Introduction: A Paper Gyroscope That Works!

About: I like to make inventions, usually out of paper and stuff I have. I have a few projects that i haven't put up on instructables yet...

Here is a paper gyroscope that I made to being able to be printed off a computer. The prototype is now torn apart (used to make the template) but it was build again. So here is most of the instructable!

Step 1: Supplies

Here are the supplies
  • Hands
  • Paper template (Or really thick paper, but most printers can't hand that)
  • Thick paper (Thicker than your usual construction paper)
  • Scissors
  • Glue (tacky glue works best)
  • Paperclip (Not with the plastic stuff on it)
  • Pliers
  • Thumb Tack

Step 2: Template

Please note, this wont work(I think?)on normal paper. This is only meant to be a template for thicker paper.
Anyways, print this out and cut it out on the outside lines only.

Step 3: Glueing Stage

Now put the template that you cut out and glue it on to the thicker paper. I used paper that was used to hold x-rays. You most likely wont get or find this kind of paper in a store but you could glue together 3 sheets of 160g/m² paper(I think that is what i have) together.

Step 4: Outer Shell

This will hold the gyroscope inside of it.


Step 5: Paperclip Axis

This would be very hard to do with a piece of paper. so i did it with a paperclip. In the template there is a line that you will have to measure to the paperclip. Cut the paperclip so it is the same length as the line.

Step 6: The Gyroscope Innards

Cut them out, and refer to the pictures


Step 7: Add the String Windup Thing

To make it speed up instead of using your fingers(Or hooks) I added a windup thing so i could make it as close to a real gyroscope as possible.


Step 8: Spin to Activate!

You are now done if you did all the steps(I hope you did!) just put some floss or a thin piece of string into the windup hole. While holding the outer shell, slowly pull the string until it gain momentum and goes faster. Set it down on a table and see if stay up and not fall down


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