Introduction: How to Make a Crossbow

Title says it all.

Step 1: Materials Needed:

  • Bamboo Skewers
  • Scissors or knife
  • 2 brand new pencils (recomended)
  • 1 emptied pen tube
  • Tape (any type)
  • rubber-band
  • Binder Clip

Step 2: Step 3

Tape the pencils together at each end.

Step 3: Step 4

Cut a small length of pen tube. This will soon serve as your barrel.

Step 4: Step 5

Tape the pen tube to either end of the pencils.

Step 5: Step 6

Then take your binder clip, and tape it to the opposite side.

Step 6: Step 7

You can choose to soak your bamboo skewers in hot water, till they are more flexible.

This is entirely optional, for the rubber band is the main firing mechanism.

Step 7: Step 8

Bend the skewers into a bow-type shape after soaking, to form them properly. Allow them to dry entirely.

If you chose not to soak your skewers, disregard this step.

Step 8: Step 9

Now take the skewers, and tape them to the very top of your pencils.

Step 9: Final Step

Cut your rubber band tie it to both ends and load with another bamboo skewer and fire!! Happy shooting..........I am NOT liable for any injuries caused by this weapon.


iliketrolls made it! (author)2014-02-27

do you have any suggestions of what to use exept from the bamboo skewer for the bow part?

imaskater1029 made it! (author)imaskater10292014-10-23

You could possibly used soaked dowel rods, or another set of pencils to make the cross shape. really, most of the energy is produced by the rubber band.

CrayfishYAY made it! (author)2014-02-02

I used to have 1. But it got too old & the rubber band broke. Kinda decomposed.

yapoyo made it! (author)2011-11-28

this is epic

imaskater1029 made it! (author)imaskater10292012-10-19

Thank you very much, means a lot.

WarHero153 made it! (author)2011-04-11

This is a great crossbow. Your steps were so elaborate and detailed. And the crossbow works perfectly fine. Such simple steps for a awesome design.

imaskater1029 made it! (author)2010-09-29

Please, post up videos or instructables of your own, I'd love to see them!

catman0321 made it! (author)2010-09-21

sometimes it doesn,t shoot but i fixed that

Someon made it! (author)2010-08-31

It's awesome, but it is hard to load. We love it! Try making a version with an easier loading mechanism.

bigfoot101 made it! (author)2010-02-24

 this is awesome!!!

imaskater1029 made it! (author)imaskater10292010-02-24

Thanks!Really means ALOT.

dafydd1998 made it! (author)2009-08-28

on step 1(materials).you have forgotten the emptied pen tube.