Introduction: How to Make a Paperclip Slingshot

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 made it!(author)2016-05-31

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

MacaroniMonkey made it!(author)2016-04-06


sabirabson made it!(author)2015-10-25

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

Kozmicblues69 made it!(author)2014-12-08

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

MEB+and+OJB made it!(author)2014-10-16

Where's the rest?

xxxCHICAGOxxx made it!(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 made it!(author)2014-10-08

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 made it!(author)2014-09-27

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 made it!(author)2014-10-06


krieglers made it!(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 made it!(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 made it!(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 made it!(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 made it!(author)2014-09-22

I love slingshots, great idea

dylan_maloney made it!(author)2014-09-20


JM1999 made it!(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 made it!(author)2014-09-20

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

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