Introduction: Paper Nerf Gun (Cross-bow)

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This Instructable will show you how to make a super cheap Paper Nerf Gun (Cross-Bow). This is my first instructable so leave some comments. This is totally my design so if you can make one with some improvements, post some pictures of it! DISCLAIMER: I am not responsible for any person, place, thing(Pretty much any noun) that is injured or broken while using this crossbow. Now lets get started!

Step 1: Materials

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For this you will need...
-About 4 sheets of paper(I'd use some old math papers, no one needs them)
-Duct Tape(of course, everything needs duct tape)
-Scotch Tape
-A Rubber Band
-A Hot Glue Gun
-Ammo (Nerf Darts or some straws)

Step 2: Rolling the Paper

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In this step you will roll the paper into three tightly rolled tubes like shown. To roll them start at the bottom right hand corner and roll up to the top left hand corner. It's easier when you use something long and skinny such as a straw or even better a chop stick. Use the scotch tape to tape the tube. Make two tubes with one sheet of paper and one tube with two sheets of paper to make it stronger. Cut the pointy ends of the paper tubes off.

Step 3: Making the Chamber

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For instructional purposes we will call this part the CHAMBER. Take two of the weaker tubes that you just made and (only on one side) hot glue them together. The side that you didn't hot glue will be where you set the dart.

Step 4: Making the Cross

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Now, on the side that has the hot glue, hot glue the stronger tube at a 90 degree angle about two inches down from the end of the CHAMBER. Like shown.

Step 5: Making the Crossbow String

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Next cut your rubber band once so that it is a straight band of rubber. Then duct tape it to the ends of the strong tube going over the CHAMBER like shown in the picture.

Step 6: Making the Trigger

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Now all you have to do is (On the UN-hot glued side of the CHAMBER on the opposite end of the cross part) hot glue a clothespin.

Step 7: Have Fun!

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Now your done. All you have to do to load it is pull the rubber band back and put it in the clothespin, set the dart in the CHAMBER and open the clothespin. That's all there is to it. Please Comment


johnnystarshot1234 (author)2017-04-20

Its so simple! Thank you for making this because I have looking for easy homemade nerf gun

spitball king (author)2014-11-10

My crossbow is made out of sticks but it dosen't fire with much power.

Big Baneser (author)2013-08-25

I made the bow and its power blew me away. A small primary weapon perfect for assassins.

Big Baneser (author)2013-08-24

Use the straw in the dart mod but leave around a centimetre of straw poke out the back of the dart so that the dart doesn't fall off the bow

nerfrocketeer (author)2013-01-13

Fist ible I ever did... Ahh memories... Check out my version.( click on my name) thanks for the idea- hope u don't mind me changing it...!

nerfrocketeer (author)2013-01-13

I made this crossbow. Gr8 idea.! I added a foregrip, a stock , and a front part too. I will post it soon.

Pichu47 (author)2012-01-04

Sweet. I am putting the finishing touches on my PVC crossbow. It's basically like this but with pvc, a stock, and a bigger rubber band. I will hopefully post an instructable for it soon.

hobbitboy (author)2011-01-12

making one rite now with pvc and surgical tubing

jsttreat (author)hobbitboy2011-06-30

I will make one of those when I get my hands on pvc.

jsttreat (author)2011-06-28

my second crossbow shot 60+ feet and i glued on straws to hold my darts so I don't have to dig in my pockets. What will the world come up with next?

sithstalker (author)2011-02-01

this is frikin sweet so simple

jake4a4 (author)2011-01-15

oops lol it uses one

jake4a4 (author)2011-01-15

awesome crossbow, just 1 thing. I think a clothespin works much better than duct tape stuff

Fractal Art (author)2010-11-08

This looks great! I may attempt to make something like this some time - it seems relatively effective!

Apple_4_life (author)2010-03-14

 This thing is SICK!!!!  it shoots better then my nerf gun! though its hard to keep the dart from falling off...

Sir Patrick (author)2010-01-09

I'm going to be making this out of PVC pipe this weekend!

husker (author)Sir Patrick2010-01-09

 Definitely post pictures of it!

knexsuperbuilderfreak (author)2009-08-21

is there any way to make this with out a clothes pin i know it could be a pull back and fire type but i want a trigger

ninjacow123 (author)2009-08-12

Dude My Version Shot 30ft. one time! my office supply crossbow is sweet I'm putting an Instructable on how to make it. The only difference is mine is about 2 times bigger than yours and has a different release machanism thinga-ma-bobby

Vynash (author)2009-08-05

Just made one! Pic.

husker (author)Vynash2009-08-05

That's awesome!

Vynash (author)husker2009-08-06

Yeah works about as good as a stock maverick!

Nice job 5* and a fav.

Gh{O}sT (author)2009-06-01

nice and neat :P, i wish i had a glue gun T.T

thing 2 (author)2009-05-27

Cool! Nice work! ;-)

eknafrk (author)2009-05-06


husker (author)eknafrk2009-05-07

No Problem. I'm just Happy people like it

mPg-911 (author)2009-04-25

About how fast does it go?

husker (author)mPg-9112009-04-26

surprisingly it goes fast (faster then the real nerf guns)

Gent Zaplluzha (author)husker2009-05-02

Yes it does,i made one and wow,i felt like throwing my own Nerf gun away...|

Also i made lots of modifications and a whole new "dual crossbow" ill have it soon on my profile so if you want check it out=]

husker (author)Gent Zaplluzha2009-05-05

Ya i'll definitely check it out!

mPg-911 (author)husker2009-05-03

check out my account for lots of crossbow modification,and a whole new dual crossbow...mods include ammo cartridges and holders :D I may have said this on my other account"gent"but this is the account im putting it on.

stin6516 (author)2009-04-19

i like it

squibble94 (author)2009-04-17

Wow! I can't wait to use ALL of my math homework! Anyway, nice instructable. I'll have to make it soon. Oh, and nice use of the "clothespin" idea I used to use on my rubber band guns.

husker (author)squibble942009-04-18


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