Introduction: Popsicle Stick Switchblade

Along with paper airplanes my dad made these for me all the time when I was younger. Simple fun switchblades you came make with just 3 Popsicle sticks and 2 Rubber Bands.

Step 1: Materials and Tools

What you need:
3 Popsicle Sticks
2 Rubber bands

Wire cutters

Step 2: Making the Blade

Cut about an inch off the end of one stick. Making a sharp point is optional.

Step 3: Making the Switch

Next you will want to cut 1.25" piece off the second stick. And then cut another smaller piece off the longer end about a 1/4 will do.

Step 4: Assembly

The image shows how the knife will be laid out.

Step 5: Attach the Blade

Wrap rubber band around the blade and handle. Not to tight, the blade must be able to rotate 180 degrees.

Step 6: Assembling the Switch

Place the small 1/4" piece on the handle then put the 1.25" piece on top. And wrap with the rubber band.

Step 7: Operating the Knife

Rotate the blade, squeeze the switch open and clasp the blade.


cherianne made it! (author)2014-12-28

Love this! This is the one that I made!

Plo Koon made it! (author)2012-04-04

dagnabbit no popsicle sticks!!!!! =(

643819 made it! (author)2011-02-04

Awesome but is it legal because it is still a switch blade but wooden

Vannak made it! (author)2009-08-27

thats the fricken coolsest thing ever, super simple and fun

stillerxy7 made it! (author)2009-06-26

thx it took me a 1/2 hour to get the last part right

link221 made it! (author)2009-05-16


Stewie167 made it! (author)2009-01-24

nice instructable dude, thanks alot

imthereal made it! (author)2008-10-18

thats a really good idea! i'll probably make one next time i have popsicle sticks haha :)

turner22 made it! (author)2008-09-09

this is genius! rig it up wit an x acto blade and you've got a productive tool!!

turner22 made it! (author)turner222008-10-18

dood that's exactly wat i did but it wasn't really useful cuz i couldn't cut any thing with it. it was fun to open tho!

Ninjjutsumaster made it! (author)2007-11-28

i sorry but its so hard to get it right its either too hard or too loose I got so mad i broke mine in half:(

mashedpotato13 made it! (author)mashedpotato132008-08-17

you broke it in what!!??

TheMoonMaster made it! (author)2008-07-27

This will work so well in my popsicle stick nija war that my friend and I are going to have. We've got throwing stars and ultimate ninja katanas. The swords are life sized and I may post them.

TheMoonMaster made it! (author)2008-07-27

You can also strap it on to your wrist and use it as an assassins creed hidden blade.

zach911 made it! (author)2008-06-08

i live in texas so switchblades r 100% legal and so r butterfly knives.

u dont know me made it! (author)2008-06-05

I just made one of these and thier soo simple to make. But yet so fun to use. =D

Constructo Man made it! (author)2007-11-20

My dad's a pilot, and he brought one back from one of his trips. It said polish switch blade on the box so I assumed they came from Poland. Anyway, I sometimes make them but I don't sharpen them and I use a clothespin.

ddbisho made it! (author)2007-10-28

I used to make these all the time and had forgotten about them as an adult. Thanks for bringing back some good childhood memories!

JamesRPatrick made it! (author)2007-10-27


joejoerowley made it! (author)2007-10-27

Cool! Love it!

TonyRog made it! (author)2007-10-27

Oh man! I remember making these in grade school. That was way before zero tolerance. Thanks for the blast from the past!

havanacus made it! (author)2007-10-26

Out of curiosity, has your father ever served time in prison?...

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