Throw in some Hollywood branding and a dash of illegality, and life is perfect.
I was astounded to find that, in a country where only freaks and weirdos don't carry handguns, the sale of lawn darts has been banned on health and safety grounds.
Naturally, I had to make a set.
Even more naturally, as soon I saw the shape, I knew they had to be styled after the Minions from Despicable Me!
Step 1: Materials and tools.
To make the basic darts, all you need are two-litre soda bottles, six-inch nails and some sort of space-filling glue (I used hot glue, but a two-part epoxy would do just as well).
All you need tool-wise is a sharp knife.
To Minionise your darts, you will need blue and yellow paint (I used Brand X auto paint), a black marker, and a print-out of a pair of Minion goggles. To protect the print-out, I also used a spray-on clear lacquer.
Step 2: Trimming bottles
For aerodynamic balance, the bottles need to be shortened.
I found, after a bit of experimentation, that shortening the bottles by about a quarter worked nicely.
Step 3: Adding Points
The six-inch nails need to be poked through the bottle caps.
How you make the hole is up to you (I just drilled it with the point of a blade), but you need to make it a tight fit around the nail.
When you push the nail through, don't push it all the way through, leave about a third of an inch projecting inside the cap. Fill the cap with your space-filling glue, and screw it straight onto the bottle. When the glue sets, it will hold the nail rigidly in place.
Step 4: Finished, part one.
You now have a working set of lawn darts, and you can stop reading this instructable here if you want.
Go outside, and start throwing your darts.
If you want to make Minions, read on...