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How to Build a Ping Pong Launcher Using a Mouse Trap

This guy will be happy you found another fun use for that mouse trap.
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Ever wondered how to launch that ping pong ball 30 feet across the room? If you have a mouse trap lying around, you're in luck. Mouse traps can easily be modified into a catapult to launch ping pong balls. This contraption is bound to make your next ping pong game more exciting.

Place the mouse trap face up on your work space. With the pliers, pry the trigger arm (the longest metal length with the hook) from the base of the mouse trap and discard it.

Pry the trigger mechanism (the "L" shaped piece inside the square arm) from the base of the mouse trap and discard it.

Place the spoon face down on the base of the trap under the square arm.

Tape the spoon to square arm, winding the tape aroun the arm and spoon in an "x" pattern to secure it.

Hold the square arm upright, and wind the tape around the entire square arm to encase the spoon handle.

Prepare to launch by pulling back the arm and spoon, and you're set.

Things You'll Need:

  • Mouse trap
  • Pliers
  • Plastic spoon
  • Electrical tape


  • Always use caution with mouse traps. Never tamper with any mouse trap that is set to snap. Never launch ping pong balls -- or anything -- at people, animals, or vehicles.
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