Introduction: Popsicle Stick Crossbow

Ok here's my made up version of a crossbow. It's kinda like a bic pen crossbow on a larger scale. I used gorilla glue on all the joints of the body, but hot glue would probably work.

Step 1: Materials

Here's what you need:
7 Popsicle sticks
Pen tube (pen minus the writing part and end cap)
Chip clip or some other strong clip (not a clothes pin)
Gorilla glue or hot glue
Bamboo skewers for ammo

Step 2: Make the Body

Start by gluing a popsicle stick perpendicular to two others as shown in the first picture. Then glue another one down the middle of the two parallel sticks, like the picture. I used other popsicle sticks to support it. Then, just glue two more just like the front half of the body, but without the cross piece. Make a notch in each end of the cross piece.

Step 3: Add the Pen Tube and Clip

Glue the pen tube in the center of the front half of the body, this will guide the arrow as it goes out. Now just clip the clip onto the end of the whole thing and put some glue on it so it only opens to the top. Add the rubber band as shown wrapping it around the notches and onto the end of the pen. It is helpful to put a notch in the end of the pen so the rubber band doesn't slip off and to help load it.

Step 4: Load and Fire

Shove a bamboo skewer in the pen tube and center it on the rubber band so it stays. Push it all the way in, center it on the body, and clip it. It improves the flight and makes it easier to load if you add a little bit of electrical tape on the front of a skewer. Fire by just unclipping the arrow.

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des42 made it! (author)2012-09-27

Awesome

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paulm made it! (author)2007-06-15
not a crossbow, uses a rubberband for all power. check out mine:

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Slurpee801 made it! (author)Slurpee8012012-01-16

Actually a weapon consisting of a bow fixed crosswise on a wooden stock, with grooves on the stock to direct the projectile is a crossbow.

My pocket crossbows fire harder than that thing.. And there's no rubber bands, and the firing mechanism is more solid.

https://www.instructables.com/id/Tension-pocket-crossbow-No-rubber-bands-or-cloth/#

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Dumchicken made it! (author)Dumchicken2011-03-11

wo

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pmac93 made it! (author)pmac932007-06-16

yeah i know it uses a rubberband but who cares it shoots really far its just for fun

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pieman12 made it! (author)pieman122010-03-17

tats all that matters unless ur prtecting ur home with theese

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Shadowfury made it! (author)Shadowfury2009-02-02

Well, it's kinda like a crossbow in that it uses a trigger-fire system. So technically, it's a trigger-operated crossbow-shaped slingshot.

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Coffee bean made it! (author)Coffee bean2008-09-05

your right but who cares. btw iv made five crossbow kinda like urs but more draw length(power) and a better trigger

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CapnTac made it! (author)CapnTac2008-03-16

Holy crap! Is that thing even legal???

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bobtet made it! (author)2010-08-21

SORRY WHEN I SAID BOW I MEANT ARROW!!!

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bobtet made it! (author)2010-08-21

yours is a whole lot better than mine. HAHA. but something that you can do is cut a little notch at the bottom slitting the wood in two connected pecies and making the rubber band fit between the split and it improves strength by so much. Excuse me for my spelling. think of it like floss going in between your teeth, the floss your rubber band and the split between your two front teeth your bow and thats how you want your bow to be cut so the rubber band can go inbetween your wood split for maximum fire power.

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Tobz1122 made it! (author)2009-07-17

where are you supposed to hold it?

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asakadoy made it! (author)2009-05-21

its dangerous when you shoot its back to you

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daman38 made it! (author)2009-05-01

i made a big one, it is AWESOME!!!!!!

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bylerfamily made it! (author)2009-01-15

Would a mauly work for the clip?

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airsofter2 made it! (author)2008-08-29

if you are an airsofter, and have more bb's in your house than you do bamboo skewers, then you could use the back part of a mechanical pencil (the long stick w/ the eraser at the end) as a ramrod, and then use that to fire bbs, just make sure that the pen is big enuff for bbs, and the rod doesnt fall out the back

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maveric101 made it! (author)2008-07-31

you could surround the entire thing in tape i.e. electircal

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killingrapist87 made it! (author)2008-05-31

hey Pamac93.your invention is great in power and speed!if your looking for something cheap visit my skewer death bow. it is as good or mabey better in both catogorys.I garuntee satisfacsion.souldn't break until about 2012. P.S.:this was my first instructable. P.P.S.:my instuctables will get better.

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tommyboy100 made it! (author)2008-02-12

i like your cross bow i maid one like yours it works good but i need to up grade the bolts i need more weight at the front... anyways i love your cross bow and so dose my mom... BYE

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Master Quan made it! (author)2007-12-20

ok. thanks.

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Master Quan made it! (author)2007-12-20

Yeah ahhh... I just inadvertently shot myself with an 8 inch bamboo skewer in the hand when I was loading this. WARNING! It went into my hand about and 1 and a half inches. It bled like stink. lol. So just as a warning, be careful when you are loading,unloading, and shooting this cross bow.

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Master Quan made it! (author)2007-12-20

I have just finished making your cross bow. I have a quick question. Do 8 inch or 12 inch skewers work better?

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pmac93 made it! (author)pmac932007-12-20

it doesn't matter as long as they are as long as the whole thing....you need to be able to grab it with the clip and have the point sticking out of the pen tube

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Tvman made it! (author)2007-08-15

paulm YOU GOTTA MAKE A INSTRUCTABLE FOR THAT SUCKER I WANNA MAKE IT!!! PLZZZZZZZZZZZZZ AND IF NOT EMAIL ME THE PLANS OR WHATEVER YOU DID AT Bikecrash@gmail.com PRONTO!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Mehmed6 made it! (author)2007-07-15

the stir sticks failed at life!! i will try with popsicle sticks

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Mehmed6 made it! (author)2007-07-15

would coffe stir sticks work for this?? i think it wont, will u think it will

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pmac93 made it! (author)pmac932007-07-15

hmm it depends on how strong they are, but it could work if you used a weak rubberband, but then it would lose power.

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Mehmed6 made it! (author)Mehmed62007-07-15

i got the kind u get at starbucks, so i will try

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Darkknight512 made it! (author)2007-05-09

Simple, works.... but i wouldn't call it a crossbow, because all of the power is coming from the elastic, but overall pretty good. Come take a look at my crossbow :)

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pmac93 made it! (author)pmac932007-05-09

yeah mine gets all the power from the rubber band, but it has over twice the range of yours if yours only shoots 9 meters.

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instructa-fan made it! (author)2007-05-06

to get a higher rating I would make it look a little nicer by puting a little more time into it...

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toogood made it! (author)2007-05-05

cold you use a ruler for the body?

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pmac93 made it! (author)pmac932007-05-05

yeah as long as it doesn't bend. A wooden one would probably work

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gunmanx made it! (author)2007-04-13

cool im making this right now im juz waiting for the glue to dry. this looks soooo cool nice instructable

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casvandegoor made it! (author)2007-04-01

that is nice! see my pen cross-bow!

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Waterpolo93 made it! (author)2007-03-29

NICE WORK this is awesome but i didnt have any scewers so i used a chop stick wiht a sowing needle on the tip of it
and it shot through hellsa stuff like soda cans (one that was full and cardboard and stuck in a ceiling in my house

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pmac93 made it! (author)pmac932007-03-30

Thanks. Maybe I'll try some needle tipped ones....

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your mom made it! (author)2007-03-29

the same as the basic idea of that bic pen crossbow, just bigger

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