Introduction: Easy Blow Gun With Paper Darts

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Easy blowgun with paper darts
Fast to make
Even faster to shoot


Step 1: What You Need

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What do you need you ask?

1. Tons of paper

Lined paper is the best for sharpness
Blank paper is the best for wheight

2. Scisors (Cutting board is optional)

3. Tape (Optional, But recommended)
You will need tape for the firing tube

Step 2: Cut the Paper

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This is easy, Just cut the sheet into 4 smaller sheets (about 2.75 by 8.5)
They dont have to be the same, and if you can make 5 per sheet, thats better, just dont make them too small or too big

Step 3: Rolling the Paper

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First, Take a sheet of paper

Roll it and try and form a cone

Make sure theres a tip at the end, and also make sure that when the last bit of paper is being rolled it is not parallel with the edge. If you do this you will know what I mean (if you dont understand that wording) because it is hard to get it taped when it is like this.

Tape the end
Lick the end and make the paper stick to itself

Cut of the excess "tail" at the end
Also if you have holepunched paper, and there are holes, make sure that the tip does NOT have any holes and no holes are showing. This is for Aerodynamics

Step 4: Making the Tube

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Easy, just roll a piece of paper lengthwize (the longer the tube, the more accurate)

make sure the arrows are thin enought to just fit the in the tube, if the tube is bigger, try making the tube thinner, if the arrows are bigger, put the arrow in the tube and mark where it gets stuck. cut where the arrow gets stuck PLUS a bit extra so there is less energy waisted by friction.

Tape the tube to it stays there

Step 5: Fix Your Dart to Aerodynamicicity (just Making It Air Worthy), and Your DONE!

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Making sure that there are no holes (for holepunched paper) showing. Also if there is a tip of paper that is showing tape it down

Step 6: Add-Ons

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Making Confettie for your darts!

Simply cut up scrap paper and put it in the open end of the dart
And FIRE, a shower of confettie upon your victims.

Lazer sight!
Buy a lazer at the doller store or something, and tape it on your tube. You will want to look in the tube and make sure that the lazer beam is in the middle of the tube so that it is accurate

Night vision!
Buy a flashlight and tape it on the tube, your tube should be strong to hold this. like the lazer, align the flashlight with the tube

Step 7: Aim, and BLOW

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Aim the tube at the target, Blow, simple

Fun targets:

Ceilings (foam ones (like the ones in school) so that it sticks)
Ceilings in lecture halls
Annoying people in lecture halls
Grandma's fat butt ~Bill Engvall

Step 8: Misc

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Here is a picture of the blowgun (A.K.A Exhalation Tube) that I bought in Margarita Island, Venezuela. I got it for $20,000 but was able to haggle it down to $15,000. Oh right, this is in Bolivares. Converted it $8 American, got it for $6.
Ya, things are really cheap there. Its 70 bolivares per Leter of gas (ya, I think i spelt "leter" wrong), Or about 3 cents american.


sshepard (author)2017-02-04

Made a blowgun with a small diameter pipe when I was a young teen. Found the instructions in the Anarchists Cookbook (yeah, didn't know it wasn't legal, got it from a friend). Anyway we modified the nail dart part and used push pins.

Cool IBLE!!

sekitori (author)2016-03-06

I played with these all the time when I was a kid. We made one-time darts, though;

used paper strips from a magazine and just stuck the pointy end of the dart in my mouth, making it wet and sticky enough for a single shot.....

Holding the back end - insert it in a PVC tube then tear off the back that is too large.

Then reinsert (it now fits the tube) and fire away....

curtis14 (author)2015-08-16

works great thanks

BrodyM (author)2014-11-15

i like cheese and that gun

angeloskii (author)2013-01-25

very cool man. thanks for the paper gun :).

seanthesheep101 (author)2012-04-19

Has this been done in inches?

seanthesheep101 (author)2012-04-19

Sup, if want to make ur darts last a bit longer then try this (u may hav already heard of this or been told butt) drop a nail down the come and push it out the end and then cover in electrical tape. I'm gonna make an instructable based of urs but a tiny bit complex If u don't mind pls

claudiocost (author)2007-04-30

i used a willy wonka pixe stick straw and i and fire it across the reveine behide my hose thats like 100+ feet. and i dipped the end in aero gloss it makes it harder

da man (author)claudiocost2007-05-11

wat is aero gloss?

yapoyo (author)da man2012-01-08

used for model airplanes

barri_kid (author)claudiocost2007-05-11

o, you mean like thoes big plastic tubes? thats pritty long

jarmour4 (author)2011-11-06

absolutely amazing, love it, and it's so powerful and easy to make, nice man

Aburame Shino (author)2007-09-08

I really, really, really enjoyed this Instructable. At first it took me a while to understand how to make the dart, but I am 13. What can I say? Lol. Otherwise the instructions are clear and the photos are, too! Definitely a favorite!

bowmaster (author)Aburame Shino2008-11-06

I'm 13 to and it took me about a mili second to understand the dart instructions. But I have an IQ of 139

wonderdog01 (author)bowmaster2011-11-03

Cool I'm 13 too

Aburame Shino (author)bowmaster2008-11-12

Just for the record, it took you way longer than a millisecond. ;] And you're almost at genius IQ. :P I've an IQ of 112.

Module 1 (author)Aburame Shino2009-05-04

Fun instructable to do in free time (IQ of 150)

bowmaster (author)Aburame Shino2008-11-12

I know it took me longer then a millisecond but it still didn't take me that long.

sniper4life (author)bowmaster2009-03-27

yes sir Mr. Steven Hawking! lol

bowmaster (author)sniper4life2009-03-27


arz (author)bowmaster2008-12-06


grut125 (author)Aburame Shino2008-09-23

how could you not understand that it was simple

barri_kid (author)Aburame Shino2007-09-08

:D. Thanks

dannyking1 (author)2011-07-12

i made my own blowgun from a piece of paper and it still works amazing!!!!!

neoisprettycool (author)2011-02-06


Capt. Kidd (author)2010-03-21

I made one with lined paper, and superglued the tip instead of tape. This is what it did.

General Eggs (author)Capt. Kidd2010-09-21

It looks like you filled the darts with something. Did you?

Capt. Kidd (author)General Eggs2010-09-22

Hot glue.

General Eggs (author)Capt. Kidd2010-10-25


nathan733 (author)2010-08-02

five stars!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

josefu0 (author)2009-12-06

i just brought a pvc pipe for 75 cents

glugnar (author)2009-09-23


gunsmithisaac (author)2009-07-06

U can use scrap paper for the darts and the tube, because it will cost nothing and save the world

glugnar (author)gunsmithisaac2009-09-23

what arew you going green?!

corn fluffleberry (author)2009-08-31


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samlehman (author)2009-07-12

this is the best blow dart gun ever!!!!!!!!!!!!

ubloke (author)2009-07-03

i just love it!!!!!!!

Raimee (author)2009-05-27

I Love It So Much

fastlines49s (author)2009-05-25

why must we we all make fun of the other places were we get stuff so cheep? because we can.

vampirewolf (author)2009-05-15

I like to use sewing pins. It penitraits 3/4in. in too woood

Flash Gordon (author)2009-04-17

i use metal pipes for blowgun...

sniper4life (author)2009-03-27

barri_kid, this is awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i made a couple darts and was playing around with em they shot really well! i tried using a piece of 1/2" pvc pipe that was maybe 10-12" long and that shot pretty far 10/15 yds. THEN i tried a 2' pvc and that baby shoot 25+ yds.!!!! thx so much God bless!

pokerstud001 (author)2009-03-07

Hey, thanks! I just made this tonight (Friday), and I'm going to use it on Monday at school >:) you see, me and my friends have a habit of thowing things very close to the teacher, but usually she doesn't notice. Just today i threw a paper ninja star, not even a flinch! I launched a rubber band over at her once, it went RIGHT over her shoulder (and i mean missing by barely 2 inches), hit the back of her chair, fell off, and she didn't notice! Guess what my idea for this blowdart gun is? >:D Very cool!

willzrocks44 (author)2009-01-31

Wow, im 13 too! Nice instructable, already knew how to do it, just need a blowpipe!

imthereal (author)willzrocks442009-02-17

just grab a peice of pvc pipe :)

Batryn (author)2008-11-14

You can wrap duct tape around the top to add strength to the bullet, also poke in toothpicks or nails to add power.

wetselonehundred (author)2008-11-04

this actualy is my favorite instructible

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