Paper Craft Claw

Grab some stiff paper and get to work building your own paper claw. [Dombeef] posted the instructions to recreate the claw above because he was unsatisfied with his previous design which was flimsy and unable to pick up just about anything. This version is a bit larger and it internalizes all of the parts.

Being paper craft, you don’t need much in the way of materials or tools. A push-pin makes holes for the paperclip and wire which serve as the pivot points. Glue and some tape hold the rest of assembly together. You can see a video of the final product after the break. A shaft at the center closes the claw when pulled, and opens it when pushed to opposite way. This makes it perfect for that home-made crane game (or was that a claw game?)… as long as you’re not trying to pick up anything too heavy.


  1. bootnecklad says:

    Time for an upgrade to metal? :D

  2. Dino says:

    Yeah I might have to build one of these for my robot!

  3. dombeef says:

    I was thinking it could be made to fit anyones needs, it could be longer to pick stuff off the ground, It could even have more than 3 claws to pick up more complex objects, it could be made of metal to be stronger, etc

  4. Woofpickle says:

    someone was watching thingiverse today…

  5. andar_b says:

    The Claaaaawwwwwww

  6. Hitek says:

    Lol@Toy Story reference! That’s the first thing that came to my mind, too, when I first read this… :)

    While this hack is awesome, this would be great done with layered corrugated cardboard for more strength. And then maybe even laminate the layered corrugated cardboard parts in a thin layer of fiberglass…

  7. DeadlyDad says:

    Hmmm… Do I detect the start of a kickin’ steampunk costume?

  8. Hirudinea says:

    Practice on a hotdog first… um, I mean, yea make it out of metal.

  9. zs says:

    totally want to make one at work from scrap steel.

  10. dombeef says:

    If you like it please vote, I tell why in the instructable

  11. robercal says:

    It’s the claw!!!

  12. laurentio86 says:

    Am I the only one who think that claw is definitely a Graboid?

  13. dombeef says:

    Yes, yes you are.

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