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How to Make a Small Pulley

Updated July 20, 2017

Making a small pulley showcases how a pulley system works and what it can be used for. Constructing a pulley is a way to model a Science lesson or create an after-school project to complete with children. Making a pulley requires simple household items and no more than thirty minutes of your time.

Place the wire through the wooden spool. Use a gauge of wire that allows the spool to spin.

Bend the wire into a triangular shape and twist the ends together using needle nose pliers.

Attach the spool to a secure location by hanging the wire on a fixed object such as a cabinet handle or wall hook.

Place the string over the spool. Tie a paper clip to one end of the string and tie the other end around a small object such as a pencil.

Pull the paper clip. The spool should slowly turn, raising the pencil or small object.

Things You'll Need

  • 8-10 inch length of wire - about the gauge of paper clip wire or smaller
  • Wooden thread spool
  • Needle nose pliers
  • Cabinet handle or wall hook
  • 12- to 15-inch length of string
  • Paper clip
  • Pencil or other small object
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About the Author

Carroll Roop started writing professionally in 1995 after spending over 20 years teaching. Carroll has written for many print publications including "Triad Now," "UpCountry" and "Maverick" magazines. She has written about such topics as travel and music. She began editing for "Triad Now" in 2000, overseeing the travel department. She earned a bachelor's degree in English at Patrick Henry Community College.