Introduction: Make a Helicopter Out of a Paper Clip

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In this Instructable you will learn how to make a helicopter out of a paper clip. This is my first instructable.

Step 1: Gather Materials

1. a paper clip
2. a rubber band
3. masking tape
4. about 2-3 min

Step 2: Bend the Clip

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Take the paper clip and bend the long edge so that it is straight. It doesn't have to be perfectly straight.

Step 3: Fold the Loop

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Take the Paper clip then bend the inside loop so that it touches the end of the paper clip like in the picture.

Step 4: Attach the Tape

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Hold the long straight end and at the very bottom and take about 2 inches of tape and fold the tape on the bottom.

Step 5: Let It Fly!

Take your new Helicopter and stick the loop into the rubber band and pull the helicopter back then let it fly!


biochemtronics (author)2008-07-07

So does this thing spin or something when you shoot it from a rubber band? I guess i will have to make one to find out.

AsapMob (author)biochemtronics2015-07-18

It works great. Trust me

Rye2121 (author)biochemtronics2008-07-07

yeah, after you shoot it. while its coming down it's supposed to spin like one of those seeds from a tree

killerjackalope (author)Rye21212008-07-07

A sycamore seed...

Actually this project has some interesting little bits and variations, like a four bladed version (nature hasn't gotten that cool yet) also it could be a good kids project, where they have to make the slowest falling version they can...

Shouts to kiteman, get your class on this one!

That would be a maple seed. I have two in my yard. Gutter covers a must.:)

Nicolas Jara (author)2008-10-07


kylekosan23 (author)Nicolas Jara2011-07-05

is that REAL???

Nicolas Jara (author)kylekosan232011-09-26

I hope so. Hahaha.

TheSaltyCracker (author)2011-09-11

Works awesomely... nice little thing to play with during the commercial of a movie or when you have absolutely nothing to do.

ninjasamurai (author)2011-08-27

does this work

quickster228 (author)2008-08-07

cool does it actually work? never tried it yet and dont got a papaerclip lol

blin2 (author)quickster2282011-05-21

no it doesn't. it actually scraps you finger and makes you bleed. it happened to me.

kylekosan23 (author)blin22011-07-05

thats cause u probably didnt cover the end with the tape all the way

Rye2121 (author)quickster2282008-08-07

yeah. it works, its really fun.

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sonic1234 (author)2008-09-06

how do you make it work.

Rye2121 (author)sonic12342008-09-07

all u gotta do is pull the tail back in the rubberband and let it go

crazykiddo (author)Rye21212011-03-01

ive tried it hundreds of time but ant get it to work

olvegrn (author)2008-09-07

hey, did you think this one up by yourself? great minds think alike, or better minds steal....

Rye2121 (author)olvegrn2008-09-08

yeah i thought of this myself. i was really bored.....=)

dombeef (author)Rye21212010-07-15

it looks exactly like olvegrn's!

pennachi1 (author)2010-02-28

Nice job.

chi chi chippy (author)2009-10-20

not saying this isnt ur idea, its realy good, but i have a store bought thing like this that is plastic. this is cool, how far can you get it to go? the store bought one goes up about 200 feet and lasts about 30sec in the air. 

loltae (author)2009-06-08

monster hunter freedom 2 popo anteka

rooster1998 (author)2009-02-21

try making a paper clip plane.

kmelon (author)2008-09-15

errm.. mine didnt work at all

robomaniac (author)2008-07-24

I made one and it works! Thanks I throw with by hand since I am in the office :P By using a longer tape it falls slower. Try using macro on the camera or use the focus ring on your webcam to make better pictures. Good luck! ps- on step 5 the image is gone. Jerome

hugmepleaze (author)2008-07-11

Try setting your camera to a macro setting. Most digital cameras have it. Its a little flower symbol.

Rye2121 (author)2008-07-07

please leave me some comments!!!!

killerjackalope (author)Rye21212008-07-07

Don't bother, doesn't work like a forum topic, think... If we Make it they will come...

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