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An easy DIY toy that jump anywhere from 1-10 feet (higher?). Not ideal for kids, unless they like being pirates.

Thanks for the votes in the Klutz competition, although it does seem like a gimmick for a dieing company who needed more ideas....oh well!

This project may be an eye hazard, so keep your child under close supervision, unless they are into eye patches..

Everyone likes comments,so keep them coming!

 
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Step 1:

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Materials:
1 straw
tape ( I used duct tape)
1 skewer
1 rubberband

You also need some scissors

Step 2:

Cut the straw to about a 5 inch piece. Cut the rubberband and tape it to the bottom of the straw so that the rubberband stays on the top of the straw and doesnt fall off, but not too tight. Also, put a atran of tape aroud the top of the straw to keep it from splitting.

Step 3:

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Now get the skewer. First cut off the tip (safety first). If you are under the age of 10, then you should ask a parent to cut it for you. Cut the skewer so that if you slide it in the straw, about 3-4 inches of skewer will still be sticking out.

Step 4:

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Slide the cut skewer into the straw and tape the top of the rubberband to the top of the skewer.

Step 5:

Finished! Now have fun launching them. To launch, put the skewer on the ground and pull down the straw. When you let go, the fun jumper should go flying into the air. You can even tape a paper airplane to it or you can launch it from your hand! You can modify it to jump higher also. The length of the skewer, length of the straw, and tightness of the rubberband effect how high it jumps. Just be careful and don't launch it towards anyones eyes.
gizmokid972 years ago
Really cool stuff!!! I love simple mechanism toys which get their energy from nothing but just a rubber band..... keep it up,dude!!!!!!!!
slimmsammy4 years ago
 what the heck is this crap
you drop it on the floor and it bounces remember he said it was for KIDS.
actually your supposed to hold it on the floor, pull it down, and let it go. :-)
NE patsrock3 years ago
not
Delo973 years ago
I made one some time ago... I used a empty pen and a "fatty" rubberband....it flew over a 3-floor building... I think it may have killed someone if I wasn't so lucky that it simply broken into concrete...
The Y Delo973 years ago
omg so that was you!!!
that did realy hurt....
Delo97 The Y3 years ago
Hhhhmmmm,
1.That would have killed you;
2.Where do you live?
The Y Delo973 years ago
holland :$
eneergcam (author)  Delo973 years ago
haha, thats intimidating..
glugnar3 years ago
Love it :D. This shoots about 10 feet (but I'm about to go into a room with a bigger ceiling, that should take off the barrier lol)
Great job.

*_>*Glugnar*<_*
glugnar glugnar3 years ago
Aww, never mind, I would have to add a stronger band and i don't feel like it yet, anyway great 'ible, keep up the good work :D.

*_>*Glugnar*<_*
4te4 years ago
it is not safe! so its absulutly not for kids! unless you want your kid's eye injured
kenzi50198 4te3 years ago
they did warn so its not like they didn't warn you
sdtacoma 4te3 years ago
"You'll shoot your eye out."
eneergcam (author)  4te4 years ago
I know I know, i put a warning, but since it was in a contest, it wont delete
yoshi13 years ago
WOW!!! These are awesome!
And if you don't think they are safe wear goggles.
bhumphreys3 years ago
nice
55338885 years ago
That is so cool! Is this your first instructible?
eneergcam (author)  55338885 years ago
yep!
the cheat!?!?!?!
eneergcam (author)  mr.noris4 years ago
Good eye chuck
This is really detailed and thourough for your first instructable. BTW, Great idea!!!
eneergcam (author)  Saturn V4 years ago
thank you! i guess its pretty cool since the supplies aren't hard to find (unlike every other instructable, haha)
not all instructables have hard to find materials (just look at the paper airplanes!)
nikeman764 years ago
its wicked easy to make... very common household objects... fun... not a lot of time to make it!
eneergcam (author)  nikeman764 years ago
i believe wicked is spelled with a y...."wycked" haha just kidding, but it is on Carl's car on ATHF! and i know, right?
JMR964 years ago
Hey, great idea. So right when i saw this i put it to the test. I got a BIC pen, took out the inc holder thing so it was just the tube instead of the straw, and then followed all the steps. I showed my dad this great idea and he told me to add wings to it. So i got two buissness cards, folded them to a triangular shape and then taped them on.
eneergcam (author)  JMR964 years ago
haha, thank you! and i never really though about doing that, cool, i never really did much with these, im glad you are though!
Earths_hope4 years ago
fire em off a wall at an angle! exellent instructable!
eneergcam (author)  Earths_hope4 years ago
 haha, thanks!
muffinmann4 years ago
 wow

eneergcam (author)  muffinmann4 years ago
 is this good or bad?
 great

eneergcam (author)  muffinmann4 years ago
 yay!

jose1ca4 years ago
this is awsome how did you think of it eneergcam?
eneergcam (author)  jose1ca4 years ago
 actually, i just got a bunch of stuff out, and came up with this! haha, im watching School For Scoundrels.
kinda stupid but still cool! :D
eneergcam (author)  MrMadmonkey44 years ago
 yeah, i didnt know that anyone one would like it! pretty dang useless!
jack penny4 years ago
 awesome!!!!!
wbrm774 years ago
thats awesome :-D i started firing mine at a target
danleano4 years ago
cool!
Colonel884 years ago
Coolio


lol noone says that anymore.
or groovy
sharlston5 years ago
nice ible its really cool and well written :)
eneergcam (author)  sharlston5 years ago
thanks, it was my first one.
nice for your first one
i remember when i went into my school auditorium, there was a lobby with a high ceiling. There were about 15 or 20 pencils stuck in it. this could help with getting those pencils there! lol
thats nothing my schools atrium ( if i spelled that rite) has a super high cieling that was like classroom one with the lil holes or watever and there was like a 10x10 ft area covered with pencils it was sick one time one fell and hit me eraser side tho thank god
Like they say, "it's all fun until someone loses an eye!"
You'll shoot youre eye kid. Ho Ho HO!
Lol I love The Christmas Story
=P
Its all fun and games until someone loses an eye, then its a sport.
or, it's all fun and games until someone loses an eye, and then the game is find the eye
its all fun and games until someone loses an eye, and then its hilarious
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not if it was your boss, a relative or your girlfriend
lol thats hilarious
ege2075 years ago
awsome=)!!!!!!!!!!!!
Soodime5 years ago
I made these in class, and i shot it off my desk and it hit the ceiling, but never came down, it made a hole in the ceiling and stuck in! cuz you you know how most classrooms have those foam ceilings? yeah, i got detention. but it was worth it, it was sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo funny!
SPYBOOM5 years ago
This cool gadget also works wonderfully well as a type of pinball launcher using marbles and high-bouncing balls. We have been using it to play our own variations of mini pool. Optionally, a small variation is to put a thumbtack on the end of the skewer (mostly for aesthetic reasons). Thanks, eneergcam!!!
eneergcam (author)  SPYBOOM5 years ago
no prob.
Ian11045 years ago
hahaha cool dude. i have like a thousand skewers cuz i make rockets!!
jg1231235 years ago
I love this Instructable . I had no skewers at the time so I used a chop stick. I had to whittle it down a little but it still worked fine
Smart: chop-sticks have flat edges, so no cutting required. Restaurants--notably fast-food joints--often have larger sized straws: they want you to consume high-profit drinks more quickly. Those straws might likely be a better diameter for chop-sticks.
mistici5 years ago
This is a hazard -- better let the world to know it is dangerous -post a warning. thanks otherwise . EYEDoc.
SPYBOOM mistici5 years ago
We highly recommend Instructables Soda-Bottle Safety Goggles: http://www.instructables.com/id/Soda-Bottle-Safety-Goggles./
JellyWoo5 years ago
Very nice.
potmom5 years ago
it is awesome
eneergcam (author) 5 years ago
im am trying to take over the world noe eyeball at a time!
no need to take over the world all u need is to be normal not crazy p.s no effence at alll
blazr_raidr5 years ago
i can just imagine this as a product... Eye Cleaner An easy way to remove your eye. (if symptoms occur, please replace eyeball)
bylerfamily5 years ago
I voted!
eneergcam (author)  bylerfamily5 years ago
thank you
bobhill1255 years ago
this doesnt work
eneergcam (author)  bobhill1255 years ago
what do you mean? you can make one with a shorter straw and loner skewer jump higher.
Emsaid5 years ago
i like the sounds of them hitting the cieling
lawizeg5 years ago
Damn, i thought these were re-usable breadboard jumpers. Still a good idea.
karossii5 years ago
you uploaded the video as private - try fixing that please.
eneergcam (author)  karossii5 years ago
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eneergcam (author)  eneergcam5 years ago
does video work now? (please comment)
yep works now
C chord Trinity5 years ago
U can make those out of pens
the dragon warriors will use this weapon in war with the lergons
bylerfamily5 years ago
Cool!
Nice simple concept, easy to make, and easy-to-obtain materials. Awesome job!
crait5 years ago
This is soooo cool!!!!! Thanks!
JZ Price5 years ago
you will shoot your eye out
maruawe5 years ago
your on your way to be an engineer , keep thinking and doing things that will test your brain.......good luck