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Have you ever wanted to peek around a corner without your head poking out? How about peering through your window without people seeing you. In this instructable, I'll show you how to make a super easy periscope that will keep you hidden while you spy!

How it works: Periscopes work by using mirrors to show you an image out of your direct line of sight. It allows you to to look past obstructions in your line of view, look around corners, or over walls.

Read on to find out how to make this super cool spying periscope!
 
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Step 1: Supplies and tools.

To make this super cool spy periscope you're going to need:

1. Some sort of long narrow cardboardish box. You could use an orange juice box, or something with that basic shape. I used a Thin Mints box, because it was narrow, long, and sturdy.
2. 2 small mirrors. I found my two mirrors out of old make-up containers. They're easy to pry out of the top, but be careful, if the mirror breaks, it could cut you.
3. Duck tape.
4. A knife. I used my Leatherman, but an X-acto knife, or carpet cutter works too.
5. A marker.

Step 2: Prepairing the body of the periscope.

Take your cardboard box. It should be sorta long, and narrow in shape. The first thing you want to do is to close up the ends with your tape. Just close the ends and cover them with a piece or two of tape.

After you've done this, cover the whole box in tape. The tape adds to the rigidity of the box, and makes everything look cleaner and smoother than if it were left the way it was. And it makes it look less suspicious than a box of thin mints peeking up over the window.

russell1171 year ago
Bob
gagegar russell11710 months ago

Why Bob?

Quack tape. :P lol.
:)
rkent205 years ago
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rkent20 rkent205 years ago
ummmm you delete
my own account

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Shajee45105 years ago
i did dis at skol once.....unfortunately we built it out of bristleboard n it wasnt stron enuf....... i m gonna try 2 make dis out of wood now
*cough* Duct tape is the correct spelling. XD Sveet 'structable.
Gunk on Floor (author)  Aburame Shino6 years ago
Yeah, yeah, I know Lol. Saying Quack Tape is fun to though. Maybe one day there will be tape that quacks when you put it on something.
Or even better, growls like a platypus. <33
platypuses growl?!
Yeah. Platypi are my favorite animals.
hahahahahahahahahahahahaha....
quack tape is more fun!!! duct tape is the kind of tape and duck tape is the brand
Actually its either way, they 're both right
here
rkent205 years ago
who knows Teddy Nelson
This was really cool.It actually work!!!
what did you expect!! hahaa
rkent205 years ago
We are doing this assignment at skool and we have to make this periscope
mastermind15 years ago
i have 2 days left on my project this is a great last minute school project thnx for posting
Nice ibl but you should paint it flat black so it is more stealthy!
Udon6 years ago
Nice instructable. These are so cool. I had a deprived childhood. I wanna build one that has a rusty green metal case and uses motors to adjust. Has this been done before? And has anyone tried attaching binocs to this kind of periscope? Does it mess with the optics, or could it work?
rocketguy6 years ago
Time for a tallest functional periscope contest!
I can see the news news now: "Earlier today, while trying to make an attempt for the Guinness World Record of tallest functional periscope, a man fell down an elevator shaft in the Burj Dubaia skyscraper under construction in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, the tallest man-made structure on Earth, at 2,087 ft."
Udon whosdadog6 years ago
Oh, the huge manitee.
"...rescuers advised that while the man miraculously survived the fall unscathed he apparently suffered a small cut from a piece of glass or possibly a mirror." (hehe)
Ah, the news news.
That's a lotta duct tape!
duck-lemon6 years ago
kEwl i have instructions on how to make in book and already knew in my head but never got around to making one. Nice job on the instructable and getting featured.
I really enjoys the thing that i hav made-periscope.=)
hvac20106 years ago
Narrow, Long, and Sturdy...James Bond would be proud lol....im so childish....thanks 4 the post nice job?
lol..............................
Zanzispot6 years ago
Didn't you do this when you were a kid? This was standard stuff years ago, milk carton periscopes.
guyfrom7up6 years ago
congrats on making MAKE
Gunk on Floor (author)  guyfrom7up6 years ago
This is on MAKE? I had no idea! Thanks!
That is very cool. Good stuff man, I'll build it soon...
Also, you could use 2 milk cartons (half gallon) instead
Sandisk1duo6 years ago
this reminds me of 5th grade scince...
Hey isn't that MY knife that I left over at your house a while back?
Gunk on Floor (author)  SnuffyDaPenguin6 years ago
Lol, if said knife was a brand new Leatherman Core than yeah. But I doubt it was.
Notn46 years ago
nice! remember making one of these in elementary school :P mine was bigger though...
NeonLime6 years ago
My Grandpa Used To Make These When i Was 5 :P Hes Gone Now But Atleast I Can Still Make these ;)
cool instructable
Kiteman6 years ago
Thankfully it's unnoticeable to the rest of the people in my house.

Except they have now read that comment.
gmjhowe6 years ago
Love it! the duck tape just makes it also
darkmuskrat6 years ago
Lol, i remember doing this with a milk carton... If you get 2 nearly the same diameter pipes, you can fit them together and rotate the end too if you want to have para scope skillz :P
LinuxH4x0r6 years ago
Cool! I was going to make a small one for my macbook's camera
Oh, Thanks!
Oh well tbeseda made one heres the link LINKL!!
Ethelon6 years ago
Oh cool, i remember i made one of these for a science project before...
Awesome! I love these things, but never have the chance to make them, or buy them. Great job!