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This video from the awesome British toy store Grand Illusions demonstrates a cool collapsing mechanism, which involves only paper and elastic bands, and allows a rigid display to be set up in about a second and easily folded away again for storage. The French company that makes these is called Marin’s. (Beware, their site is flash-based.)

Sean Michael Ragan

I am descended from 5,000 generations of tool-using primates. Also, I went to college and stuff. I write for MAKE, serve as Technical Editor for MAKE magazine, and develop original DIY content for Make: Projects.



  1. dan says:

    Anyone work out how to do a remake?

    1. rob0 says:

      It looks quite easy. When folded flat the rubber bands are stretched and the vertical sections of the display has a flat cross-section.

      When lifted up, those same vertical sections are no longer squashed flat and the rubber bands pull on the longer pieces of the front part of the vertical sections thus giving you a cross-section that looks like a ‘D’.

      The D shape along with the foot that swings out at the bottom makes the display stand up.

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