Picture of Reception Desk Paperclip Crossbow
Like most people these days and in this economy I had two jobs back in 2011. One was working with kids doing all kinds of fun projects and the other was working nights and weekends at a reception desk and filing things away. I actually like both. There's something simple and calming about just putting files away.

Anyway, my last night at work was pretty slow and I was feeling a bit bored. Everyone knows what it feels like as you edge closer and closer to your last day at work. You just stop focusing and you look for anything to grab your attention. For whatever reason, I got it in my head that I was going to try and make a crossbow out of the office supplies I had handy. I blame Instructables - I had been browsing through various little office weapon guides to waste time and I got into my head that I wanted to try and make something super simple that anyone could make because I was using supplies that everyone should have handy.

Thus, after about forty five minutes of abject boredom and some awful 90s movie on the television in the lobby, the paperclip crossbow was born.

It works fairly well. Hopefully I can get a video up soon. My phone was shattered earlier while I was backpacking in Europe but I've finally got it working again so hopefully I can get the video off there. Uploaded!

Step 1: The Supplies

Picture of The Supplies
Now, the supplies you will need are fairly simple.

You will need the following:
- one rubber band
- four paperclips
- thumb tacks

Additionally, you may choose to have scotch tape or duct tape on hand or an optional step later.

On paperclips, I like to use two long and two short but you can use four paperclips of the same length as well. I've done that as well. Either way it will work just as well.
mikeasaurus3 years ago
This is my kind of office warfare.
Colonel Hogan11 months ago

this is AWESOME, but my biggest concern is that the rubberband's tension may bend the crossbow

weredude3 years ago
I really like this instructable and it's really cool that it actually works, thank you for making this! Also please check out my office catapult:
Schmidty163 years ago
i replay the vidio like 10 times
samaside (author)  Schmidty163 years ago
Yeah... it really is supposed to be just three seconds, lol.
I didn't notice the video was already started... Then, it was over
samaside (author)  emilyvanleemput3 years ago
Yeah, it's literally like the lamest and least useful video ever. But I had it on my phone from about a year ago and I figured, "Hey, why not?" I just wanted to prove it actually did work, lol.
snowfalcon13 years ago
Dilbert secretary with a crossbow nice