Intro: DIY Gyroscope
Are you interested in flying things but are too lazy to create something complicated? Then the DIY gyroscope is the perfect toy for you! Not only is it very simple to make, it is also proven to fly very well, as shown in the video below. So give it a try, it's a perfect alternative to the well-known paper airplane.
Step 1: Materials and Tools
Things you'll need to make the gyroscope:
1. A 1 liter bottle
3. An X-acto knife / Scissors
Step 2: Cut Out the Gyroscope
First, start off by cutting out the section of the bottle that is evenly round. Depending on which type of bottle you're using, it would usually be either the bottom part or the upper part. This will later become the main body part of the gyroscope.
Remember to cut off both ends of the bottle, both top and bottom, so that it has the shape of an empty cylinder.
Step 3: Fold the Gyroscope
After cutting out the cylinder, you will need to fold a small part in, about 1/6 of the cylinder.
Make sure that the fold is carefully flattened out by pressing down the x-acto knife/scissors onto it.
Step 4: Tape the Fold
Even though the fold is flattened out, it still needs to be secured. To do that, cut off a piece of tape that is slightly longer than the perimeter of the cylinder, then simply tape it around the end with the fold of the gyroscope.
After that, all you need to do is fold in the tape.
Step 5: Fold the Tape
And voilà, you now have your very own flying DIY Gyroscope. Though it might not have the best visuals, decorations could always be added with paint and stickers.