While bored at work, I came up with this idea while trying to shoot paperclips into my ceiling....Then I fell upon this. It only takes about 2 minutes and practically no money....unless you need to buy the "everyday materials." This is my first instructable, so please, let me know what you think.
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Step 1: Materials

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There are 3 basic materials that you will need to effectively make the amazing paperclip helicopter thingie.

1) Paperclip....DUH
I used a #1 size.

2) A Rubberband. Just the normal size will do.

3) Some medium weight tape. Masking tape is GRRRREAT!


Step 2: Paperclip Manipulation

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I am not responsible for your stupidity. I am not responsible for any harm which may occur in the next few steps or after successful completion and testing of this instructable. Do NOT shoot the Helicopter at people, animals, or those inbetween.

Well, that's outta the way.

For step one, all you need to do is take the LARGE loop of the paperclip and straiten it out....It doesn't need to be too incredibly strait.

Step 3: More Manipulation

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After you have completed the first step, you can then lay the paperclip flat. Now, bend the SMALL loop of the paperclip up so that the bend is at a 90 degree angle with the end of the clip facing down.

Step 4: Final Manipulation

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Continue to bend the clip all the way to a 180 bend.
Your paperclip should now look like a shepards staff.

Step 5: Apply the "flag"

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Now take about 2 inches or so of tape and center the clip on it. make sure the "hook" is facing down while you do this. If the tape is applied incorrectly, the copter will not go anywhere.
Go ahead and wrap the tape together around the stem of the paperclip. It should look like the picture.

My boss just found it. I think I'm grounded from self storage software for a while...

I did this at work today. Don't tell anyone at Storage Commander!

09Sargentd11 months ago

WOW! This works really well.

I tried it and it didn't work!?
Cheezpaper4 years ago
When I shot mine, it swirled around while in filght, both going up and down. I modded it to become a plane. It was epic.
how did u turn it into a plane? plz post an instructable on it...
with best compliments,
same here but some times it twirled like krazy
Nice job bro, most IMPORTANT thing is: IT IS SAFE
Nice! Project was fast and easy to do, with immediate results. Thanks!
hm783 years ago
awesome stuff man ! thanks for uploading it here !

with best compliments,
Japple673 years ago
yet another object fattening my wallet, i used black tape and went outside to test but proved to hard to see and find in the dark, but enough time before heard hit seems to work
kylekosan234 years ago
its a kool thing to do when board
tim14 years ago
asli insan4 years ago
just love it !
awesome work dude!!!!!!!
thanks : D
deterville4 years ago
it was so freaking awesome
fun!! If you don't add the flag, the paper clip turns into an arrow! its awesome!
THECHINABOY5 years ago
this is so cool!!!!!!! fun toy.
olvegrn (author) 5 years ago
Again, thank you all for the comments. I am kinda surprised people are having fun with something so simple.
showing everone how to make this. I LOVE IT
a918bmxr6 years ago
these things are awsome ima start puttin them in my wallet
Falcore6 years ago
nate-dog6 years ago
Wow!! you really do have too much time on your hands!
this thing is awesome!
rooster19986 years ago
here is an idea "paper clip plane". p.s. it is super fun thank you!!
smashbob6 years ago
very nice i'ble. nice idea, too! works great, shoot hard. love it. do you happen to have any more ideas like this that you haven't published? if you do, please publish them.
olvegrn (author)  smashbob6 years ago
sorry. I have had a block in my creativity. I am trying to think of a way to make it more noticeable, you will see the finished product in the next few monthes....I hope...
squibble946 years ago
Thank you so much. I played with mine for hours!
This can be very dangerous if you bend the paperclip like this _ / \ / \ / \ / \ / / \ \ /_/ \_\ and launch it the same way. VERY DANGEROUS.
My picture got messed up
treinengek6 years ago
this is awesome I like it Thanks
cool this is a fun thing to shoot into other peoples cubicles
Rugby_dude7 years ago
This is AWESOME! also if ur bored take the flag off and aim it at someone. it hurts like a beotch. (i am NOT responsible if you hurt someone or something with it like this)
timekiller7 years ago
this is so cool u should make other things like this.(thanks for makeing it so easy to make)
nimrod177 years ago
awsome works perfectly AMAZING!!
simharry7 years ago
Great helicopter and awesome instructable!
Bo0m7 years ago
Excellent. My brother is delighted to chase these around the backyard. +1 from me!
kibbler7 years ago
This is complete awesomeness!! Please make some more stuff!!
gamer7 years ago
olvegrn (author)  gamer7 years ago
Thank you, as you can see, I have a lot of time on my hands.
yea as do i