Create this octopus for your wall to put things on.
You will need:
Start by making a paper spring.
To do this draw lots of lines, ruler width apart, lengthways down both sheets of paper.
|Use these lines as a guide to cut strips out.|
|Next, glue all the strips of one colour together end to end, so that they form one long strip.|
|Do the same with the other colour.|
|Lay one on a flat surface going down, and one going across at right angles to it, just overlapping at the bottom, like an "L" shape.|
|Tape or glue these ends together.|
When the glue has dried, weave the two pieces together.
Start by folding the top bit down...
|...then the side bit over and across...|
|...and keep going until you've used all the strip up.|
|Make sure you glue or tape the loose ends together securely, and you should be left with a spring like this.|
Now you need to turn the spring into a horrible creature that would make you jump!
Draw anything you like on a piece of paper or card to stick on the end as a face. Neil did a serpent.
|Glue the creature's face onto the end of the spring.|
|Now for the box trap - make sure your small card box has a lid that you can open and close easily.|
|Slip the paperclips together.|
|Attach one onto the edge of the lid of the box, so the other dangles down freely.|
|Tape it into place|
|The dangly paperclip acts as a catch to keep the trapdoor closed - until it's yanked open!|
|Decorate your trap door box however you like.|
|Stick the bottom end of the spring with a dab of glue inside the box.|
|Close the lid, squashing the spring inside like a jack-in-a-box.|
|This will keep it in place while the glue dries.|
|Then, tie a long piece of cotton to the end of the paperclip that's attached to the door.|
|Now you're ready to set your trap! find a door that opens towards you, like this bedroom cupboard. Sticky tack or tape the box inside.|
|With the door half closed, tie the loose end of the cotton around the door handle so that it's quite taught and goes all the way up to the box.|
|So when an unsuspecting person peeps inside...|
...they get the shock of their lives!
Try it yourself!