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How to Make a Cheap Blowgun

This instructable will demonstrate how to build a blowgun, blow darts and a quiver using only a curtain rod and various other household items.


This is my first instructable, so bear with me
 
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Step 1: Materials

Materials
- Small curtain rod (the kind used in doorways)
- Duct tape (of course)
- Drinking straws
- Toothpicks
- Modeling clay
- Film canister (filled halfway with modeling clay)

- Dremel (hacksaw will work)
- Scissors

Step 3: Finishing the Rod

Most curtain rods are just a wrapped piece of sheet metal, meaning there is a gap where the two sides meet. This will need to be covered or the pressure that propels the dart will dissapate out of this gap.

Covering the gap is simple, just get a strip or duct tape the length of your rod and cover the gap with it .

Step 4: Making the Darts

To make the dart all you need is a straw, some modeling clay, toothpicks, cotton twine, and duct tape.

- First, cut a one inch section from the straw
- Second, tear off a piece of modeling clay a force it into the section of straw you just cut
- Then take a toothpick and force it into the clay-filled straw
- Cut about 10 one inch sections of twine
- Tear off a 1-2 inch strip of duct tape, and attach all the ends of the string to one side of the tape
- Wrap the tape around the back of the straw. All the strings should be bunched together.


Make as many as you see fit.

Step 5: Makeing the Quiver

Making the quiver is easy. All you need is a film canister and some modeling clay

- Fill the film canister up halfway with clay
- Attach to main rod with some duct tape

Holds about nine darts

Step 6: Your Done!

Now go find a good target and fire away!

Be careful, will stick in human flesh.
ichipoodle6 years ago
Gmastefluffy, i do agree with you. There are way too many blowgun instructables. HOWEVER, that being said, at least have the decency to acknowledge Corteztheflame's efforts for putting up this fine instructable ( i really do like it )
theres too many knex guns too 99999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999 ar really baaad
yep
halogirl nkk075 years ago
thats a lot :)
How could you? Blowguns are silent, powerful, and lethal. Do you like to hurt people? Then use a poison dart.
kruser4957 years ago
hey i just made my own kind of dart. it is great. it would be mainly used for hunting mice. anything bigger and it wouldnt kill it. these are good darts that penitrate or stick into anything but metal and brick. they dont get dull so you can shoot them as many time as you want just dont shoot it at anything it wont stick into or it will break if u want me to tell u how to make them i will post them in like ten minutes but i dont have any pics sorry. plz comment.
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hey send me this dart instructions thanks
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PLZ MAKE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! thank u 4 ur time :p
kruser495, where is your dart? tell me plz.
where is your instructable kruzer?
i know its a bit old, but why not use bamboo skewers? just filter them for straightness.
Anyone know any material i could use as the "barrel" cause i cant use sharp objects and i dont think siccors will cut metal
go to home depot. in one section they should have 3 foot metal steel tubing with a 1 cm diameter. its the perfect barrel.
You could get a long cardboard tube, like the ones found in giftwrap.
mrelement3 years ago
thats sucks big
ol9879864 years ago
why not just get a maccy d's straw and blow chewed up paper thru it?
Dr.Big4 years ago
i got oss for bringing these to school ( out of school suspension OSS.)
benlee11144 years ago
couldn't u just use paper clips, staplers or needles or sumthing? by the way its nice! :D :P
defan4 years ago
brilliant site but don't now how to use it (please tell me how to use it)
kablamo5 years ago
it took me about 5 min. to make it. and it very effective :D gj
grut1255 years ago
it probly would be better to use a small width pvc pipe instead of a flimsy stray
Arianovan5 years ago
You and I both use a dremal tool, coolio.
This is actually quite ingenious. Nice job
sweeeeeeet
i use a sonic's straw because they are big.
looks good
silentdeath7 years ago
i may try this for my science project
lukeRAMBO7 years ago
ive built the same thing ages ago and i used it at school with soft datrs to shoot my friends pretty slick
Im sorry , is anyone else sick of blow gun instructables?
--Thatguy--7 years ago
this is better than urs oko, i kno from look that ur quiver isnt that good and putty would hold better than sponge, ur too full of urself
okoshima7 years ago
my quiver is better, also the darts suck, and the blowgun sucks, use pvc pipe and about 4/5 feet of it. darts with toothpic tips come on they will last 2/3 shots tops, there are better on here
Corteztheflame (author)  okoshima7 years ago
I tried your sponge method, and the darts kept falling out
Corteztheflame (author)  okoshima7 years ago
the first dart i made has lasted at least 100 shots
Maybe you should read the little red/pink box under the comment box again?
That is..SO COOL How long is the rod you used?
About a foot long
That's it? Im defnitly trying this.
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