Step 2: Brace yourself

Let's build a Y-shaped rod that is divine.

From the wood scrap pile, grab pieces that are long and narrow.

We need to build the internal frame structure.  It needs to be able to resist the pull of the launching band.

Cut up and mock up your pieces into the desired shape.

Try to overlap the pieces at the Y intersection.

Glue and fasten with fasterners if you can.  I predrilled so as not to split the pieces when the screw is driven in.

Reinforce the pieces with more wood strips glued on.

Start wrapping and gluing strips of corrugated cardboard.  You can slightly angle the wrap and squeeze down to compact the papier mache.  This all adds to the character of the "wood branch" when the glue dries.

Staple one end to fix the end of a strip of cardboard.  Wrap around tightly.

The strips will randomly give variations in branch thickness adding to the realism of the final product.

When you get the desired thickness, bridge the major gaps in the cardboard strips with another layer of cardboard to smooth out.

Since I was not going to paint this when finished, I used a mix of gray wrapping paper and brown paper from a paper bag to form the final layer.  Tear in random pieces and papier mache. This would give a mottled sycamore type bark effect.  Feel free to simulate the local native species of wood.

When completely dried, it should be a fine looking scion, with the nut that fell from the tree standing next to it.

We're running an angry birds challenge this week, if you can come up with another angry birds themed Instructable this week, you should!<br /><br />http://www.instructables.com/id/zazenergys-challenge-Angry-Birds/
really looks nice, i like it a much!
Comic genius :)
This made me smile. I love this whole challenge, but this one reminds me of being a kid. You get my vote.
The band is too much! LOL. This is really cool!
. 5 stars
. Woof
I laughed when I saw what you used for the band (great way to up-cycle). The characters are really cute too.
NachoMahma and Kiteman are characters alright.
I like it. Personally, I'd prefer to take my chainsaw to a tree and &quot;harvest&quot; a limb. Helps with the 'anger' issues.
too much work to mix the gas and oil, clean the carb, pull the starter...go with a hatchet.
LOL Mine is a small (12&quot;) electric. I'm also thinking about a tree in my yard I hate. I'd probably cut it off at the ground so I could get the &quot;best&quot; branch.
I think I can speak for most all of us that visit Instructables. Thank you for not showing a before pic of the hillbilly G-string!
Hey, that arcade controller in Step 1 looks <a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/Cardboard-Bar-Top-Arcade-Game-Console-Lithium-Ra/">familiar</a> :-)
Whaddayaknow, subliminal product placement does work.
Angry Iblers!<br><br>Another nice job, CD.
Can't live with them. Can't live without them. Just poke fun at em.
I thought they were angry birds from the thumbnail xD<br>Pretty nice instructable, though. :3
Yeah, but anyone can get Angry Birds, this you will have to make. Thanks.
Who's on first?

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