Introduction: How to Make a Paperclip Slingshot

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I show how to make a mini paperclip slingshot. It is very easy to make and only requires a paper clip, elastic band and pliers to bend the paper clip with. The paperclip is bent into a ‘Y’ shape and the elastic band is cut and tied to the fork. The projectiles are simple V darts that can be made by bending paperclip scraps or folding paper into a V shape. It only takes a few minutes to make and with enough practice you can become a fairly accurate shot. This is a fun project that you can do to entertain yourself when you’re bored.

Step 1: Materials


-Elastic band


-Paper/Sticky notes (For the ammunition)


Step 2: Watch the Video

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deus ex (author)2016-05-31

Finally! a Instructable that allows me to spread anthrax around the classroom with ease!

MacaroniMonkey (author)2016-04-06


sabirabson (author)2015-10-25

this is nostalogy for me and my friends that lives in IRAN

Kozmicblues69 (author)2014-12-08

Wow! Sooo cool! I must make one of those! Thanks for sharing!

MEB and OJB (author)2014-10-16

Where's the rest?

xxxCHICAGOxxx (author)2014-09-21

Me and my friends call them "hornets" because they feel like you get stung by a hornet when one hits you, we usually just put a rubber band around our fingers but now i want see what they think the next time they try to shoot me. And by the way that was one of the more professional how-to videos I've seen most of them have really bad rap music and crappy footage but yours was great, easy to follow, and i love the music.

ChrisC1 (author)xxxCHICAGOxxx2014-10-08

This was like the stuff we made while we were like freshmen. more people like making clothespin guns. but this video is great quality just as you said

EthanR1 (author)xxxCHICAGOxxx2014-09-27

Yeah, at my school that's what they call them. That kind of stuff has died down now though, because people kept getting in trouble.

tkleinauskas (author)2014-10-06


krieglers (author)2014-09-25

Also used to make these at School, difference back then was you could use Golf Ball Elastic. You used to gut the Golf Ball and would be rewarded with a couple 100 meters of very fine elastic. Now days the golf balls are Solid Core, how sad.

Lormi made it! (author)2014-09-24

It works pretty well. I made darts from flat rolled sticky notes. The bright color lets me better see them against the target.

Silent_Shadow (author)2014-09-23

Funny how the dog appears and disappears in the background... I've made these before, using a plastic ruler and 2 pens you can make a pretty good crossbow.

Eromanga (author)2014-09-23

I wonder if I would be allowed to make one in the nanny state I live in? Slingshots are illegal in NSW, Australia.

Quester55 (author)2014-09-23

Use to make these in school, Great fun, Until we got caught.

another way, is to Gut a Bic Pen, Remove that Cap on the end, Remove the Ink stem until you have an empty tube.

Next, Secure a Rubber-band on either side of the big end & Tape the Band to the tube.

Next unbend a paper clip, Cut the wire to about 3 - 4 inches long 7 now you have a Dart. WARNING this ARROW shooter can Do some very serious Damage to any Living Thing, Including but not limited to, Teachers. BEWARE & Shoot at Cans or paper Targets only!

Fikjast Scott (author)2014-09-22

I love slingshots, great idea

dylan_maloney (author)2014-09-20


JM1999 (author)2014-09-20

That is really cool, I like the way you have made it so realistic!

You should dip the handle in a bit of hot plastic an hold the plastic part so it looks even cooler!

If you fold a piece of paper the way you mentioned it becomes what is commonly known as a "WASP" (worrying air strike paper)

Anyways, I think this is awesome, keep up the good work!

MsSweetSatisfaction (author)2014-09-20

Neat, definitely doing this next time I'm in an office environment!

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