Introduction: Powerful Mini Crossbow

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This is a very small but powerful miniature crossbow that can be used in classroom battles when the teachers aren't looking or just to shoot at people to see their reaction. Please do not leave any rude comments, criticism is okay and questions are accepted and replied to as soon as I can.

Step 1: Materials

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1) Five Toothpicks
2) Two Paperclips
3) One Rubberband

Step 2: Tools

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1) Pliers
2) Hot Glue Gun
3) Scissors or Sharp Knife
4) Scotch Tape

Step 3: Assembly

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Hot glue two toothpicks together side by side. Next, next hot glue one toothpick horizontally to the bottom of the first two. Cut one toothpick in half and glue to the rear of the base and glue the other half to the front of the base like the picture. Cut one paperclip in half and bend into an "N" shape to act as the bolt guide. Hot glue this to the front of the base.

Step 4: Assembly (Continued)

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Bend one paperclip into a trigger similar to the one in the picture. Hot glue the trigger piece to the end of the base. Cut a rubberband in half longways to make it thinner then cut to desired length (depending on how strong you want it to be). Hot glue the ends to the tips of the horizontal crossbar.

Step 5: Make the Bolts

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Cut the tip off one end of a toothpick then tape the end with scotch tape like the picture. You can make as many as you like and you can fashion a quiver.

Step 6: Your Done

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You know have a working crossbow.


Billman101 (author)2014-10-16

how do i fire it??? btw really cool

Etaash (author)2012-04-30

help1 i don't have a glue gun. ( is there any other way to glue the thing cuz i keep trying to use any other alternativ) bzzz brrr... system mallfuncion

taneorox (author)2010-09-06

i edited step 4 by putting a small bit of toothpick through the hole in the middle of the paperclip and glueing the toothpick (not the paperclip) to the end of the crossbow so the paperclip had something to pivot on.

Nutburger (author)taneorox2011-03-26

thats a great idea! ill do that to :P

Nutburger (author)2011-03-26

I just made tooth picks for arrows and made the bolt guide smaller instead. i thought the idea of tape on it was boring, plus it goes farther! :D

nugget50 (author)2011-01-05

what do u shoot for it

greymatter21 (author)2010-06-06

ohhhh u mean"lowercase n";D

taneorox (author)greymatter212010-09-06

thank you!!!!!!!

i wouldn't of figured it out so thank you very much!!!

taneorox (author)2009-11-02

 i dont get the N shape thing

Miscellaneous (author)taneorox2009-12-02

The "N Shaped Thing" is what holds the bolt in place when you are preparing to fire the crossbow.

taneorox (author)Miscellaneous2010-09-06

do u mean lowercase "n"

if so i think you should change it to lowercase in the instructions.

getfuzzy256 (author)2010-09-04

oh and which size paper clip should i use????

getfuzzy256 (author)2010-09-01

what rubberband should i use thick or stringy?

elenwaren (author)2010-08-09

i do not understand little bit soccer

Miscellaneous (author)elenwaren2010-08-11

What are you talking about?

I think he's wondering what you do with it. I imagine you can play it like paper football as long as you don't fling it in one's eye. It's more of a toy that shoot semi-sharp darts at someone to get their attention.

hopekiller30 (author)2010-01-18

can you like make the same thing and make it with more steps so we can actually now what to do seriosly like i made 2 instructibles but with like so much more description in them!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This is a very well made instructable. It has instructions on it that are as clear as i can make them. Also i do not really care how many instructables you have made. You are looking at my instructables therefore the ones you have made a irrelevant.

ok sorry but i dont wanna say any thing to big but a tl east somehow if possible make the pics a little clearer and yes i am wearing my glasses

vigowaygo (author)2010-06-06

hey, thanks. Cool thingamajigger. :)

nutsandbolts_64 (author)2010-06-01

I shall: improve! The pics are clear enough, but if you're just using a webcam, there's a focus wheel somewhere there (like mine).

martiin (author)2009-09-24


Capt. Kidd (author)martiin2010-05-05

awful- drop the fl

Miscellaneous (author)martiin2009-12-02

Alright everyone is entitled to their opinion but you try creating a miniature crossbow the size of your index finger and have it work perfectly with no flaws.

pieman12 (author)Miscellaneous2010-03-18

i have and it works great. i think ur ible is fine. just look for the macro function on ur camera for clearer pics

pieman12 (author)pieman122010-04-15

the macro function is represented by a flower

pieman12 (author)pieman122010-03-18

i got my idea from this ible

NatureBoom21 (author)2010-03-04

the pictures are terrible fix them please

waffles305 (author)2009-09-06

is the trigger a pistol trigge?r or do u have to do it yourself

Miscellaneous (author)waffles3052009-09-09

I do not get what you are asking.

red-king (author)Miscellaneous2010-01-16

 I think he's asking if you have to hold the bolt in place by yourself, or if there's a trigger mechanism that holds it in place until you pull the trigger.

Miscellaneous (author)red-king2010-01-23

The pressure of the rubber band on the trigger mechanism holds it in place by itself so there is no need for you to hold onto it. The bolt is held onto the boww by the "N" shaped bolt guide.

Colonel88 (author)2009-11-22

Good job, but I can't really grasp the trigger thing, mind putting up a video up and maybe a couple of close-ups of the trigger assembly and when it is primed? Thanks in advance.

Miscellaneous (author)Colonel882009-12-02

The trigger assembly really is the most difficult part however I am not in the position to create a video, sorry. I can however walk you through the steps of the assembly.
1) Secure the toothpick cross bar on the rear of the bow as instructed previously.
2) Bend your paper clip into a shape with a loop in the center big enough to be looped around the cross bar.
3) Bend one end of the clip into a flat horizontal loop. This is the thumb trigger.
4) Bend the opposite end into a hook to catch the rubberband when the weapon is engaged.
5) Place your trigger over the cross bar. It shood spin freely and when you pull the rubberband back into the hook the pressure will keep it in place.

fnkyplyr (author)2009-09-02

I have a question How do you do the trigger part? because i don't understand how you did it

Miscellaneous (author)fnkyplyr2009-09-04

I just bent the piece of paper clip into the shape I wanted and mounted it near the back of the crossbow. Simple as that.

absolute zero (author)2009-08-24

i made a crossbow the same size as this, much more complex though. i lost it, and i dont have the glue to make another. an forgot 2 take pics......damn

Yeah, this one was really easy to make. I thought of it because I wanted to teach my sister a lesson about sneaking into my room. I set it up as a booby trap and she got shot. Although, she came back a few months later so I made a different booby trap, you can check it out if you want. Search booby trap on this website and look for my user name.

Miscellaneous (author)2009-08-20

I hope that everyone likes this Instructable and I just want to say please no one "modify" my Instructable and publish it again just to have it as their own. By the way it was very hard to get good focused pictures of such a small object so do not complain.

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