Water Balloon Catapult

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Introduction: Water Balloon Catapult

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Make a wicked cool catapult that shoots water balloons really well without them exploding right away! You can buy water balloon shooters in stores, but they never work well and explode the water balloon as soon as you let go.

Step 1: Gather Materials

You will need an old towel, or some sort of rag that you can cut up. You will also need a length of surgical tubing, exercise tubing will work here as well. Lastly, you will need two small scraps of wood and some duct tape. You will also need scissors to cut the rag.

Step 2: Cut the Pattern for the Rag

The rag will become the pocket for the water balloon. It should be cut in a big "+" pattern. So, make a big 14" by 14" (it doesn't need to be perfect) square and cut out 3" by 3" pieces from the corners. You will want two of the tabs to be able to fold over the wood, so plan accordingly.

Step 3: Put It Together

Lay a piece of wood on one of the tabs. Then fold the rag over the wood and wrap the duct tape around it so the wood is stuck inside. Repeat for the opposite side and the other piece of wood.

Next, lay out the surgical tubing so that it runs over one of the other two tabs. Then curve it 180 degrees so that it runs down the other side of the rag. Once again, tape the rag over the tubing. Make sure you don't actually tape the tubing so that the pocket can slide freely up and down the tubing. Tape all of the corners and seams to reinforce them. You can not have to much tape on this project.

Step 4: Try It Out

Fill up some water balloons. Then, tie the ends of the tubing (they should both be on the same side) to a tree, pole, or anything else that is secured to the ground. You could also have a friend hold the ends. Next, have a friend hold the other side of the catapult, if you have a sturdy object close by, then you can attach it to that. Otherwise, the friend will do fine.

Next, set the balloon in the pocket and pull back on the handles of the pocket. Pull back as far as you can and let go! The balloon should fly pretty far. For best results, shoot the balloon at a 45 degree angle. If done right, the balloon shouldn't break and should fly pretty far.

For a better pocket, you can sew all of the seams with a heavy-duty zig-zag pattern. That will hold better and be more waterproof than duct tape, but the duct tape is much easier and quicker.

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    76 Discussions

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    CreativeGeek
    CreativeGeek

    7 years ago on Introduction

    You could substitute water for paint, mud, paste, or any other type of goop as long as it's harmless as well.

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    zaro12345
    zaro12345

    Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

    you'd need like a whold TON of rubber bands

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    DaNerd11
    DaNerd11

    Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

    na, that prolly wouldnt work, unless you have reeaally good rubber bands theyre prolly gonna snap pretty fast, i made a slingshot about 6 ft tall that shot pebbles about 150 ft using rubber bands, they snapped after 50 uses or sumthing like that, so i dont suggest it.

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    jschap1
    jschap1

    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    I'll bet bike inner tubes would work well.

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    slimguy379
    slimguy379

    12 years ago on Step 1

    where do yo get surgical tubing?

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    the walking stick
    the walking stick

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    some ace hardware stores carry tubing like this. or medical supply stores may as well.

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    slimguy379
    slimguy379

    Reply 12 years ago on Step 1

    thank now i know what one to get it from, thanks

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    ShNitZulll
    ShNitZulll

    9 years ago on Step 4

    @backyardpyro217 that's because, assuming that they launched the balloon at less than the balloon's terminal velocity, the balloon would be going roughly the same speed at which it was launched when it landed.

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    dsmith1
    dsmith1

    9 years ago on Step 4

    Instead of the rag and duct tape pocket to hold the water balloon in, i used the top half of a coke bottle, and just roll the cut edge to stop the edge cutting the balloon and it strengthens the cup ring to attach the bungie cord to. Drill holes through the threaded end and thread a some cord through it to make a loop to pull back the balloon cup. These work awesome.

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    alex4646
    alex4646

    10 years ago on Introduction

    sorry to get technical on you but this is a slingshot, not exactly a catapult

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    adamnsmith
    adamnsmith

    9 years ago on Step 4

    can it shoot more than water balloons... like fire crackers?

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    backyardpyro217
    backyardpyro217

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    what about grenades and molotovs? MUAHAHAHAHAHAHA! i actually know a guy who made this with a few of his buddies, they were able to launch a water balloon about two blocks and still take out a window XD