# giant paperclip coat hook

Remember those carefree, halcyon days of middle school? Bending paperclips to your every whim? Well, now you're grown. And your paperclips should grow, too. But a giant paperclip on it's own only has limited use, it really needs to serve a function beyond the obvious

By bending the top of arc of our novelty-sized paperclip we can make a giant paperclip coat hook, the perfect stationary accouterment to keep your coat and hat stationery.

Making your own crazy-huge paperclip is easy; you just need a long aluminum rod (found in most hardware stores), a paperclip for reference, and a calculator to work out some numbers.

Enough talk, let's make!
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## Step 1: Tools + materials

 tools: calipers calculator marker materials: aluminum rod cylindrical objects to bend aluminum rod around  mounting brackets

dartol says: Oct 28, 2012. 12:35 PM
The listed section lengths add up to 4.455", not 3.89". But, I guess this was just provided as an example, for the reader to measure on their own. :) I see the 3.89" in the picture, so that one must be right.
mikeasaurus (author) in reply to dartolOct 29, 2012. 11:38 AM
This is what happens when you're trying to work things out in metric and imperial for the benefit of readers. The numbers I measured may be a little off but the concept is sound, as long as you measure and scale correctly you should be fine. There's also a factor of "wiggle-room" with this, as it is a prop.

Are you planning on making one? I would love to see your results!
dartol in reply to mikeasaurusNov 3, 2012. 6:46 AM
Yes, very solid concept, good job! I am not trying to criticize, just noticing the discrepancy in case someone wants to skip the calculation part.

I did make one! My wife wanted a giant paperclip to give out as an award in our triathlon club. It is for a new guy that has been doing the local "paperclip" cycling route with the road bikers. It will be the "Paperclip Survivor Award".

I used an Excel spreadsheet to scale the measurements so I could use a 6' steel rod that I found. I couldn't find an aluminum one.

Here is a picture of my results. I did the bends by hand, just using the round part of my vice. They could be a little smoother and wider.

Darren
dartol in reply to dartolNov 3, 2012. 6:55 AM
My attachment didn't seem to work, trying again.
mikeasaurus (author) in reply to dartolNov 4, 2012. 10:42 AM
That's so great, thanks for sharing! (and good call with the tape measure, it's tough to get scale of something we're used to seeing very small)

For sharing a picture of your version I've sent you a digital patch and a 3-month Pro Membership to Instructables!
StuffStephMakes says: Sep 30, 2012. 5:30 PM
Awesome!! Love this! :)
Urnammu says: Aug 6, 2012. 5:24 AM
One could slip plastic tube/hose over the rod to increase its thickness.
HollyMann says: Jul 1, 2012. 10:23 AM
This is strangely cool looking!!!
HydeTheJekyll says: Jun 19, 2012. 6:44 PM
The Clippit bit made me lol in the real! keep up the good work XDXD
benderbrasil says: May 30, 2012. 12:49 AM
innovative idea
dollarcraft says: May 15, 2012. 2:54 PM
This is great!
Replicator says: Apr 22, 2012. 2:42 PM
Oh man, I hate that guy, popping up all the time... more hindering than helpful.
still nice work :D
I think Clippit makes for a nice Halloween costume/prop idea. I mean, what's scarier?
Lol. damn straight!
osgorb says: Apr 25, 2012. 6:35 PM
This is an awesome tutorial, but I hate this guy on my computer alone! Why would I want him in real life?!! *shutter*
Flashflint says: Apr 22, 2012. 5:54 PM
Some giant wide rule paper I made for an instillation piece. Sharpie on white butcher paper, cut the holes with a box cutter, Excited for the pro membership!
mikeasaurus (author) in reply to FlashflintApr 23, 2012. 9:57 AM
Neat, thanks for sharing!

Enjoy the patch and the 3-month Pro Membership!
depotdevoid says: Apr 17, 2012. 7:57 AM
It looks like you're making a giant paper clip.

Would you like help with that?

o Get help finding materials

o Just make the paperclip without help

o Don't show me this tip again

robbied in reply to depotdevoidApr 22, 2012. 3:46 PM
where is the like button, top comment :)
Lindie says: Apr 22, 2012. 1:28 PM
I really, really like it! :-)
Kasm279 says: Apr 22, 2012. 11:59 AM
I saw the giant Clippit and lost it, good project!
robot3000 says: Apr 22, 2012. 11:56 AM
AWESOME VERY USEFUL!!!
shed469 says: Apr 22, 2012. 9:07 AM
Given that you were so precise in your method, did you consider testing the weight holding ability of the wall hanger/ giant paperclip? It seems to me the extended legs of your clip would give it inherent strength against pull out at the fasteners. The fastening clips are simple but a drilled hole for a screw would be a neater look.
canucksgirl says: Apr 19, 2012. 5:51 PM
Very cool. It's nice to see a design that isn't just big just for the sake of being big. The functionality is great. :)
SHIFT! says: Apr 17, 2012. 12:56 PM
Awesome idea Mike! One could say that project is so functional, it should be a staple of every household!
ChrysN says: Apr 17, 2012. 10:33 AM
Awesome. love the giant Clippit!
Hiyadudez says: Apr 16, 2012. 11:42 PM
Thats awesome :D

5* (If i could give any ratings :[ )
dworley says: Apr 16, 2012. 7:25 PM
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Purocuyu says: Apr 16, 2012. 6:41 PM
If I may: you could have bent both top curves, and made it twice as useful (Which is what this saturday will hopefully appear out of my workshop...thanks!).
Grissini says: Apr 16, 2012. 6:06 PM
does the jacket know how lucky it is? Awesome as usual.
poofrabbit says: Apr 16, 2012. 4:40 PM
Holy cow batman I want one!! Great 'able!!
Jayefuu says: Apr 16, 2012. 3:37 PM
Love it :D How long did it haunt randy for?
KneXtreme says: Apr 16, 2012. 3:36 PM
That's cool! I might actually make it.