Office Supply Crossbow!

This is a weapon that can easily be made at work and is meant for firing at boxes or paper. Please read the caption on Step 6 for safety and rules when using.

Step 1:

Overlap the 4 pencils as shown in the picture!
     You will also need at least 2 tight rubber bands (I suggest 4 or 5 though.)

Step 2:

Rap the rubber bands around the 4 pencils. Making it look like a T. Tape the 2 pencils right before the erasers and also may want to tape the other 2 at the bottom (this allows for easy handling.)

Step 3:

Cut the rubber bands you have chosen for the "draw string" on the crossbow!

Step 4:

By placing the rubber bands in the pen caps the placing the pen caps over the pencils, it creates a snug fit and requires no tape or glue (this allows for easy changes in the rubber bands, so your crossbow isn't stuck with broken rubber bands on it!)

Step 5:

Tape down an office clip to the end of the main 2 pencils.
Also tape the inside of the clip (where mine is yellow) so it doesn't come up when "cocked."

Step 6:

He it is, thanks for viewing at take a look at my next Instructable "Mini Rocket Launcher!"



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    4 Discussions


    3 years ago

    I made a crossbow like this in school. I was in a engineering class and my teacher loved it... until i took the needle of a compass (the kind for making arcs and circles. Not one for navigation) and put that on my arrow. Someone in another class found it and ended up shooting a kid in the leg. The kid was fine. But my teacher had to confinscate it. I ended up making one at home and attached it to a small airsoft pistol so i could have a real trigger mechanism.


    5 years ago on Introduction

    If you have trouble getting the pen caps to hold the rubber bands you can use tape. Additionally anywhere that tape is listed to use, you can use a rubber band (including instead of the pen caps). We had much better luck getting the clip to say put using a rubber band.


    6 years ago on Introduction

    This is SUPER cool! I want to try this one. I actually think this should get more views! Can I offer a suggestion? If you change the title around and the first image I think you'll get a lot more views. As is, instructables shortens the ends of titles and you can't really tell what you're making out of office supplies so people will click on it less. I'd make the title something like "Make an AWESOME Cross Bow out of Common Office Supplies". If the first image was of the finished product, you could get a ton more views too. Love this one! Thanks for posting!


    6 years ago on Introduction

    Hey guys thanks for the views drop some comments below about what you want to see . . . it can be anything not just weapons. Would you like to see how to make a para cord bracelet? And remember to comment, rate, follow, and vote for my Instructables!