Blowgun Darts




Make a real blowgun from parts readily available in most homes!

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Step 1: WARNING!

This IS a weapon and it IS dangerous. The blowgun should never be pointed at another person, and be careful where you shoot it. I've had the darts ricochet back towards me several feet on occasion. Also, be careful of pricking your fingers, eyes, etc. while making the darts. Thanks.

Step 2: Materials

Pencils - Staples pencils are cheap
Pushpins - The ones with balls for heads
Yarn - I used red, any color will do
PVC Pipe - about 2 feet of 1/2 inch PVC

Step 3: Tools


Step 4: Step 1

Carefully (without destroying them) pull the metal parts off the pencils.

Step 5: Step 2

Cut the yarn into about 2 1/2 inch pieces. You will need 4 or 5 pieces per dart. The pencils can be thrown away, or sharpened on both ends to look cool.

Step 6: Step 3

Push the pins through the eraser from the metal end. Try to get them to come out as close to the center as possible. Only go in far enough to see the point on the other side.

Step 7: Step 4

One at a time, wrap 4 or 5 pieces of yarn around the pin. The method for wrapping is demonstrated on a pencil so you can see. When you've wrapped the yarn around the pin, push the pin the rest of the way through the eraser.

Step 8: Final Step (Optional)

Download ("") or draw a target, pin it to a piece of corkboard(bulletin board), and practice your aim.

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    154 Discussions


    11 years ago on Step 8

    Yo. Your blowgun, would work for approx. less than 3m due to the short length of the pipe, and yo dont even have a mouth piece??. The mouthpiece can improve the PVC pipe by making more pressure behind the darts only if ur darts dont have space in the back (cone) part. Yarn would be a bad idea, i tell u. Try film paper. Where is your tutorial about PVC pipes? Yo shud know that PVC pipe bend at the centre thus deflecting the target????

    5 replies

    Reply 10 years ago on Step 8

    I guess that the maker used a fairly skinny pipe due to the width of the dart, but it would not be hard to put another layer of yarn around the outside. And for a general target-and-fun thing, you don't need specific shaped paper cone, and paper crumples. Also, due to the thickness of the pipe, the PVC pipe would not bend much.


    Reply 7 years ago on Step 8

    if you want, instead of yarn just stick the pin through the middle of a flat cotton round, fold it a bit as it goes in so it's even and BAM, instant cotton cone flight.


    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    i have a pvc blowgun about 2 feet long and it shoots up to ten feet. my five foot blowgun will shoot up to one hundred feet or more ( depending on how much lung capacity you have ) i can get it to go about 70 feet.


    9 years ago on Step 7

    these darts are really good for shooting around the house but they are very light weight and don't get good distance.


    12 years ago on Step 7

    Hey, can you tell me what I fire these through. Oh, and can you also tell me where I can find a good yet easy DIY Crossbow. I need to find a design for Design class at school. Don't worry, the teacher said I could make one.

    3 replies

    Reply 10 years ago on Step 7

    My friend and I just used two pieces of wood about a foot long each, stuck them together in a T shape and used large rubber bands as the elastic. It's not too hard, instead of looking for some one else's, just draw a cross bow on a piece of paper, simplify it and make it out of wood.


    Reply 10 years ago on Step 7

    yeah, i do the same thing, but with a clothes pin to hold the the arrow like the real ones.


    10 years ago on Introduction

    but see, for about ten times less money and work you could make a good strong and accurate bow and arrow


    Reply 10 years ago on Step 8

    My appologies. I'd expected this instructable to contain instructions on how to make a blowgun. The instructable was useful.

    the "wow shammy"casvandegoor

    Reply 10 years ago on Step 8

    all you need to make a blowgun is a length of 1/2 in pvc a 1/2 in threaded female adapter and a threaded to smooth male adapter. stick the female on the pipe (cut it first) load the dart, then screw the male adapter in and blow. hope this helps ya'!