Swiss Army Knife made out of popsicle sticks!

This is a Swiss Army Knife prop that YOU can make using only a couple of popsicle sticks (tounge depressor type).

NOTE: I do not know how to make the blades stop when fully extended. You can turn them until they hit the other side of the stopper. I did not have a Swiss Army Knife available while making this Instructable.

Please post a solution if you can.


You will need:

 - 6 popsicle sticks (wide type)

 - Superglue

 - Drill

 - Jigsaw (optional)

 - 1/2cm drill bit

 - Sandpaper 150 grit and 280 grit

 - Pen or marker

This is not a Step-by-step Instructable, so I'm hoping you understand the process from the image notes.

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TheGeek19843 years ago
OK, after I drew that up, I had to try it. So since I had some popsicle sticks lying around, I grabbed one and this is what I got.
  1. Just like the picture, there is a notch on the same side as side C. Sides A and C are roughly the same length, and B actually came out pretty even too.
  2. I found that it was easier to leave side A rather long, then drill the hole out, and then shorten it to match C.
  3. The dotted line is just where I tapered the blade, and I colored in the notch for the thumb to pull out the blade. The other notch...I'm not really sure why that's there, maybe aesthetics? I was going off of my little Swiss Army blade.
Again, this is just a rough work up of what I drew last night. I just wanted to make sure that it was possible. Good luck on version 2!
colorex (author)  TheGeek19843 years ago
Great! I'll send you a patch for doing my knife!
Awesome! Thanks for the patch!
TheGeek19843 years ago
So, from what I gather from looking at my knife and opening and closing it, this is how you make the blades stop when opening them.

I apologize for the crudeness and poor handwriting...
colorex (author)  TheGeek19843 years ago
Hahaha Yes! This is coming up in version two. Thanks for your help!
Not a problem. I wasn't sure if you'd had a reply yet, and I knew from watching shows like "How It's Made", the mechanics of it. But I had to see it in action by opening and closing my knife before I felt like I could even try to articulate it. I hope it helps!
gUmMy_BeAr3 years ago
omg omg omg omg omg im soooo going to make one
colorex (author)  gUmMy_BeAr3 years ago
Cool! I'm happy you like it!

Wow! really cool.:)

ansh901 year ago

you know you can break an actual knife and drill a hole and replace the traditional wood right?

but be careful when breaking the knife

use the small ones on not the bud bread knife or something like that

here is mine
Snow man3 years ago
good job! going to make one!

P.S. how the blades come out of the knife?

colorex (author)  Snow man3 years ago
They swing over a wooden axle.
Robot Lover3 years ago
This is pretty cool! You should put a little wood filler or bondo over it so it's smoother.
colorex (author)  Robot Lover3 years ago
Comin' up in the new version!
colorex (author)  Robot Lover3 years ago
Comin' up in the new version!
nattyclem3 years ago
brilliant instructable, I love it and are probably going to make one.
well done and I really hope you win a prize. with you all the way.
colorex (author)  nattyclem3 years ago
Thanks! Im sooooo glad you like it! Thanks for your good wishes! You're just so awesome!
agis683 years ago
I used to do spoons and knifes from popsicles many years ago...I think this is really worthing the prize......good luck...i will try to make one....(not very sure for the result)....
colorex (author)  agis683 years ago
it's cool but i make a single knife 7 month ago and i try very hard to make it sharp but wood cant be sharp like knife and i don't think that this is sharp and it is very cool man and i will upload a better knife with a junk metal
i have made many wood knives and they can be just as sharp as metal they just don't hold an edge very long but can be sharp enough to shave hair
colorex (author)  Mahmoud Alaa3 years ago
It's just a replica... It's not meant to be sharp...
ZoDo3 years ago
Realy cool!!! This can be a great gift for kids.

P.S: Why don't you paint it so that it has an even more realistic look
colorex (author)  ZoDo3 years ago
I already did, but haven't uploaded...
ZoDo colorex3 years ago
Nice. Almost like my original Swiss army knife :P
colorex (author)  ZoDo3 years ago
Yeah! I had one that had a knife, a sandpaper-ish thingy, a couple of tweezers and a toothpick. I lost it lots o time ago...

This one is about double the size.
colorex (author)  ZoDo3 years ago
There you go.
Imadeit3 years ago
i carved this with my swiss army knife.lol
colorex (author)  LaffyDuck1873 years ago
Hahaha LOL
Daaaaaannngggggg.... I was going to do this someday, except, again, someone else beat me to it :/ Oh well :D
colorex (author)  nutsandbolts_643 years ago
You can still do it :)
tobyscool3 years ago
So Cool!!!
Going to make one right now :P
colorex (author)  tobyscool3 years ago
I mean when... :S
colorex (author)  tobyscool3 years ago
Cool! Post a picture of it ejem youre done!
Kiteman3 years ago
This sort of project really needs to be in the proper step-by-step style.
colorex (author)  Kiteman3 years ago
I agree. But I had little time...
colorex (author) 3 years ago
I have found a solution to the problem posted above. Please expect it in the Popsicle Stick Swiss Knife 2.0! Coming soon!
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