Introduction: Paper Claw 2.0

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I made a paper claw a few months ago on instructables, and that design wasn't very good, it was small, it had rubber bands on it so the outside didn't look too great and it couldn't pick stuff up. I knew that I could make it better, the way of how it moved and was put together was not created until then, and I so far haven't seen any claws that use a design like this. This claw is based loosely off that design by that it has the same way how it is held together, every thing else is different and better.

This new design is bigger, it can now pick stuff up,and it uses a different way of making the claw open and close, so there is no external parts except the claw segments. It could also be made to suite to what you need, metal for heavy duty, it being longer to pick up stuff for the disabled, plastic for the cost and strength, or any thing else that is flat that you have laying around!

The first 5 people to make it will win a patch!
The first person to make this will win a 3 month membership! 
InfiniTTTy already made it!(he messaged me before every one else)
And the other 4 people to make this will get a patch!
dj-party made it second! Derek Scott Customs made it third! Potatoman1234 made it forth!

Here is the video:

Well, anyways, to the instructable!

Step 1: Supplies

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Here are the supplies
  • paper(I used thick cardstock but cardboard should work, i didnt test it out)
  • snippers
  • glue
  • wire (26 gauge is what i used)
  • a regular paperclip(not the small kind)
  • plyers
  • scissors
  • and a tack or pin

Step 2: Print the Template

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Just print it out on a regular printer
I dont have a picture for this so I just used a picture of the parts glued together

Step 3: Glue It and Cut It Out!

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Unfortunately I didn't have pictures while I did this, so i have the picture of the completed parts

Just glue it onto your thick card stock or cardboard(it should work) and with a scissor or an X-acto knife cut out the outline
For the claw segment, after you glue it on and cut it out, glue two pieces together to make it stronger.

Step 4: Poke the Holes

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Just with a regular pin poke holes in where the circles are.

Step 5: Strengthen the Inner Segment Parts

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The inner segment would be too weak and rip eventually if it is left alone, so I added tape to support it. You only need it on the top area where you poked the holes, I didn't think and put the tape all over on it

And then poke the holes again where they are supposed to be again.

Step 6: Puting Together the Claw Segment

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It is hard to explain so hopefully the pictures and captions will help.
If you need any help, comment below and i will help

The wire is approximately 1 inch long

Step 7: Making the Inner Segment

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This is the part that you pull in and out to move the claw.
It is hard to explain, so I tried to document how you do it with the pictures and the captions, if you need any help, comment below and i will make sure to help

The wire is approximately 1 inch long 

Step 8: Puting It All Together

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Get the inner segment, the outer segment parts, the paperclip, and the tape.
Cut the paperclip to three segments, each one is 3/4 in. long and put it in the upper hole on the claw segments, as in picture 2. Get one of the body segments and fold the little things at the top inward, and put it on like shown in picture 3. Keep on doing it for the other 2 body segments and make sure it looks like picture 4

Get the tape(any tape) and tape around the edges, make sure to not get in the way of the movement of the claw and try to make it look like picture 6

Step 9: You Are Now Done!

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To use it you hold onto the outer segment with one hand and the inner segment in the other hand, bring the inner segment out to close it, bring it in to open it.
If you need any help just comment and I will make sure to assist you

The first 3 people to make this will win a patch!


Potatoman1234 (author)2011-07-28

I have built one i am going to make mine a portal gub

opps got to put picture

dombeef (author)Potatoman12342011-07-28

Wow, good job! The patch is coming up!
And if you finish the portal gun you have to post a picture! :)

Derek Scott Customs (author)2011-07-07

here it is

I dont see anything

I guess it didn't upload. Do you have a email I could send it to?

Before I do that how about you try again?


You made it!

InfiniTTTy (author)2011-07-07

I build it! Very cool. I should have used thicker card stock for the inner assembly - it's a little flimsy in my version. Maybe I should have doubled everything up instead of just the claws. I also used paperclips which I think are were a little too think which made everything a little more tricky to build. Pics are here: Thanks for the instructable!

dombeef (author)InfiniTTTy2011-07-07


dj-party (author)2011-07-07

My metallic version XD

dombeef (author)dj-party2011-07-07

Wow! Unfortunately, someone private messaged me that they made it, before you, but I am still going to give you a patch!
Can you post a video? I wonder how it moves so smoothly, how thick is the metal?

Great job!

MelanieM131 made it! (author)2017-05-21

I thought you might like to see how we used this as part of a claw machine for my daughter's science project! Thank you for the tutorial :)

dombeef (author)MelanieM1312017-05-21

Wow, thats amazing! Good job to you both! I'm glad to have helped you improve upon my design and make something way better than i originally did!

FunLife3315 (author)2016-10-03


MMSSS1 made it! (author)2015-01-13

i make it
it is easy but I got Simple difficulties

i love it
i will make it again by steel if anyone can help me to make it by steel

FunLife3315 (author)MMSSS12016-10-03


jackmaster (author)2014-10-07

this is bad ass!!

radioloris (author)2012-03-10

I just want you to know that I am going to attempt to make this today with 24 kids, ages 7-14. We'll see how it goes!

Thanks for such good details!

dombeef (author)radioloris2012-03-10

Good luck!
And your welcome!

radioloris (author)dombeef2012-03-20

Well, it proved to be too difficult for one 2 hour class period, lol. I ended up finishing them for all the 7-9 year olds, and only doing the middle part for the older kids. I had them specifically look at how they were put together and said I wanted them to think of ways to make their own versions out of different materials or sizes.

I called this their prototype. :)

dombeef (author)radioloris2012-03-20

Did you take pictures? I would love to see how they did!

or_ford98 (author)2012-01-17

man, i love your blue tape!! :))

dombeef (author)or_ford982012-01-18


or_ford98 (author)dombeef2012-01-19


or_ford98 (author)2012-01-16

how do you send patches?

dombeef (author)or_ford982012-01-18

You have to be pro, then you get a limited amount of patches to send out.

coolguyxp (author)2012-01-18

I was wondering on the paper claw 2.0, how do you make the claw contract some more so that it can pick up smaller objects?

Rybka30 (author)2011-08-19

i think you are paperman :D great instructable :D

dombeef (author)Rybka302011-08-19


evindrews (author)2011-07-25

Please help! On this step, how did you connect the third piece? I could probably figure it out , but it would use alot of improvising and i'm afraid of messing it up.....

dombeef (author)evindrews2011-07-25

Oh, you are making it, Good luck, you are almost done!

Ok, for the third piece you will have to "wing it", just try to bend the wire so it is tight enough, and push it into the extra hole. It is fine it it is a kinda loose, if it is too tight it wouldn't move very well.

When you are done make sure to post a comment on the first step and I will give you a patch!

thing 2 (author)2011-07-13

I want to make a long one for sneaking or whatever. I wonder if I could make one that will bend or have a kink in it to pick up stuff easier.

dombeef (author)thing 22011-07-14

I waas thinking of making one like that for the cardboard contest that is happening right now

thing 2 (author)dombeef2011-07-14


Propslap (author)2011-07-12

But will it pick up stuff
Will it blend

dombeef (author)Propslap2011-07-12

It can pick stuff up, and I know the youtube channel, it will blend.

pietzeekoe (author)2011-07-09

Make a portal/gravity gun with it

dombeef (author)pietzeekoe2011-07-09

That was the original plan with it, but I made my measurements too small, I might make another instructable with the portal gun, it might be my halloween costume

vishalapr (author)2011-07-09

The video is brilliant!Well done!

dombeef (author)vishalapr2011-07-09


vishalapr (author)dombeef2011-07-09

You are welcome!

uberdreww (author)2011-07-07

if you make the main body like an oval it would almost look like the portal gun

dombeef (author)uberdreww2011-07-07

As I was making the plans a few weeks ago(i was really busy and I forgot about it) I was trying to make this for a replica of the gravity gun from the half life series. If you were to do it you would have to make it like this and then cover it with an oval like cylinder.

cloudifornia (author)2011-07-07

Very interesting, but how is this used as a kid's toy? I'm older than duct tape and I just don't get it.

dombeef (author)cloudifornia2011-07-07

It is fun to play around and pick stuff up with it, at least my sister likes it, she plays around with it.
If it was longer be put over a kids arm so the kid could play and make believe they were a robot, etc

jeremyzoo (author)2011-07-07

I saw your project on
Good job!

dombeef (author)jeremyzoo2011-07-07

Oh, that is too cool! I would have never thought that I would get on that blog!

And thanks!

Derek Scott Customs (author)2011-07-07

you only show 3 claws but with the pdf it has 6. do we double them?

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