Introduction: The Q-Pick Blowgun

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If you're like me, you always love making little gadgets and stuff out of trash or stuff around the house. Here is the Q-Pick Blowgun instructions! Strike fear into the hearts of your foe! Dont let it's size fool you, this blowgun can pierce cardboard and is made out of stuff you should find around the office or house. By making this you will learn how to use tools and measurments, basic stuff. Play safe and have fun, here's how to make it! :)

Step 1: The Materials You Need!

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For this project you will need:

3 Pens

4 Q-Tip Ear Swabs

8 Toothpicks

A Sports Drink or Milk Jug Lid

A Toothpaste or Lipbalm Cap

2 Paperclips

And (Of course!) DuckTape!



Hobby knife or blade

Needle nose pliers

Hot glue gun (optional)

Step 2: Pen Dissection!

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Time to take apart your pens! Remove the nose, ink cartridge and end cap, and discard everything except the pen tube. Repeat with the other two. Make sure the inside of the tube is smooth and nothing is in the way, as if you were to use it like a straw.

Step 3: Connecting the Tubes!

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Take the hollow tubes you took apart from your pens and line them up perfectly so that it is flush and smooth on the inside, basically making a long straw. Then wrap it all up with duck tape! Make sure it's steady and strong but dont use too much.

Step 4: Add the Paperclips!

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Now get out your needle nose pliers and twist the paperclips into a straight line. Line them up with your long tube at the intersecting points of your pens under the duct tape. The point of this is to reinforce and strengthen your pen housing so that it stays straight and doesn't bend. Add more duct tape over the paperclip attaching the paperclip to the tube.

Step 5: I Tip My Cap to You Sir!

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Take your sports drink cap and get out your hobby knife. Cut a hole in the middle slightly larger than the pen so that it may slide onto the pen but still be snug.

Step 6: Tiny Hole Carving

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Now make 8 tiny holes evenly spaced apart around the edges of the cap, just big enough for toothpicks to fit through, if they're a little big thats okay. 

Step 7: Time to Brush

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Take your toothpaste cap or lip balm lid and carve a hole in the middle big enough for the pen to snugly fit through. This step is very similar to that of the last steps.

Step 8: Its Ammo Time!

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Time to construct your blowgun ammo! Take your Q-tip and cut it in half. Take one of the halves and shove the toothpick into the hard end of the half swab. Then securely wrap in duck tape!

Step 9: Some Assembly Required

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Time to assemble! Take your lids and slide them onto the tube around 3 to 4 inches away from the end as shown. Optional, use a hot glue gun to secure in place.

Step 10: Finishing Touches

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Almost done! Take your ammo and push them into the blowgun dart holder as shown, that way you can have up to 8 ammo when you're playing with it! Then add some duct tape of your choice and customize it, I used some green stripes on mine :) Have fun and be safe, hope you enjoyed this ible! Please like if you want more and please be sure to vote for me in the contests! Have a great day!


the_boher made it! (author)2015-03-20

Super fun but for the darts I decided to use hot glue but other than that it's good for beginners

Ryantgarrison14 (author)2015-03-02

This was a pretty cool project but it hurts to get shot haha

NoahB4 made it! (author)2015-02-21


stark5836 (author)2014-07-04

I put two of the confetti launcher things from Fourth of July (when you pull the sting and confetti comes out) and now it is a blow dart/ confetti blaster!!! Thanks for the idea for te blow dart!!! Keep it up!!!

NoahB4 (author)stark58362015-02-21


zephyr14 (author)2014-01-15

How does it fire?? Ur probably thinking I'm a noob but I've got no idea :(

trans4mation (author)zephyr142014-01-15

No problem Zepher14! A basic blowgun has ammo inside the chamber called a blowdart, and the firing process involves putting your mouth on the end and blowing on it, thus building up pressure behind the projectile and launching it. I hope that explained it well!

zephyr14 (author)trans4mation2014-10-01

Thanks dude.

Joanjett7737 (author)2013-10-13

Wow, pretty gnarly! Hi! :-)

dude, u copied from the book mini weapons of mass destruction!!!

Well as you can see I gave the author his credit for the general construction, however if you view the instructable you will see its quite different. :-) Merry Christmas!

pumkinspice (author)2013-04-06

How far do the Q-tips fly?

trans4mation (author)pumkinspice2013-09-06

It depends on what size q-tip you use, mine can shoot across a room no problem-o!

lego lover 898 (author)2012-11-28

how far can it shoot

I'm not sure, I never tried measuring the distance. It goes pretty darn far!

trans4mation (author)2012-05-27

Indeed, I reccomend using the plastic q-tips because they are hollow. But, I'll tell you how I did it with a normal one. I simply took a thumbtack and pushed the sharp piece into the q-tip then removed it. Then just wedge the toothpick in the hole you made. Hope this helps man :)

yapoyo (author)trans4mation2012-05-28

My dad refuses to buy the plastic kind, and my q tips are totally rock solid, so now i officially give up on this project.

Lucky7x7 (author)yapoyo2013-03-03

dollar store will get you a large box 500+ of hollow plastic Q tips for $1

yapoyo (author)2012-05-27

this step is hard.

yapoyo (author)2012-05-26

this is cool, bu you copied from the book Mini Weapons of Mass Destruction 2. Just saying.

trans4mation (author)yapoyo2012-05-26

I have found many other ibles from that book on this website, and yes, if you look below, you can see I got this idea from that book, but mine is not entirely the same. Have a good day!

yapoyo (author)trans4mation2012-05-26

oh. looks like i didn't notice that comment. Looks like i am just a useless troll...

trans4mation (author)yapoyo2012-05-26

It's all good bro :)

MechanicalMashup (author)2012-05-24

Off topic but...

I see you used iMovie to edit your video. But I do not have that theme. Where did you get it from?

Well first off, it was the iMovie on my iPhone (I'm not sure if it's different much from on a computer), second, it was in the newest update of iMovie, and third, it was under the trailers option, not traditional movie of movie. Hope this helps! :)

Found it! you rock!

Tank Ewe

Thank you, you're welcome sir! Have a good day!

Adambowker98 (author)2012-05-24

At video editing software did you use for the intro vid?

Hello good sir :) I have a few different video editing softwares, but this specific one was from iMovie on my iphone, I figured it would be easy since I already had the video on my phone. Have a nice day!

Wow! I didn't realize iMovie could do that kind of stuff! Especially on the iPhone! Thanks!

Yeah it's pretty neat and handy for a phone, I reccomend it. No problem though bro, always happy to help! Have a good one!

CjThrasher (author)2012-05-24

Great instructions but this is the EXACT SAME model made in John Austin's Book; Mini Weapons of Mass Destruction 2.

P.S. if you buy the cheap plastic bendy Q-tips they are hollow inside and you can just slide in the toothpicks which is much easier.

trans4mation (author)CjThrasher2012-05-24

I have modified a few things on mine so it is not exactly the same, but I did get the main idea from him. I am a huge fan of his books :)

Adambowker98 (author)2012-05-24

At video editing software did you use for the intro vid?

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