Introduction: How to Make a Ceiling Dart!

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This is a small guide on how to make your own ceiling dart. You can throw these and they will stick to most classroom ceilings, because they are made of a certain easily penetrable material, should work in offices too.

Step 1: Assemble Materials

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Your materials will be only:

Scissors x 1

Piece of gum x 1

Staple x 1

Step 2: Cut the Paper

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Simple fold one corner of the paper to the opposite side until it lines up and makes a square shape, then cut off the bottom piece so only the square shape remains.

Step 3: Folding

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Fold a corner to the opposite side and then unfold. Do this twice, so that it makes an "X" crease in the middle.

Step 4: More Folding

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Now fold it on that X so that it looks like the image below. It is creased so it should "want" to fold into this shape. It should look like a diamond point.

Step 5: Staple'd

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Take the staple and bend it so that it is one long line, and shove it through the very highest point in the diamond shape, make it so it is about halfway through.

Step 6: Gummeh!

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Now that gum you've been chewing (should be chewing, I'd be tempted myself) that gum piece, it should be perfect, put it in the middle over that staple, it will keep it in place and also add some weight.

Step 7: SquISH

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Squeeze the gum in the point, emphasize that diamond point! Then it's...ready! Aim it like a dart and stick it to your nearest ceiling. NOTE: This looks REALLY big right? Use lined paper, that way the hole punched edge won't be part of the square, making you cut out a smaller square.


You throw it like a dart, so you can do it a number of ways. I tend to hold one "fin" and aim towards the ceiling throwing overhand. Some people hold a fin, stand under the spot and throw the dart upwards by flicking their wrist, it's up to you to find which one works best.


crak-a-bottle (author)2010-02-28

at my school samba rehersal, we have one practice a month without our teacher. on one of these we got carried away and threw the drumsticks at the ceiling, they made holes in the tiles. Great fun! There's also hundreds of biros stuck in ceiling tiles throughout the school. I look forward to testing this 'ible!

Wetwillie1800 (author)2007-06-14

how big should the square you start with be? Please Reply Soon!!!!! Also, check out something called a "SATTELITE"

7001292 (author)Wetwillie18002009-10-24

2 inch by 2inch    use a thumbtack and hot glue, not  staple and gum

7001292 (author)2009-10-24

you should use a 2 inch by 2 inch square piece of paper and instead of using a staple and gum, use a thumbtack and hot glue. These things fly so far and always gostraight so its almost impossible to miss your target.

harry_osullivan (author)2008-11-30

i remember a similar game we played in our woodwork class when the teacher stupidly left a nail gun on his desk and left the room, took out a whole ceiling tile and smashed a window ha ha


thoraxe (author)2009-03-12

the paper clip bow and a toothpick tied to a straw work really well, can we used to send notes, they stick into people's bookbags, i drew smilies into the roof

LINGLING (author)2008-05-10

i rather take pen ink and glue from a glue stick and throw that at people, roofs, walls etc. It leaves a nice stain on every thing (tho it dyes ur hands.......)

struckbyanarrow (author)2008-05-02

i made simpler ones in 6th grade i would use a g2 pen ink tube and cleaned out all the ink them i sanded a thumb tack and glued it in. then i got a pen tube that would fit over the ink tube and i would blow through it and it would stick to the ceiling

KTH18 (author)2008-04-05


schmidtty (author)2008-03-06

exellent, nice job, worked perfectly the second throw

footballgirl004 (author)2008-02-09

instead of gum u could use blue tac

if you use a thumbtack and an eraser on the other end to sandwich the paper they stick way better

nightcreep20 (author)2007-06-03

ive thrown 1 at my teacher once as self defence

Imabitcrazy (author)nightcreep202007-06-18

Dude make it with a pin like a drawing pin its sharper and weve been making these for years

Yes, but those aren't always readily available, every classroom has a stapler. Usually.

Come to Nz and look in our walls there everywhere

berger6000 (author)Imabitcrazy2007-11-22

you live in NZ? that place is so SICK (good meaning)!!!

Kendallkip (author)nightcreep202007-07-30

Self defence? Your teacher atacked you? Hmmmmmmm...... *_*

for some reason, i don't believe you, its a commonly known fact that most people that say they've hit teachers, really, haven't

how did u get my email

i didnt...did i? well anyway maybe i just did

babyboi512 (author)AnarchistKid2007-06-16


Kid45 (author)2007-11-08

Cool, I'm gonna do this during my math class cause its really boring and I can probably get away with it :)

killerjackalope (author)2007-11-03

these are fun but also damn painful, I remember gettin one of these in the back and it hurt but it was made with a drawing pin and blutack so it was heavy too, that said these things are resillient as they can fly across the class into a wall six or seven times without breaking up. Also try different dart shapes, making longer thinner ones resembling planes with four wings can fly really fast.

chuck norris (author)2007-09-12

I have made these things for ages, they are possibly the cheapest and most entertaining anti-boredom device you can make in the middle of a history lecture. P.S the way i always did it though, was by making a paper airplane (usually a small, sleek, and fast one) and fit the tip of it with a straightened paper clip. Finally, tilt the planes ailerons upward (be sure they are folded well and just below 90 degrees) Then simply throw it forward, as if it was a regular plane, and it should climb up to the ceiling. if thrown fast enough, the paper clip should pierce the ceiling and stick.

copycat12345 (author)2007-09-01

You go to chino hills high don't u

poopsiedoopsie (author)2007-08-22

Holy crap, this thing is awesome. My old teacher, Mr. GM would love this thing. Who invented this thing?

I'm not sure, really. My english teacher showed us in 8th grade and I've known since then, they're very handy and if you're good enough it's possible to throw multiple ones. :o

Sweet. I think I'll try that. I made a lot for me and my sister out of oragami paper. I'm good at oragami.

musicman386 (author)2007-07-21

nice. made one of these. they work. most of the time

Reinhart (author)2007-06-22

cool idea, had never seen these before, but I find the staple is pretty weak....maybe we just have crappy staples lol.

Here, I'm going to update my instrucable with this, the brighter portion is what you use on loose leaf paper, and it should give you the right size. You can use it as a template for thicker paper if you want.

SeaLion (author)2007-06-06

How do you throw them again? Do i throw it like a flat triangle?

dreamparacite (author)SeaLion2007-06-06

You throw it like a dart, so you can do it a number of ways. I tend to hold one "fin" and aim towards the ceiling throwing overhand. Some people hold a fin, stand under the spot and throw the dart upwards by flicking their wrist, it's up to you to find which one works best. Thanks for your question, I'll update the directions. :D

gizmomaster (author)2007-06-05

Ouchey!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! IT'S IN MY EYE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

benhudson (author)2007-06-03

Ah, I remember these. Great fun :) People at my school used to make them with drawing pins at the end. They got stuck into boards, ceilings, walls, everything. The fun rapidly ceased when someone got one literally embedded in their head :)

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