Build the Starship Enterprise From Useless Office Supplies




For the Star Trek fan in every office, you too can build this NCC-1701 Enterprise from junk in your desk drawer. Easy to assemble. Impress your friends. Makes a great gift or holiday ornament.

Step 1: Parts

You will need:

3 medium size binder clips
1 large binder clip
1 sharpie pen
2 ink pens with colored end caps (or pencils). They need not be working.
3 CD's (one preferably silver and unscratched).
Glue stick
Hot melt glue gun or other adhesive (in a pinch, tape will also work).

Step 2: Assemble Saucer Section

Glue the 3 CD's together with a glue stick.

Step 3: Modify a Binder Clip

Remove the handles from the large binder clip and install them on one of the medium sized binder clips. You will no longer need the large binder clip.

Step 4: Assemble the Hull

The hull is the sharpie pen and 3 clips.

Arrange clips in the fashion shown in the picture. Remove handles from the non modified binder clips after you install them.

Step 5: Engine Assembly

Remove guts of the pens and install the end caps from red pens. (optional).
The red caps will face forward.
Pencils and other writing instruments will work as well.

Step 6: Attach Engines to Hull

Glue (or tape) pens to binder clip handles as shown in picture.

Step 7: Add Saucer Section to Hull

Glue CD's to the the front binder clip as shown in the picture.

Step 8: Results

All finished. Use a lunch bowl as a decorative stand.

Step 9: Bonus Section: the Starship Reliant

With a few extra parts, you can make the Starship Reliant as well.

Step 10: Conclusion

Aside from the binder clips (and glue), all the other parts came from the recycle bin.
The total cost was less than $5.

For a future project, it may also be possible to make a Romulan Bird of Prey using similar construction methods:

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79 Discussions


2 years ago

is it possible to use a third medium sized binder clip? I don't have any big ones.

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Gervnan ErlanFoxyP

Reply 1 year ago

If you have 2 medium size binder clips aand 2 sharpies you can make the USS Kelvin


3 years ago

Hahaha, yes this is also a great idea!


4 years ago

oh my gosh thank you sooo sooo much i made this for my brothers 18th birthday and even attachd some red LEDs at the ends of the pens!!!


4 years ago on Introduction

It's great. I think this is the first instructable on I saw!


10 years ago on Introduction

I had waaaaaaay to much fun with this. I'm afraid my OCD took over and I went a little bit overboard. The colors were nail polish I raided from my wife's collection. The nubby thing on the saucer section is a piece of wax I molded using the bottom of a wine glass. Also I added a deflector array to the front of the hull (not pictured). It was a dime I pounded into a concave shape. Thanks for the fun project.

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Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

Only if it has the Queen on it; you can draw on American bills and wreck the coins. You're not supposed to, but it's not illegal. It is if it's a Canadian dime though xP


Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

THIS. LOOKS. AWESOME! Could you please make an instructable on this, I would LOVE to get as good results as you did. Amazing work, BTW!


I had a wine goblet that I used as a mold. I took a tea candle and took out the wick. I sprayed the inside of the goblet with cooking spray then put the candle in the goblet. Then I stuck it in the microwave to melt the wax. After it melted into the bottom of the goblet I put the goblet in the frig so it would set up. With some gentle prying, the molded piece of wax popped right out. I made two, one for the bottom and one for the top of the saucer section. I did have to sand to flat part of the wax a bit to flatten it a bit. Then I glued to to the saucer.


10 years ago on Introduction

pure genius could not be better ...unless it really flies...... wait does it really fly ........

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