Introduction: How to Make a "Country Boy" Style Slingshot

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This slingshot is patterned after the ones my grandfather and father made. It requires a "Y" shaped stick, some rubber bands or rubber cut from old inner tube, small diameter string or dental floss,and some old shoe leather or suitable material to make a small pouch to hold projectile. You will also need a sharp pocket knife and a hand saw capable of making a smooth cut in wood.

Step 1: Find an Appropriate "Y" Shaped Handle

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The hardest part of making the slingshot is finding a good handle. You need to walk through woods looking up into the tree branches looking for a suitable "Y" shaped fork. In the Southeast U.S. the Maple Tree is commonly used because it has a lot of forked limbs and the wood is lightweight and strong.

Step 2: Cut and Prepare the Handle

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The slingshot needs to be about eight inches long from the bottom of the handle to the top of the forks. The forks need to be about four inches long. It is best to use a saw to insure a smooth cut, I used a hacksaw.
Peel the bark off the handle by using the knife to separate the bark from the wood. this is easily done while the wood is still green.
Next use the knife to trim and smooth the knots and bumps on the handle, and trim the rough edges on the ends of the handle.
You then cut small grooves on the ends of the forks about 1/4 inch down from the top. The grooves keep the strings holding the rubber bands in place.

Step 3: Attach Rubber Bands to Handle

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The rubber bands I used are size 64, 3 1/2 inches by 1/4 inch. I bought them at Office Depot for about 2 dollars. You can use a bigger rubber band if you can find one. If you are feeling resourceful it is easy to cut the bands out an old bicycle inner tube.
I attached the rubber bands to the slingshot with the inner strings pulled from the inside of some parachute cord. You can use any suitable sized string you have or dental floss works well to attach the bands to the slingshot.
Cut the rubber bands and place over the ends of the forks on the handle. Take the strings and wrap around tightly around the bands, being sure to the string stays inside the grooves.

Step 4: Making and Attaching the Pouch

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I used a piece of leather from the tongue of an old soccer shoe for the pouch. Any suitable leather-like material is acceptable. Cut the leather into an elongated oblong shaped little football. I like to draw a rough shape on the leather with a pen. It is hard to see, but it helps in cutting out a more uniform shape. It is easier to use scissors to cut the pouch. Next poke 2 holes in the pouch to run the strings through. The pouch will then be attached to the ends of the rubber bands that are attached the forks of the handle.


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Khykemp (author)2016-07-14

i made it yay

SierraM1 (author)2015-04-21

how do you do this

16kuokhc1 (author)2011-12-24

where do I get the wood (legally in HK)

braviscows (author)16kuokhc12015-03-22

you can use a board from the store... just cut it out with jigsaw

suesieQ79 (author)2011-03-01

does anyone know how to make a rubberband gun made out of a simple stick, like the sling shot above, my grandfather use to make them, but all I can find is those made out of wood, popsickle sticks, etc. The ones he did out of simple sticks were much more unique and craftier then the ones I found made out of wood. They had a cool country look to them, that I cannot find anywhere on the internet, also he made them from sticks, and used clothes pins to hole the rubberband. All I can remember is a slit on the front to keep the "bullet"-rubberband in placed while you pulled the rubberband back to have the clothes pin hold it, then released it the same way(the clothes pin.) These were really cool looking guns, but I'm afraid I can't remember the stick design, etc. If anyone knows, I would much appreciate it, Thanks

cacj131 (author)suesieQ792015-01-02

Sorry bro, (btw your grandfather souns like a cool guy) but I dont know about anything like that. I might know, so i'll think. Kerp looking! And God bless!

mromopop (author)2011-12-31

im gonna make one but make a slit in the end so its easier

rogerrabbit321 (author)2011-05-31

Is the thickness of my index finger an appropriate size for the fork? It seems a little thin to me, but i have skinny fingers

Eddie_T (author)2011-03-16

weaponscollector94 (author)2010-12-17

nice Barlow knife!

lilrocker90 (author)2010-12-12

Has the wood ever cracked? i am going to make this. thx

lesrebnav (author)2008-07-26

hello, let's view two of mine

slingshot 1

The Y was made from a Gaïc wood (very hard wood common of my country: the New Caledonia island in the south pacific ocean) and the rubber was from sub-marine gun sandow cut in the length way with a razor blade. On the base of the Y I carve with a knife a spiral .

slingshot 2

on the second one the Y was made from Banian wood (another tree of my country).
on the two ones the rubber was bind arround the Y with rubber band made frome inner tube.

Have a nice day and be carreful of your neighbour windows


mbudde (author)lesrebnav2008-07-28

I want to go to New Caledonia. Is it nice there? I hadn't heard of it until about 4 years ago when I got my crested gecko. They said that crested geckos are native to New Caledonia. But, mine was born in a pet store. I think. But it wasn't pulled out of the wild.

prankster43709 (author)mbudde2010-09-06

I have a crested gecko too! Those things are pretty cool lol

lesrebnav (author)mbudde2008-08-01

hello luminous, the crested gecko is not the common gecko here, but it be present..for example in my house every evening we hear the gecko sing (some time it's a very high sound) or sometime on the wall we can see a gecko battle, they fight to eat little insects, it's an interesting spectacle !!

mbudde (author)lesrebnav2008-08-02

That would be cool to see. My gecko has never sung, but I think my friends gecko does. Do the geckos ever get hurt when they fight?

mbudde (author)mbudde2008-08-02

Your slingshots are awesome, by the way.

doyle13 (author)lesrebnav2008-07-30

I really like those slingshots and the customized carvings on the handle are a cool touch.

Cheezpaper (author)2010-09-02

I like to call cutting off it's bark flaying it ALLIIIVEE!!!

create#1 (author)2010-09-02

ill have to try this it looks cool

samyboy1001 (author)2009-07-26

hello Doyle13, I have a question where you get that knife I like it :D can you tell me, Grt samyboy1001

seabananers (author)samyboy10012010-06-28

i've seen em at wal mart mountain equipment and the cabelas catalouqe

nutsandbolts_64 (author)2010-02-02

 We've got no good trees with the Y-shaped branch. Not a single one! Where do you suggest I get one ( other than from the forest, I don't have access to one anyway )? Could I like get two equal lengths and widths of bamboo and stick them together then bend the tops so you'll see a Y-shape? 

Hey, that's a new idea!!! 
Unofficial Copyright 2010!!!!

But you people are free to make an instructable on one as long as you credit me for the idea :D

Just buy a slingshot then... only like 10$ for a decent cheapie with a wrist strap, with more power than this one could produce.

 The problem is no one sells slingshots in my country anymore. Not even the slingshot rubber bands. Another reason why I need it to be homemade.

you live in the Phillipines right i did a project on the Pillipines for school 2 months ago you can build one with household stuff.

You could make a board slingshot

captain smoosh (author)2009-08-15


A tree

static (author)2009-12-24

 Hey this is a Dennis The Menace sling shot. :)

scottmiller (author)2009-10-30

 Pretty good instructable. I've gotta make one. Do you think that several rubber bands tied together with a square knot would work just as well? Also, would it be more comfortable to wrap the handle in leather or string? 

meddler (author)2009-07-28

My dad and his brothers made slingshots like this and used tire innertube rubber. I think It was more pure rubber then, anyway my gramps made it through the depression, and had a good job, but they were still pretty poor, my pop and his brothers took a number of rabbits with their slingshots for the cook pot. Gramps loved rabbits.

sharlston (author)2009-07-25

if you get a builders leather you can cut a square then make slits in corners then fold them over to make a puch that will hold 200+ airsoft bb's

coreyt (author)2009-07-05

seeing as there a few people showing there slingshots off i thought i would show you mine and dont bother with #64s use no #109s they are like surgical tubing mine can easily piercer both sides of a coke can with a rock

Phoghat (author)2009-05-20

Someone on the slingshot bent had asked about getting loose shot so he could shoot it like a shotgun shell. I found They don't show a picture of the pouch but it's available for $10 and will shoot bb's

ericm247 (author)2009-04-26

nice, nice. The method you used for attaching the pouch is awesome, but along with that it also reduces power.

filiprey619 (author)2009-02-21

thanks it is great!!!

filiprey619 (author)2008-12-09


nizzero (author)2008-09-29

I used two pieces of duct tape stuck together, then cut it into an oval. It works just as well, and decreases the weight of the slingshot and firing mechanism. I liked this instructable, I showed my friends how to make them and they all like them too.

acesk8erboi (author)2008-08-03

how good are inner tube strips of bike tires?

doyle13 (author)acesk8erboi2008-08-04

The rubber bands I used for my slingshot seemed fairly week, but propelled a glass marble twenty feet with enough force to discourage dogs from using my trash cans for a buffet. I originally thought of using bands cut from a bicycle inner tube, but I didn't have an old bike tube. I think bands cut from a tube would probably work as good or better than the ones I purchased from Staples.

Waffles Will Rule (author)2008-07-27

I'm building one of these right now.

carpespasm (author)2008-07-27

Using bike inner tube strips makes the whole thing easeier and stronger. You can cut the crotch and sling from one piece.

Lego man (author)2008-07-27

I have a deer antler cut into a slingshot shape I just need to put the sling in it.

Ian.G (author)2008-07-27

it would be much better with surgical tubing.

skunkbait (author)2008-07-27

Good job. My kids made a couple like that last year. They are lots of fun at any age!

Camisado (author)2008-07-26

This is SUPER awesome and SUPER cool. Nice job. 5 stars! P.S: This is a very good I'ble and all, but why is it featured? I mean no offense, I've seen better ones but how come THEY'RE not featured?

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