This is a fun little toy slingshot you can make in just a few minutes.
When I was a kid, we made these out of used 35mm photo film canisters. Since film canisters have become quite scarce these days, this is an updated version that uses a piece of PVC instead.
You can discreetly turn many small items into high-velocity projectiles with this thing, like pencil erasers, airsoft BBs, and spit-soaked wads of paper.
Go ahead and make a few, and let me know what you think!
Step 1: Materials
- 1 inch of either 1" or 1 1/4" diameter PVC (I used 1 1/4")
- A party balloon
- Some tape (I used electrical tape)
Step 2: Sand the Edges of the PVC
I used a sanding attachment on my rotary tool to quickly knock down the sharp edges on the piece of PVC. This is not necessary, but it makes holding the PVC ring in your hand a bit more comfortable.
Step 3: Cut Balloon in Half
Cut the balloon in half, like in the photo. You could use scissors, of course--I just used my rotary cutter because it was handy and quick.
Step 4: Position Balloon in PVC
Set the PVC down and tuck the balloon piece into it so the balloon hangs out over the edge about half way down the PVC pipe.
Step 5: Tape Balloon in Place
Wrap a piece of tape around the PVC to hold the balloon in place. That's it!
Just drop a projectile into the bottom of the balloon through the PVC, pinch the item with your fingers, pull it back, aim, and let it go.
Just don't shoot anybody's eye out, okay?