Introduction: Simple PaperClip Bow

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A Simple PaperClip Bow

Step 1: First Step

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Get Your Matrials:
1 Hefty PaperClip
1 Medium Ruber Band
Some Optional Tape

Step 2: Bend That Sucker

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Bend the paperclip into a straight "C" shape

Step 3: Atatch the Rubber Band and Bend

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Simply slide the rubberband onto the paper clip, and then bend the edges up so it won't come off as you pull back. Then add tape to were your going to shoot the amo from (or not, its optional)

Step 4: There Ya Go

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There, you have it! My first instructible, you have made an offical instructibles paperclip bow and arrow!

Things to do:
Make a Trigger
Make A Crossbow
Make a Quiver


tysonJ724 (author)2016-11-08

I might post it all you need are the same materials but wrap the rubber band after it is placed on the bow around the string this makes it go farther.

tysonJ724 (author)2016-11-08

I also have an Idea like that except it works better

MandalorianMaker (author)2014-01-03

dont use a rubber band use a string to make it a real bow were the power comes from the paper clip icesphere makes a good one called mini steampunked bow

Stephenesterle (author)2013-06-09

Cool I like it

juaniskool (author)2008-04-25

how far does it shoot

Ichindar1271 (author)juaniskool2011-11-20

mine ws rubbish, so I am having another try

Drafski (author)2008-05-10

Great idea...but what should we use for ammo?

sanagol (author)Drafski2011-08-27

a pencil

bylerfamily (author)Drafski2009-01-26


no swear-man (author)bylerfamily2009-02-22

no another paper clip for the ammo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

mason0190 (author)no swear-man2010-07-22

either toothpicks or

sanagol (author)2011-08-27

its 10 pm my parent fell asleep on the sofa and i was shuging pepsi and reading this then i burped and woked everybody!!lol!XD

kwilson11 (author)2011-07-14

instead of a paper clip use a pencil and cut your rubber band and tape it on. it will then shoot like 10 feet

THECHINABOY (author)2010-05-26

I tried to make this but my paper clips were not big enough

azt3cman14 (author)2009-08-24

hey man this is the first instructable that ive made nd it is one of the easiest nd koolest things ive made

THECHINABOY (author)azt3cman142010-05-26

this is so cool to . it's a Helicopter. its so cool.

Teensy Doodles (author)2010-04-09

lol, at first i was like, a bow? How is that supposed to look like a bow? You know, the hair kind? hahaha...

MunkyMan (author)2007-11-22

Awsome skewers work better but then can kill i killed a ribbit with it

peach_fart (author)MunkyMan2008-09-07

what did you kill? a frog or a rabbit?

killerpope (author)peach_fart2010-03-27

 I think he ment rabbit but I dont know and i really dont want to know. But yea XD LOL all that :D

bounty1012 (author)peach_fart2010-03-06


Arbitror (author)peach_fart2008-12-09


sarcasm man (author)2009-12-27

how the heck do i shoot this thing????

austhuds (author)2009-04-11

how far does the thing shoot?

ian25 (author)2009-03-06

Simplicity is good for starting! A+

Shadowfury (author)2009-03-01

I like the simplicity, but it's not very sturdy. Try greater angles on the ends, so it doesn't collapse as easily. Good instructable, nonetheless. 4/5.

ninjaman (author)2007-03-31

That's really harsh. You're telling people not to post just because their ideas are too simple for you. I hope you never comment on any of my instructables

Rye2121 (author)ninjaman2008-09-07

what did he say?

peach_fart (author)Rye21212008-09-19

oh no he di int(snap snap snap)

Retroboy4 (author)2006-09-20

Sorry, I won't post any more instructibles.

lukeair45 (author)Retroboy42008-06-22

yes, you are going to post more. Because this one was awsome!!!!!!!

FrenchCrawler (author)Retroboy42006-09-20

No, don't say that. You can still post, but just get creative. Read what I said in your other post at the bottom.

AznPanda (author)2008-05-28


LINGLING (author)2008-05-11

i like it its simple. I'm gonna use a coat hanger twisted around it self so its double thickness and make a loop in the middle to shoot things through

anoah2 (author)2008-05-07

Hey RETRO awesome idea! Keep em comin. A little mod i did to it was i used a piece of Metal clotheshanger instead of a paperclip. worked great. A+

icedog515 (author)2008-02-16

chewie (author)2008-02-10

this is cool

Whitezombie (author)2007-11-20

i made a crossbow using a ruler and mauly!!

funwithfire325 (author)2007-08-02

hey retroboy you have a great fisrt instructable i liked it! ignore all of them there jealos

dark glow (author)funwithfire3252007-11-14

ya its cool but you should check out the pen bows

jakee117 (author)2007-11-02

dude just let you're ideas flow and share them with people you could make cool sculptures or something

pyrocreater (author)2007-09-27

use coffee stirers for arrows cut in half then u can shoot really far and hard

rocker9455 (author)2007-09-02

hi i really like your instructable (even though im not quite sure how to use it) dont listen to those pr*cks there just harsh keep on making instructables im sure you've got some really decent stuff to show all of us carry on the good work

taka21 (author)2007-06-29

dude be kind its his first instructable atleast he made somting that can shoot far can it shoot far?lol just be kind man first instructable but criticism is also good for you it help you make better weapons its true thats why some people like being criticize but dont all be mean to him his first

FrenchCrawler (author)2006-09-20

Ummm yeah, but we already have a similiar (actually almost exact) instructable on this and it was only posted like yesterday.....

Oh sure, his uses two paper clips, but I'm sure it's a lot sturdier.

That is all (at least for now).....

caddilac (author)FrenchCrawler2007-03-01

everyone- please dont be a jerk! Retroboy, this is a great and easy wepon. i will watch for some more of your instructables! keep them comming!

Retroboy4 (author)caddilac2007-04-07

Thank you for the supportive words!

ninjaman (author)2007-03-31

This is awesome!!! but I have a question...what does the bow shoot?

Retroboy4 (author)ninjaman2007-04-07

You can almost shoot anything thats tubular and round (Pencils, Straws small sticks ect!)

jalinx (author)2006-11-27

I think that all ideas; as dumb as they may seem, have a grat power to unleash the creativity for new ideas so keep posting projects

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