Balloons are great for simple pranks. You can pop the balloon and scare someone, or you can fill the balloon with water and soak them. These are some of the simplest and most basic pranks that you can do. But you can always make improvements on an old classic. In this project, I am going to show you how to pop a balloon remotely. That way you don't have to be anywhere nearby when it goes off. Pranks are always better if the victim can't figure out who did it or how they pulled it off.
All you need is a small remote controlled car and a needle.
Step 1: Materials
Remote Controlled Car
Step 2: How the Prank Works
Step 3: Disassemble the RC Car
I was lucky in that my RC car was designed to be modular. So I was able to break it down to just the board, the motor, the battery and the power switch. After disassembling most of the car, I reattached one of the wheels. It is easier to mount the needle to a wheel than the drive shaft of the motor.
Step 4: Attach the Needle to the Wheel
Be very careful with this needle spinning wheel. The wheels on an RC car can spin incredibly fast. if any part of you gets too close to this spinning wheel of death, you could be seriously injured. Use common sense. To be safe, keep both the transmitter and the receiver turned off when you are working on it.
Step 5: Attach the Remaining Parts Together With Tape
This completes your balloon popping mechanism.
Step 6: Setup the Balloon and the Popping Mechanism
There are a lot of ways that you can attach the balloon and popping mechanism. I just used duct tape. As long as the surface of the balloon is dry duct tape will stick to is very well. For larger balloons, you can loop the duct tape under the balloon and cradle it so that it doesn't pop under its own weight. Duct tape also lets you make slight adjustments to the positioning of everything.
Lastly, manually turn the wheel to make sure that the needle will hit the balloon. If everything lines up properly, then you are all set.
Step 7: Pop the Balloon
When your victim walks under the balloon, use the remote to activate the popping mechanism. The motor will spin the wheel and the needle will pop the balloon. They will never see it coming. At this point it is usually a good idea to run away as fast as possible.