I saw some gaudy heart-shaped balloons the other day, and my inner-imp thought it would be wonderful to pop them. And since Cupid pierced people's hearts with shafts of love, the natural method of balloon popping that came to mind was "Shoot them with arrows!"
I guess this is a bit perverse for a Valentine's Day project, but I'm sure some of you have had similar desires to pop a few heart-shaped balloons.
(I didn't actually pop them.)
I grew up in urban/suburban areas, and never had much of a yard for archery, so I improvised as a kid. I grabbed some bamboo skewers, a few sewing needles, floss and glue, and made myself little bow+arrow kits that would work wonderfully in my bedroom. (All those beastly stuffed animals to hunt and all.)
The general idea: a single skewer will be made into a bow, and the rest of the skewers will be cut in half to make arrows.
Step 1: Disclaimer & Materials Needed
I had considered writing this instructable down to the tiniest detail (e.g. what knots I used to tie what), but then I thought "If someone can't figure out some of this on his own, he has no right to be shooting little needle-pointed arrows around in the first place."
I am not responsible for your stupidity.
Even as a seven year old I didn't skewer any living things with my arrows, so you don't have much of an excuse.
These things shoot at pretty high velocity and fly very unpredictably and can ricochet. From five feet away, I got an arrow firmly lodged in a solid wood door. These things will go upwards of 10 feet.
So, you'll probably need:
Bamboo skewers (minimum 6")
Floss or upholstery thread (as a kid, I totally had mint-y, plaque fighting arrows.)
Some blister-pack plastic or stiff paper
Super glue, white glue