Introduction: Paper Crossbow

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This is my first instructable, so if it sucks, go cry somewhere that won't develop a water spot. Just kidding!
This is really simple and super cheap.

Step 1: Supplies

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all you need:

bamboo skewers
plastic bendy straw
tape or glue

Sorry for the bad pictures. My camera is crazy.

Step 2: Roll and Tape

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roll and tape the paper tightly. then cut off the bendy tip of the straw. tape the straw on the paper, then stick a skewer in the paper. then stick a skewer THROUGH the front of the paper.

Step 3: Last Step

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the final step is to add a rubber band to the front skewer. the rubber band should be about 4 to 6 inches long. if not just make sure you can pull it back about 5 inches behind the straw. place another skewer in the straw to where about 5 inches stick out the back. YOU HAVE TO GET THE RUBBER BAND EXACTLY ON THE BACK OF THE SKEWER TO MAKE IT FIRE. fire it like a sling shot. it may take practice but you'll get it. BE CAREFUL, believe it or not, it WILL pierce the skin and/or put a hole in the wall.



bylerfamily (author)2009-01-10

What is mythbusters.

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Capt. Kidd (author)bylerfamily2009-07-15


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Capt. Fat (author)bylerfamily2009-01-30

Myth busters is a tv show on discovery channel. It involves trying to bust certain myths like the rocket car, canadians flying to the united states illegally in giant catapults.etc. its wicked. Also they did the paper cross bow(a bigger one than above).

nutsandbolts_64 (author)2010-06-06

It's time to advertise!!! Although I have to admit I need to step things up a notch. And even more to the power level of this one (I admit this is better than my last ones). 4 *'s

Totti11 (author)2010-05-13

 i dont think it is good

kidding it is so cool

-KungPow- (author)2010-02-25

 i made this one last night just slightly different. i had two straws ontop of each other and i taped it then put a skewer through one of them and attach a rubber band. OMG it works great! thank you!

blard (author)2009-05-06

awsome nic pichture

9.6 Volts (author)blard2009-06-12

extremely similar to this.

Sittingduck14 (author)2008-12-01

umm... they said "don't try this at home". geez you guys. way to go it safe.

musicman386 (author)2007-07-19

since this instructable is mythbuster related... Whats everyones favorite mythtacular episode? even though that is kinda a tough question... i have to say that mine is the one where Adam and Jamie see who is the best mythbuster via spiders, snake, paintballs, etc.

gibsonlp96 (author)musicman3862008-05-23

that's a trick question... there is NO SUCH THING as the BEST MythBusters episode

dnsd99 (author)gibsonlp962008-10-13

gibsons right they are all really good there is no question about it unless ur a morron

Cerranuss (author)musicman3862008-08-08

yeah. me too jamie kept hitting adam in the same place!! but then agan i liked the brown note episode

gotja (author)musicman3862007-09-18

lol he had 3 bely buttons hmm thats not a great paper cross bow i acutaly made one that was about the speed of adams and it was all paper (exept ofchours teh elastic/ rubber band some plastic like he used

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gibsonlp96 (author)b-dog1322008-07-13

if it is so booooring, then why did you look at the instructable, he did a great job

FreshPineSent (author)gibsonlp962008-07-28

How the hell was he supposed to know if it was boring without looking at it?

danny123456 (author)2008-07-15

booooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooring ***********************************************

joemonkey (author)2007-07-29

musicman, would u mind if i modded this to make a new, mor powerful crossbow? im thinkin a lot of rubberbands, a pistol-grip and a trigger system! and ill color it in stealth black!

ye i saw it too

gov31 (author)2007-11-28

I made it but the rubber band had to be replace by a string

Brandon123 (author)2007-08-21

WHAT EPISODE? IS it on mythbusters?

aaronb525 (author)2007-06-09

I also saw this on mythbusters (good idea adam and jamie)

kid123 (author)2007-06-09

I saw that yesterday.GO MYTHBUSTERS

Mr. Chips (author)2007-05-04

yeah I saw that episode. I love that show. i made my own paper cross bow at home.

matt_the_awsome (author)2007-04-17

mine shot petty good.a idea maybe useful:you dont have to use a bendy straw just get a regular one.:-)

azn1stknightsoul (author)2006-11-04

They did something similar to this on Mythbusters. Needless to say, it seemed a lot sturdier than yours. No offense intended.

It the one where they were showing how the prisoners were able to make weapons in their cells using only the supplies that the guards have to give to them (at least until they make weapons out of them)...

Kaiven (author)FrenchCrawler2007-03-08

yeah... out of newspaper

casvandegoor (author)Kaiven2007-03-18

If they had two pens, they could make one out of it: simple pen cross-bow

(not really to kill someone, but funny to make)

pooboy (author)azn1stknightsoul2007-03-06

how come i've never seen that episode

spartin117 (author)2007-02-28

whats with you and chop sticks no offens or anything just wondering

projectile fanatic (author)2006-12-30

hey guys i have also made a crossbow instructable, and im pretty sure that thi one is cool even though ive not made it myself, if you ever want to try mine out type in cross bow and look for the one made by projectle fanati, like c ya L8r mates

I made this, but improvised: I used a BIC mecanical pencil and made one of those simple pen guns but got a stick and placed it in a cross so it works alot better, and it doesn't bend in the middle if the rubberband misses :)

gunmanx (author)2006-12-19

wow this looks like lots of fun.. in till it breaks lol jkjk

disco diva (author)2006-12-15

i modafied mign so it can shoot up to 50 feet

Bad Donut (author)2006-11-25

pretty kewl for a first instructable.

musicman386 (author)2006-11-14

yes i saw that episode, but this is sturdier and does fire pretty well. It's not supposed to be great. I literally spent like 2 dollars on this. PLUS I can make one in about 2 or 3 minutes.

Scott The Pyro (author)2006-11-04

I was watching that episode today! On mythbusters the base was made of newspaper instead of wood.

theRIAA (author)2006-11-04

oh emm gee, thhh'ats scho' koohl, not

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