How to Make a Cool Cardboard Crossbow




About: Eldest of five, son of two doctors, 10 years in Graphic Design and marketing, then retrained as a Biomedical Materials Engineer, don't ask me why, I think it was because I had always wanted to design artific...

This is a free cardboard version of a $50 crossbow, made from junk, designed to fire drinking straws. I designed and made this model myself, with my kids and we had great fun with it. You'll need a rubber band, a couple of wire coat hangers, a wine bottle cork, a couple of old ball point pen barrels and some corrugated cardboard. Free templates for the wood pattern can be found at dadcando, where there are a few other projects that you might be interested in.


Step 1: The Shape of the Crossbow

Download the template from Make a crossbow

Step 2: Cut Out Card and Stick Together

Using the templates, cut out the card and stick together, making sure to put the cork in with the trigger when you are half way though sticking the layers together.

Step 3: Use Wood Effect Paper Inkjet Printout

Use wood effect paper inkjet printout to make the crossbow look realistic. Sorry these instructions seem so lame, I made a printout of the full instructions with templates and wood effect area which you can get from Make a Crossbow as a pdf. However, you can also enlarge them up from these images here on Instructables and print them out from your web browser window. Enjoy...



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    35 Discussions


    5 years ago on Introduction

    Made this the other day and I got crossbows on the brain haha, and I found this site that gives pretty good reviews for anyone interested


    7 years ago on Introduction

    iv made the crossbow without the template and it still works well and i also added some extras on it like a longer rail and a cover on the rail to stop it from falling

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    7 years ago on Introduction



    7 years ago on Introduction

    Hey KaptinScarlet, could u pls make us a wooden samurai sword


    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    It used to be free, but I couldn't afford the server and general running costs so now I charge for individual project but it's only £0.95 each or £9.95 tyo belong for a year and get access to all the projects. The money I get in goes towards the costs of running it but they still don't cover them fully.

    I have to pay for the server and all the other costs of running it somehow, it was that or stop doing it. It's not exactly expensive though.

    I just signed up for dadcando. It's a great site! Today it wasn't there... what's going on? Will you be back soon?

    It's all back up and running now... phew that was a close one, a technical hitch between the domain name registrar and my server... boring, but all fixed now, sorry for the down time.

    Hi, thanks for emailing me here... I am so sorry I have no idea what is wrong. The email stopped working this morning and I sent in a support ticket and this evening the site goes off line. I have contacted the web server host and they are working on it at full speed. rest assured we will be back on line soon, hopefully in a few hours. sorry to mess you about, this is the first time this has happened to dadcando... boy I hope it's the last. Glad you like it BTW, great to have you as a member. thx Chris

    hey, it's really no issue, I'm glad you're on the look out for that kind of nasty practice. I put a lot of work into my projects and since i have started charging a small fee for them to help make ends meet and pay for my site upkeep, it has been depressing seeing my work copied wholesale by others and posted up on other sites, which has happened a few times. So thanks for the vigilance and happy making stuff!


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    Hey guys, It's mine. I drew it and I run and make everything on dadcando. I put this project here as my first instructable to see if I could get people interested in my other stuff. In those days I didn't understand about instructables . Then I got the bug and for some of my projects I made special instructables. That was when you didn't get pdfs at the end of the instructable. Now I keep doing new stuff on dadcando and if you like it you can pay a small fee to join for a year and get all the projects free or you can buy individual ones and for the ones that are on Instructables, look upon them as a bonus!

    Happy making

    Hi, these are my own pictures of the thing I made. and if you follow my instructions and use the templates that I have provided then yours will look like this (I'm a designer and I took these phots and used photoshop to drop the image onto a white background and put in the fake shadows. I designed it one weekend with my brother-in-lae helping with the trigger mechanism. One thing that could be betterin it is to use a ball point pen spring behind the trigger (inside the stock, so that the trigger automatically returns to the cocked position. If you have a look at my web site you'll see that I have made more stuff from junk on there. Are you going to make one, if so I'd love to see a photo.


    11 years ago on Introduction

    MY CROSSBOW IS 100 TIMES BETTER THEN YOUR CARDBOARD CROSSBOW AND paulm's crossbow is good but not as googd as mine i'll post a pic later