05-12

Great model! The first link above, to cloudster dot com doesn't seem to work. It looks like that domain isn't registered. Are you sure it's the correct link? The other one is fine. Thanks.

spookylean (author)2011-05-10

Here's a little homage:

endeavourkid (author)2011-04-10


ddarkeststar (author)2011-03-02

I don't imagine they leave you alone in the supply cupboard very often. :-)
Excellent models

idkwthiam (author)2010-12-15

omfg!!! love it. mom is a trekie. im new .will someone please show me how to make reliant.ill be your bestest buddie.Q("Q)

Mirime (author)2010-09-18

Frekin' awesome!!!!!!!!!!!! Now I have to make one to annoy older sis....... that Pa'tak.......... dosen't even know who the klingons are:( oh well gess she'll learn soon ;D

yoyonut (author)2010-09-12

amazing my dad is a huge treky, he will love it!

ryanninjasheep (author)2010-06-20

How are you supposed to take the handles off??

S5114 (author)ryanninjasheep2010-07-15

you squeeze them hard and they come off easily.

ryanninjasheep (author)S51142010-07-19


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ryanninjasheep (author)2010-06-20

imagine this in space with captain picard on it! woo-hoo

NutandBolt (author)2010-04-28

Great  instructable So simple and it looks great. Will be cool to make starfleet from stuff we have around. keep on the good work. fellow trekkie.

XOIIO (author)2010-03-18

Bird of prey would lookfantastic! I love this instructable!

chrisofec (author)2010-03-13

Great, easy project!  People who walk into my office immediately take notice of it!  Here's mine...had to use pencils, but thought it came out pretty good.

twocvbloke (author)2009-04-17

You forgot the "rollbar" on the Reliant model, you have to have the rollbar otherwise it's just a Miranda v.II (Miranda being the class of ship)... :) Love the models though... :D

TyMan210 (author)twocvbloke2009-12-18

 That's exactly what I thought!

Brucie83 (author)2009-02-08

Wow! I want to see more Star Trek ships now! Or any Sci-Fi ships! Keep it up!

Gamer917 (author)Brucie832009-08-06

im going to make a paper star destroyer soon i might post an instructable

Gamer917 (author)Gamer9172009-08-06

yes it will be an imperial class stardestroyer

chaderoo2 (author)2009-07-28

They have a E enterprize from picard to.

sciencensorcery (author)2009-05-07

This is awesome! =) I just featured it in my weekly column on Fandomania:

TheMoonMaster (author)2009-04-07

I'll make it... so.

lucariothelegend (author)2009-03-31


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