This is a cardboard version of a traditional wooden toy, with a small modification to give it swinging legs, "just because".

Step 1: Materials and tools.

You will need a number of easily-obtained materials.

  • Corrugated card - enough to draw three copies of the template - maybe one and a half sheets of A4?
  • plain paper for templates.
  • Glue - I used PVA craft glue, but anything that sticks card will do the job.
  • String - three or four metres of slightly-rough string. Not the hairy stuff, but slightly rough.
  • A drinking straw.
  • A cocktail stick or bamboo barbecue skewer.


  • Cutting tools - scissors, craft knife etc. If your card is thick, you will need a large sharp knife like a Stanley knife (I believe Americans call them box-cutters?)
  • A drill - it is far easier to drill through several layers of corrugated card than it is to poke a hole.
  • A piercing tool - something to make a small hole in the card, such as a sharp pencil, a nail etc.
  • Printer or drawing tools.
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great one. i made one too and my small 8 yeared cousin plays almost the whole day with it.thankssssssssssssssssss!
Thanks Kiteman! I was inspired by your instructable to make a simplified 'Migrating Monarch' toy for a 250+-kids-in-3-hours craft activity. Printed the monarchs that kids colored on stiff cardstock, had them tape the short lengths of straw to the back, used household twine, and a 3-inch length of straw for the top cross bar. They tied knots at the ends of the string, and voil&aacute;! Not all of them worked, given the angles and lengths of some of the short straws, but some did and the kids (and grown-ups) loved them!
That's brilliant! <br> <br>Have you got photos? Or an Instructable?
um...can you put the skewer somewhere else?it might be a lil disturbing...<br />
wow perverted a bit?
You, sir, have a mucky mind - that's his navel!<br />
unrelated story time! i used to think that a navel was behind your nose, but now i am wiser and more like Gandalf, so i know better
Kiteman typo'd!<br/><br/><em>Close-up of middle-layer. Notice the hole pierced <strong>ijn</strong> the legs.</em><br/>
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the video was very funny I'm amused hehehehe
Excellent. My five year old is most amused. He's now on his second. Well Done.
That's great - how about posting a picture of his work?
I used to have a wooden one of these things in the shape of Humpty Dumpty stuck to the side of my pantry in my kitchen.. Havent seen him since we had the room re-fitted, but i remember him so well from when I was a child! The top beam cant have hung more than 5' off the ground, but I remember thinking how high he got and having to crane my neck to watch him climb to the top! And then the fun little jerky slide back down to the bottom.. Aaaaahhh.. Childhood :D - and i'm only 16 now!
LOL - the simple toys seem to have the greatest impact, don't they?
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LOL, thank you for the positivity.<br/><br/><sub>After I posted that video on YouTube, I discovered that there are hundreds just like it...</sub><br/>
what did you use to cut the cardboard
A strong craft knife, because scissors squished the corrugations. If I had one, I may have used a coping saw or scroll saw.
Someone should make a machine to pull the strings for you! Then you could leave it running non-stop!
I don't need a machine, I have sons - this is currently hanging in the hall of my home, and the boys have been using it non-stop for two days.
To tell you the truth it creeps me out! But, then again, most things do that to me :|
Very good !!! nice job best wishes for the contest
how does it work?
the string that goes through the hands is at a 45 degree angle where it passes through. when you pull the string you force the string straight, and then the gorilla is forced into a 45 degree angle, which lifts the other side of the gorilla a bit higher. when you pull the second string the same thing happens and the first side goes up, etc. by the way, great 'ible
Hi thanks for sharring I love it. Awesome and will make one!
I followed your instructions - thanks, now my daughter has another funny thing to play with. I have added an image of her looking at my Gorilla.
That is excellent!
This is cool Kiteman, good instructable. Cman
love the music to the video :)
This is cool. I've never seen these before.
Really? They've been around for <em>ages</em>.<br/>
Well, I haven't been around for ages. Only 14 years actually. But I'm definitely going to make one.
I saw some thing like this in the tv show &quot;zoom&quot; <a rel="nofollow" href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ZOOM">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ZOOM</a><br/><br/>but they made different animals not just gorillas, and the episode aired in like 2000, i made one right after i saw it <br/>
Zoom is so.... bizarre. You can't help but wonder what age of audience they try to appeal to...
they try to get younger kids but it looks like only pedophiles really watch it
That is some creepy music kiteman, this would keep my sntertained for hours.
Creepy?<br/><br/>Close your eyes and picture clowns while you listen to it - <em>that</em> is creepy.<br/>
I didn't even have to close my eyes. Can you say It?
To get a good surface to work on even the edges, use filler or plaster of pairs then sand down to a good finish, this is how I get my creations a smoother look and it gives more strength to the product.
Thanks, I never thought of filler.
Only eight more 'ibles till you have one hundred!
I make one for my sister' birth (7 years old). She is very enjoy ! Thank very much Kiteman !
The dark kite is in the background! Cool, now you just need a Mario climber to chase him.
There are the remains of at least four past projects in the background.
if you enter this in the gorilla glue contest it'll matches perfectly! its made out of cardboard and is a gorilla!
Check the top of the page - I already entered it.

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