The Pointless Switch

About: My name is Hiyadudez. I make stuff. "The greatest barrier to success is the fear of failure."

The pointless switch. This switch is actually rather pointless, however, it is extremely hard to ignore if you see it. The temptation to flick the switch is very high. The feeling of not knowing what the switch does, and not knowing whether the word 'pointless' is there to make you flick it is just unbearable. Until you finally crack and flick it.

This can be modified to so many possibilities. Like making a new case, the switch, making the switch into a button, ect.

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Step 1: Cutting the Wire

In this step we will cut the wire of the switch. Follow the steps.
  1. Get an old appliance with a flick switch, dolnt use anything expensive unless it is broken.
  2. Grab some pliers or wire cutters.
  3. Get an small-ish box.
  4. Lay the wire/switch out like so
  5. Cut the wire on either side of the switch so all you have left IS the switch.

Step 2: Cutting the Box

In this step we will cut out the hole for the switch to slide into.
  1. Place the switch on the box where you would like it to go.
  2. Take a pencil and trace around the switch
  3. This is what mine looked like, its faint, but good enough to cut it.
  4. Grab a craft/carpet knife or just simply grab some scissors.
  5. Cut around the outline you just made. If its a bit messy dont worry, you wont see that bit later.
  6. Just quickly push the switch into place in your hole to make sure it fits. If it doesnt, cut the box until it fits nice and snug.

Step 3: Stuffing the Box

If we just left the box all flimsy and light it'd be pretty pathetic. So here we will stuff it =)
  1. What it should look like inside the box. Nothingness with the back of the switch poking out.
  2. Grab some tape.
  3. Put it over the back of the switch, making sure its level and that you dont push it out the other side.
  4. Grab a roll of tissue or paper, or tissue paper!
  5. Make a ball and scrunch it up.
  6. Pop it into the box like so.
  7. Repeat this until the box is full, but make sure that the box is really CRAMMED in, so its not squishy.
  8. Close the lid of the box, if you have one.
  9. Add more tape over the lid just to make it more secure.

Step 4: Covering the Box

Now come on, dont you think it'd look pretty stupid as a nescafe box with a switch in it? =P Lets pimp it up a little bit.
For this bit i used sticky shiny paper, if you dont have any of this, you may paint, colour or cover your box in paper.
  1. These were my sticker sheets
  2. I put one sticker here
  3. Another one here
  4. Then i put 2 at the sides
  5. Then i put one on the top and covered the back. (basically just cover the whole box)

Step 5: (Optional) Insert a Label

A very simple step. I decided to put on a label that read: The Pointless switch. Just to lure them into flicking it =P

There are no step numbers for this one. I just wrote it on the paper and glued it on, but you can do whatever you want.



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    65 Discussions


    8 years ago on Introduction

    Reminds me of an episode of friends, I think it is a great idea, but I have two suggestions.

    Buying a nice big toggle switch would give it a very nice feel, people might switch it a few times if the switch has got a nice 'heft' behind it.

    Also, it might be nice to give it a slightly sturdier box, I case see that the thin cardboard box might feel a little flimsy, Mounting said switch on a wall might be a nice addition also.

    I know those suggestions basically mean you would make a new improved version, if you do them however, be sure to let me know.

    If not, I may take on doing my own version, if that is ok with you?

    4 replies

    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    (ps sorry for the crazy formatting of my comment, it would seem HQ made some changes since I last commented.)


    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    I don't really have intentions on making another one of these, this was just a little thing i wanted to do, lol.

    Sure, go ahead, i'll be honest, I'm sure your's will be a bit better than mine =P

    Good luck! =)


    8 years ago on Introduction

    lol u should make a small hole the size of a knex rod and put a gun in there so when they flick it, it shoots them 5*

    14 replies

    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    Yeah but if you make it shoot, its a switch that shoots not a pointless switch


    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    you my friend are even more anoying that the "Anoying rottenegg trick"


    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    You are using bad gramer so i said ING in sayin
    I am home schooled and I know to not use bad grammer. I would bet that you are public schooled!


    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    Theres nothing wrong with public schools. plus i'm from a small town, everyone here works for a living and have no time to stay at home and teach.


    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    Further more, you don't get any life lessons at home school. IE. dealing with a bully, meeting new people, school dances and so on and so forth. Also as that one guy up ahead said, no physical education in home school. By the time high school comes around for you you'll probably (hopefully) think differently.

    Have a nice life.