Introduction: Homemade Mouse Trap ( Cheap and Easy )

this is the lowest costing mouse trap you could possiblly make. it doesnt hurt if it snaps on you.

what you need:
a minimum of 3 rubberbands
an altoids tin

Step 1: Making It

this is the easiest thing you counld make on instructables.

put the rubberbands around the CLOSED altoids tin. put them equaily apart. open the tin

Step 2: The Trickiest Part

open the tin. push the lid down past its point a little bit. it will be a bit trick to get set. once its done, it should stay open untill...

P.S. dont forget to put food in it...

Step 3: SNAP!!!!

when something goes to get the food, it has to mess with the rubberbands. this sets of the trap.

Comments

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Rastamann420 made it! (author)2015-02-20

Awesome thanks a bunch man finally gonna catch that pest Jerry he's been a problem for quite some time now, I hope this works. I got my fingers crossed

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tperrette made it! (author)2011-01-26

sharpen the lid and it is a rodent guillotine

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Plo Koon made it! (author)Plo Koon2012-11-27

Mouse: Gosh I'm hungry. *Gasp* Donuts!! Yeah, baby!! Now if I just get these stretchy things out of the way...

*SNAP!*

Mouse: AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGGGGGHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!! MY FACE IS GONE!!!!

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dodo91 made it! (author)dodo912011-06-03

... but sometime the lid snaps on your hand when setting it..... which if sharpened, could seriously hurt you...

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Bongmaster made it! (author)2009-03-24

it looks liek it will prolly only be efective in scaring the mouse to death rather than trapping it ;) has it been tested at all?

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Air_Assassin made it! (author)Air_Assassin2010-12-14

no I tried it and it it could have broke my hand and it hurts like h**l

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dodo91 made it! (author)dodo912010-10-21

it hasnt been tested, cause we dont get mice where i live

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Gamer917 made it! (author)Gamer9172009-03-24

dont type like that. Typing like that only belongs on one site: http://icanhascheezburger.com/

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Bongmaster made it! (author)Bongmaster2009-03-25

if u are refering to the liek word its a keyslip. i dont type like that normally ;) my fingers type too fast for the keyboard and i make many mistakes :P

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sharlston made it! (author)sharlston2009-04-26

i do aswell

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cyberpageman made it! (author)2010-12-09

I think you are a genius. All your projects are great!

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Air_Assassin made it! (author)Air_Assassin2010-12-14

Me too

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Gunner 3 made it! (author)2010-09-15

i filled it with thumb tacks sticking up.... it makes a good booby trap for me

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hammer9876 made it! (author)2009-10-24

You wanted comments, so here goes. Use photos that are clear and in focus, not fuzzy one. Hold that video camera still. The camera moves way too much.

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dodo91 made it! (author)dodo912009-11-19

Thats becuse the camera i had was crap! It had no screen, so i had no idea if the shot was even accurate

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nikholemarie made it! (author)nikholemarie2010-02-19

SHE JUST DOESNT WANT HER CAT TO LOSE ITS PUROPSE, DONT FRET!! LOL!

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bassclarinet23 made it! (author)2009-11-26

Thanks for the inspiration! I used this concept for my "Altoids Catapult" Instructable.

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Dutch1962 made it! (author)2009-07-11

I think that may work! There are a lot of home made mouse traps and I've seen a bunch in my career but this is a first for me. Excellent job. Check these crazy ones out.

http://pestcemetery.com/3-easy-home-made-mouse-traps/

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dodo91 made it! (author)2009-03-31

thanks for the tips. PLZ VOTE FOR ME! i havnt hot a single vote yet.

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jimmy dean made it! (author)jimmy dean2009-04-06

Maybe that's because the contest says kid-friendly. I'm not sure killing mice is very kid-friendly.

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dodo91 made it! (author)dodo912009-05-04

i dont want to kill animals! i just want them out of my space.

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iectyx3c made it! (author)2009-04-25

Got my VOTE. I tried it and it worked. I used raisins as bait. You can see that I punched air holes on the sides using a regular paper punch.

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dodo91 made it! (author)dodo912009-05-04

Awesome! glas to see people making my ideas. and thanks for the vote. i tried to make the siplest thing here by using only four things. those are rubber bands and altoids tin. i saw it on my pool table and fiddled around. thats how i got this. the thing i like the most about this mouse trap is it dosnt hurt you and it dosnt kill the mice.

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dodo91 made it! (author)2009-04-19

oh, also... I won that gogurt sweepstakes, and my new camera came last thursday. yeah! now i can make better vids

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dodo91 made it! (author)2009-04-19

thanks for the comments. i love to hear what people like to say about my stuff, even if its bad. it lets me know what i need to fix.

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DaPaulness332 made it! (author)2009-04-02

i'm pretty sure that you're still going to end up killing it, but in a less humane way. instead of quickly, by using a conventional mousetrap, the mouse would endure a slow, painful death by suffocation and strangulation. at least, that's what i think

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dodo91 made it! (author)dodo912009-04-19

no. it traps it. then, i get it and let it free. I don't enjoy dead things. that's why the point of this is to keep it alive.

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ArvindTheNinja made it! (author)2009-04-15

this thing wont even catch a mouse its kind of useless

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Berserk87 made it! (author)2009-04-09

kids love building/playing with mouse traps! ahah.

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EthansDad made it! (author)2009-03-24

Would not trap a curiously strong mouse.

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countable made it! (author)countable2009-03-25

However the tin had no problem holding curiously strong mints, so you never know, it might handle a curiously strong mouse. For bonus points, use a pair of tin snips to cut and fold out teeth from the lid and base.

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bdblock94 made it! (author)bdblock942009-03-25

i will try that

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Coliflower made it! (author)Coliflower2009-04-07

nice ones guys, lol

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lllalllo made it! (author)2009-03-25

The video doesn't work. Re-upload using File>Publish instead of File>Save or Save and quit options.

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dodo91 made it! (author)dodo912009-03-31

the video at the end is fixed. if its both vids your talking about, there might be somthing wrong with your computer. it works on mine, and its a dinosoar. everyone else hasnt metioned about it. check your computer for problems.

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tmuterspaugh made it! (author)2009-03-26

if it doesnt hurt you when it snaps it wont kill a mouse

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dodo91 made it! (author)dodo912009-03-31

i dont enjoy dead things. this is to trap it, not kill it. no, its not tested. i say its more of a concept. you can make an easy thing you could buy with things around the house.

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