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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

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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.

Reality check:
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")
Sewing needles
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
X-Acto knife
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Ace Guyas1 year ago

Could you use Bamboo chopsticks instead of skewers? or are they too ridged?

ryzellon (author)  Ace Guyas1 year ago
None of the bamboo chopsticks I've ever seen could be flexed more than a few millimeters, so no, you couldn't use chopsticks without modification. You may be able to split a chopstick down into slimmer sections that could flex enough for this project, but I haven't tried it. I wouldn't try it with the non-disposable type, though: they're probably too solid/rigid/sturdy.
gabe yoo1 year ago
Isn't the skewer already pointy? But the nail is cool
Imcrazydude2 years ago
This is a good instructable
FrozenIce3 years ago
might make it into a crossbow.. now that would be cool!!
dawg0654 years ago
thanks.this is just what i needed.since i've been umemployed,i needed a simple project to keep my brain occupied.
I am soaking the bow shaft in water for it to be flexible. Is that OK? I think i need to make a nock for the arrow to sit on the string, but the skewer is too small for me to cut it with a knife, any way to do it?
ryzellon (author)  TheSparkLord5 years ago
Soaking the material is usually done when you want it to hold a shape on its own. If you're having issues bending the bow piece into a sufficient curve, then soaking it will help. (Be careful, though, since it will reduce the power of the bow.) As for the nock, here's a few suggestions: -Wrap fine sandpaper around something like a credit card and file the nock -Wood burner/heat a narrow piece of metal and use it to char a notch out (but make sure you don't mind ruining the temper on the metal) -Triangular or square files (hobby-sized) -Jeweler's saw *Though if you've already split the rear of the shaft to allow for the fletching, then you can just carefully sand down each side of the split to create a notch when the sides are stuck back together.
Tombomom5 years ago
 the bow kinda looks like a pencil, but cool anyway
hawkfrost645 years ago
 wow. you're pretty smart for a 7 yr old.
KnexFreek5 years ago
5 starz
sites236 years ago
i used to shoot people with my mini crossbow when iwas young .Good times
Namonos7 years ago
my only problem was i shot it and it recoshaded of the wall into by leg. it whent in 2 inches. But on the bright side now i dont have to get my yearly shot!
You filled your darts with medicine? I hope I never meet you.
HE'S JOKING (i hope)
PLUCK YEW7 years ago
Check these out...
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:D Post that as an Instructable!
thats pretty cool
ericm2478 years ago
dis is kool i want 2 make 1 i jus need wood
use wooden chopsticks and glue them into a long line by using 2 but make sure u put the thin ends opposite to each other send me pictures when your finished
woooow dude i posted that comment like a year ago.where were you haha
this is my account and actually a year ago i didnt even know of this site so haha to u
combine your arrows to this bow:http://www.instructables.com/id/bamboo_skewer_bow_1/?ALLSTEPS
too big to make though ive made on ove these before sp please but pics on plz
I was shot with one of these that my friend made, it went really far in and now 1 year later I still have a scar. It really hurt
this is awsome, but i ignored the "at your own stupidity" and fired it up in the air and missed myself by..... not much
owzza7 years ago
kool, i'm so trying it
owzza7 years ago
sick, thats awsome, i'm surly going to try it
chardster7 years ago
littleb0y7 years ago
nice arrows i had like them but build from straws and glue gun and toothpick there easier to mmake and not that dangerous
Zetheros7 years ago
wow, I didn't know I already posted here, heh.
Zetheros7 years ago
Awesome, I used to make these too, but didn't add the fins to the end. Try steaming the bow wood overnight so it won't splinter when you use it the next day. Afterwards, keep the wood oiled.
i just made one. it is good.
hey check out the bow ive designed made from skewers 2!! click me

half3mpty7 years ago
hhhmmmm. im not sure if this will work. but go to michaels and get a pack of dowels. then do what redrogue said and soak it in hot water overnight and use that as the bow. imma go try that.
jakesllama7 years ago
you should put it on a cross bow (be stronger) :p
X_D_3_M_17 years ago
paper clip bows work better. they dont crack. this looks nicer though
tjmortenson7 years ago
i used a pencil for the arrow i split it in half the long way then super glued a needl in it and hot glued it together then put hot glue in it to help hold the needle in
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