Introduction: Air-Zooka!

About: "To be forgotten is worse than death itself" DSKB

Shoots a ball of air at your target!

Step 1: Simple Stuff You Need

A 5 gallon bucket. 2 large rubber bands. A shower curtain (rubber or plastic). And the tools are just a black marker and a way to cut a hole.

Step 2: How to Ruin a Bucket

The center is already marked out just from the factory. I made 2 markings, one for a 4 inch circle and one for a 6 inch circle. I did both just in case the 4 inch wasn't big enough, and after I cut it out, I wouldn't have a center for a 6 inch hole. The 4 inch worked fine!

Step 3: Finish and Start to Annoy Loved Ones!

Your hole is cut out, now cut a square of the shower curtain and place it on the top of the bucket. Wrap a rubber band or any type of strap around the lip of the bucket and make sure it is tight. Pull the shower curtain tight across the top of the bucket.
It should now be like a bongo drum. Face the hole towards your target and give the shower curtain a good "thump". It will send a ball of air towards your target! Add smoke to make smoke rings, or just randomly scare people with it! Lol!
The shower curtain was about 3 bucks, the bucket I bought for 5 dollars and the bands I had sitting around. I am sure you could find the stuff sitting around as well. A small garbage can, any thick plastic sheet for the top...You get the idea.
About 5 to 10 minutes and you got a new prop for a haunt, or a way to play with pets and kids. Fun for all! Thank you and hope you enjoy yourselves!

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    1 year ago

    I chose vortex cannons or air-zookas as a high interest project to excite my students in designing 3D objects to be printed. Students researched the history and development of air cannons, how vortexes work, what is a torus, and air cannons as toys.
    Students are supplied a 3 gallon bucket, plastic sheeting, and tools. They must design a handle to hold the cannon that will mount to the bucket, a disk to connect the elastic to the diaphragm, and a handle to pull back the diaphragm. The designs are 3D printed. Students make an opening in the bottom of the bucket to allow the vortex to escape. Each student chooses a different size to find the optimal opening to knock down a target at the longest range.

    The class used this instructable and other resources to come up with ideas to design and build their own air-zooka.


    5 years ago on Introduction

    Very nice! I made one of these a few years ago, although slightly more complicated. This version looks much better and easier to make than mine!


    Reply 5 years ago

    Thank you! I saw other versions, but figured it could be simplified much more with stuff I had just sitting around.