Office Supplies Football

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Introduction: Office Supplies Football

Build a football out of commonly available office supplies. Bring the gridiron to an office near you in a few easy steps.

Step 1: Collect Your Materials

Start by collecting the necessary materials to build your football. You will need

x1 Stryofoam coffee cup

x3 Sheets of paper
The paper provides weight, and allows you to customize the flight characteristics of the finished product - Lighter = more float, Heavier = faster. I chose what was readily available... a cube-mate's Star Trek ascii art.

x2 Pieces of scotch tape (around 8" in length)

Step 2: Paper Ball

Using a single sheet of paper, crumple it into a ball. Continue with the other sheets, until you have a good size ball of paper.

Step 3: Adhesive

Create two loops of tape around the ball, sticky side out. This will help the ball retain it's shape and stay in place when throwing.

Step 4: Last Step...

Stuff the taped-up paper ball into the bottom of the stryofoam cup. Make sure it is secure, but try not to break the cup.

Step 5: Throwing

Throwing is based on personal preference, but I've found you can throw a pretty tight spiral by gripping the cup using your thumb and three fingers. Throw it like a football and create spin by rolling it off your fingers. This is a popular item around the office as it is an almost universal truth that guys like to throw things at each other. Enjoy...

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awesome ya know u can cut and tape some pipe cleaners to make laces:)

This is a great and cool idea/instructable! I've never heard of a paper football.

i like paper footballs. those are better. you dont always have a styrafoam cup.

paper foootballs are fun too-- although this is more for people who dont like to fold stuff lol :)

Would cutting spiral grooves into the cup in the same direction you spin when you throw help or would it make it more flimsy. kinda reminds me of the nerf vortex throw thingies except it seems to be vastly superior as its made for almost nothing . Free polystyrene cups are an excelent raw material for all kinds of art and fun - i used loads back in college.

With a paper cup you could easily pinch off a couple of fins and bend them both in the same (CW or CCW) direction. I'll test this in my office when there's nobody around, which seems to be all the time. It's like working in that play "No Exit." Totally weird.

I think it's obvious how to make a paper ball with tape around it. Welcome to the world of instructables noob.

I admit to not reading the whole thing, I apolagise.

I apologise too then. Yay! Peace rules.