P.S. I just realized that there is another instructable for a similar handheld toy. But I like the idea of being able to keep it in my pocket.
Step 1: The Materials
- one toothpick
- one wooden coffee stirrer
- a drop of glue
- a knife
- a pencil
You might also want:
- a small file
- a nail file
and (ta-dah) an Altoids box!
Step 2: The Step With the Knife
Take the knife and cut a piece off the coffee stirrer. It should be about 4 centimeters long. There, that was easy.
Step 3: Get Filing
Step 4: The Difficult Part
Step 5: Needlework
Step 6: Can You Actually Fly This Thing?
1. Put the toothpick between thumb and indexfinger of your right hand and twirl it. Once it is rotating propely, let it go.
2. Hold the toothpick against palm of your right hand with the fingers of your left. Swifly run your fingers with the toothpick along your and hand and let go.
Oh, right. The Altoids tin. You see, this fingercopter is pocketsized and if you want to carry it around in your shirt pocket you should be alright. But if you put it in your trouser pocket you might stab yourself in your leg with the toothpick, or the whole thing might just break apart, so keep it safe in a small box.
If you want to make one slightly larger, you can also use 5 cm or 6 cm long pieces . I wouldn't recommend anything larger, as the toothpick wouldn't be heavy enough and the whole thing would just drop like a very tiny log. Also, it wouldn't fit into a pocket very well.