Introduction: Fun and Easy Cardboard Horseshoe Puzzel

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In this instructable, I'll show you how to create a fun and entertaining horseshoe puzzle. Its easy to make and you don't need anything complex to make this. The goal of this puzzle is to take the ring off - but how...?

Step 1: Step 1: Materials

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You only need a few materials for this project - no fancy tools, just things you can find around your house:

  • Glue (I used a hot glue gun for this project)
  • Ruler or tape measure
  • Pencil, pen, or marker
  • Some string (I used some nylon string because that's the only thing I found)
  • Cardboard

That's it!

Step 2: Step 2: Cutting Some Suqares

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To make the horseshoes, you'll have to cut eight 5-inch by 5-inch squares. To make this easier, I cut out one 5" square and used this to trace 7 more.

Step 3: Step 3: Making the Horseshoes

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To make the horseshoes, you'll have to measure 1-inch inwards from 3 sides on one of the cardboard squares (look at the pictures for more details). Once you've made the three marks, draw three intersecting lines on the marks so they create a U shape, then cut on the lines to create a horseshoe. To transform the rest of the squares into horseshoes, line the first horseshoe to another square and trace the inside. Now, just cut on the lines - you now have a second horseshoe! Do this for the rest of the squares until you have 8 of them.

Step 4: Step 4: Making Notches (optional)

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To make the horseshoe puzzle look better when complete, take 4 horseshoes and cut a small notch at the end of each one. This will allow you to put the string on a easier and neater (you'll see what I mean later).

Step 5: Step 5: Gluing

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Take two of the four horseshoes that you cut a notch in and glue them together. Then, add two plain horseshoes(the ones without any notches) on each side so the notches form a small hole - one of your "handles" is ready. Use the remaining horseshoes to make another handle.

Step 6: Step 6: Attaching Strings

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I cut out two 6.5 inch strings for my horseshoe puzzle, you can cut any length that you want (try not to cut anything under 6 inches or the puzzle wont work well). To attach the strings, take one of the horseshoe handles and pour hot glue into the two holes you made earlier. Then, stick each string into both the holes. Don't glue the other horseshoe handle yet because we still have to put on the ring.

Step 7: Step 7: Making the Ring

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To make the ring, you have to cut out a 4 inch (in diameter) circle - then you'll have to hollow out the inside (I poked my scissors into the ring and slowly trimmed away the interior).

Step 8: Step 8: Finish the Horseshoe Puzzle

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Slide the ring onto the two strings then glue the other end of the strings to the second handle and your finished! I hope you enjoyed this instructable and don't forget to follow, favorite, and comment!! :D

Step 9: !!!!Spoiler!!!! Step 9: How to Get the Ring Off

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To get the ring off, you have to pull the ring through one oh the horseshoes. The ring is too small for both the ends to fit on, so only pull it through one end(look at the pictures for more info). Then, try to pull the ring all the way around so it comes off! To put the ring back on, repeat the same process but backwards.


seamster (author)2016-09-14

Such a great, classic puzzle. Nicely done!

Fuzzy Fox (author)2016-09-03

Thanks!! I hope you enjoyed my instructable!!!

Luc Volders made it! (author)2016-08-31

This is so nice and simple I made a 3D design in 123D and printed it.

Real fun for my visitors. Thanks for the idea.


Fuzzy Fox (author)2016-08-30

thanks for the advise

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