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Make nerf darts from scratch

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Playing with Nerf guns is a fun activity fun activity enjoyed by many people. Unfortunately, the fun often runs out once all the darts have been lost. Making your own darts is much cheaper than buying replacements.
The one caveat of using these darts is that your Nerf gun must have barrel post removed. This is easy to do although not appreciated by the Hasbro company. The method by which you can remove the barrel post of your specific gun can be easily found trough a few Google or Youtube searches.
If you modify your guns, homemade darts (stefans) allow you much more options in barrel and loading systems as well as increased performance.

This is a slightly modified version of the classic home made Nerf dart that makes them more safe and easier to retrieve.
 
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Step 1: Materials

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-Hot glue: Don't be a cheapskate, buy Arrow brand, it is the best I have found.
-Hot glue gun: Try to use one with a ow heat setting, too hot of a glue gun can over-melt your foam.
-BBs: I use copperhead brand air-gun bbs, these will provide weight.
-Knife: I like to use a plain old razor blade, make sure it is new and sharp.
-Hair dryer: There is a heat gun in the picture, it is overkill. Even some hair dryers can be too much. I only used the heat gun since I did not have a hair dryer on hand.
-Spray paint: Try a few brands to see what sticks to your foam best, don't use krylon fusion or any metallic paints though, they will not work well.
-A pillow case: This will hold the foam while your heat it. Many things can be used in place of a pillow case, I have even used a brown paper bag.
-1/2 inch Foam backer rod: This is what you actually make the darts out of. Make sure that you buy the 1/2 inch variety. It can be found at any hardware store. Ask for foam backer rod, if they say they do not have it, try asking for "Caulk saver." It usually costs around 3-5 dollars for 20 feet and is available online cheaper. There are many brands, most are fine. DO NOT BUY "Frost King" brand foam, it is crap, anything else is better. Also, color is not important some are almost white and some are black.
abadfart4 years ago
if you mod a sodering iron  you could put a hole so you don't need to remove the barrel post
Flashflint (author)  abadfart4 years ago
soldering irons are Wayyyyy to hot to use for this, also, there is no reason to not remove the barrel posts.
i would rather not remove the barrel posts, however you can make the hole using a drill or dremel with a Drillbit.(the spiral kind lol)
or you could heat up a nail and stick it in the bottom
it works very well if the hole is straight
REA3 years ago
they look like moldy cheese puffs lol
is it cheaper to make these than buying a pack? and can they provide more precision and/or distance than store bought ones?
Kactapuss3 years ago
Nice Instructable! Very Clear.
steven-0264 years ago
They look like cheeto's or something haha
Pie Ninja4 years ago
Can someone tell me what the conventional use for foam backer rod is?
It's used for filling cracks before you caulk them.
kevlardude4 years ago
I've learned that foam ear plugs make great Nerf gun ammo too.
NyxemRyn4 years ago
These stefans also bounce better. It's not of much use in outdoor games, and rebounds don't count in most nerf wars though.
diyguy58395 years ago
you should try taking the insides of a potato, make it into a dart and bake it. you probably will get good accuracy and it will biodegrade so you dont have to pick it up(outdoor use).
I've done that, you don't have to bake it, though. It's way heavier than a nerf dart, and the weight isn't in the tip, so it doesn't fly very straight nor get good range. Plus, all the extra weight means that it'll hurt your target a bit. Finn
1spartan955 years ago
What is zomb-east?
Flashflint (author)  1spartan955 years ago
A HvZ nerf game in eastern MI.
You've got my interest, lol. Finn
nanu20005 years ago
those are awesome
nerfkid4275 years ago
lol the darts look like long terds!!!!!lol
eneergcam5 years ago
those look like old cheetos
Flashflint (author)  eneergcam5 years ago
and?
just a thought. 5 stars
half used cigars i thought.