This laser cut slingshot and soft felted wool ammunition balls are easy to make and a huge hit with kids and adults!
Step 1: Materials and Tools
- Thin plywood - I used 0.2" thin birch plywood
- Elastic band(s)
- Thin leather
- Acrylic paints
- Wool for felting
- Laser cutter (or you could cut out a template of a slingshot using another method)
- Sharp scissors
- Felting needle
Step 2: Design and Cut
I downloaded a sling shot logo by Erich Grois from the noun project. Using CorelDRAW, I simplified his design by taking the outline and simplifying the shape of the handle. I added holes to tie elastics through.
I cut out 2 sling shot designs out of 0.2" thin plywood using YuKonstruct's laser cutter.
Feel free to download the design attached here.
Step 3: Glue and Sand
Using strong wood glue, I stuck two slingshot cut outs together. This makes it a bit stronger as I was using pretty thin wood.
I then sanded the entire piece, rounding the edges slightly.
Step 4: Paint
I decorated the handle of my slingshot using acrylic paints and painters tape. I also painted all of the edges (all the way around the slingshot) as well.
I made a few mistakes here - going out of the lines, but sandpaper cleaned it right up.
Step 5: Assemble
I cut out a rounded rectangular piece of thin leather for the ammunition holder and made two small punctures about half a centimetre from the side edges.
Then I cut a large strong elastic band in half and tied it to the slingshot handle and the ammunition holder.
Step 6: Ammunition - Felted Balls
I use a felting needle to make these wool balls.
Essentially I take a small lump of wool, roll it into a ball, and then stab it with a felting need rotating and shaping as I go. Once I get a fairly uniform shape and a firm ball I stop.
If you haven't felted before, this is a video showing the same technique that I use. There is another method using soap, hot and cold water demonstrated in this video that would also work well.
Step 7: Play
This slingshot shoots the little felted balls a surprising distance! Have fun!