Mouse Trap Booby Trap

Posted: 8th May 2011 by YardGnome
Categories: 1 Star, Fun, Project

Finished Mouse Trap Booby Trap project and boxes of pulling fireworks1 Star Difficulty




This is a fun device which uses a mouse trap to set off a firework “burglar alarm”. It can be placed out of sight near where someone will disturb the trip string and – BAM! Watch them jump! A video overview of these instructions is here.

MaterialsMaterials needed to make a Mouse Trap Booby Trap

classic spring mousetrap, string, glue, paint stirrer (or similar), pulling fireworks/booby traps

Tools needed for making a Mouse Trap Booby TrapTools

Essential: small saw or knife, small clamps or clothespins or books or other weights, pliers, pen or pencil, scissors or knife
Optional: ruler, stapler


Illustrated locations of measurmentsMeasure and Mark: place the mousetrap lengthwise on one end of the paint stirrer, about 1/8″ from the end. Draw a line across the paint stirrer at both ends of the mousetrap. The line that is 1/8″ from the end will be called “Line A”, and the one that is a mousetrap’s length in from the end will be called “Line B”. Next, measure 1 – 1/2 mousetrap widths from Line B and make another line across the width of the stirrer. This will be “Line C”. If you have a ruler, make the lines, at 1/8″ (Line A), at 4 – 1/8″ (Line B) and at 6 – 3/4″ (Line C)

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  1. YardGnome says:

    It would be fun to see videos of people getting “caught” with one of these. Post them to YouTube, and share the address here.

  2. parradoxx says:

    My brother used to nail me with these things all the time. We had a trap war for the better part of a year. I ought to build one just for old-timey sake!

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