Instructables
Picture of Pole Snowball Launcher
vlcsnap-2014-01-29-09h39m38s200.png
vlcsnap-2014-01-29-09h38m36s77.png
 

 
If you throw a snowball, you might be able to hit something 30 feet away. But if you use a pole mounted snowball launcher, you could hit targets up to 60 feet away. In this project I am going to show you how to make a simple pole snowball launcher that can send snowballs flying great distances.
 
Remove these adsRemove these ads by Signing Up

Step 1: Materials

Picture of Materials
Image1.jpg
IMG_9948.JPG
Materials for a single snowball launcher:
Long Wooden Pole (such as a broom handle)
1/4" Bolt, 1 1/2" long
Two 1/4" Washers
1/4" Nut
Cup or Bowl (anything that can hold a snowball)
Drill and Bit Set

Step 2: Drill a Mounting Hole in the End of the Pole

Picture of Drill a Mounting Hole in the End of the Pole
Using a 1/4 inch drill bit, drill a hole through the center of the pole near the end. This is where we will mount the cup that will hold the snowball. It may be helpful to first drill the hole with one or more smaller bits before using the 1/4" bit. By gradually increasing the size of the hole, you reduce the chance that the wood might split. 

Step 3: Cut a Small Hole in the Bottom of Your Cup

Picture of Cut a Small Hole in the Bottom of Your Cup
vlcsnap-2014-01-29-11h25m10s37.png
IMG_9986.JPG
We need to mount a small cup at the end of the pole to hold the snowball. This can be anything that is able to hold a snowball. It can be a plastic bowl or a plastic cup. It can be a ball that has been cut in half. Just for fun, I decided to use half of a coconut. Whatever object you choose to use needs to have a hole cut in the bottom so that it can be attached to the pole with a 1/4 inch bolt.

The best way to make the hole depends on material that the cup is made of. For thin soft plastics, you can simply cut a hole with a sharp knife. For harder plastics or wood, you will probably want to use a drill. With a coconut, you may be able to just push a 1/4 inch bolt through one of the eyes. The exact method does not matter as long as you can fit a 1/4 inch bolt through the bottom of the cup. 
ep1c r1ot7 months ago
In the summer can you throw other stuff marbles rocks etc.
CaseyCase7 months ago

An improved version would be to ditch the cup and attach a sling to the end of the staff. (Google search "staff sling")

DIY Hacks and How Tos (author)  CaseyCase7 months ago
Definitely. That give you over double the effective range of motion. I may have to do that next winter.
salmansheikh7 months ago

Definitely the best instructable of the day and perhaps the winter for us getting so much of the white stuff in the Mid-Atlantic East coast..

bricobart7 months ago

Real badass project ;) But please never drill holes in a coconut that way again. It's the best way to get the drill going straight through your hand - I ripped off a few nerves & tendons that way, two years ago...

DIY Hacks and How Tos (author)  bricobart7 months ago
You are right. I changed the picture.
craftclarity7 months ago

I'd agree with Bricobart. It'd be far safer to put the open end of the coconut on a flat surface (preferably a grippy one like a block of rubber or something) and drill it that way...eek