Pocket Crossbow




About: I'm a college student who's favorite hobby is to learn everything about anything whenever I can. I'm a maker and tinkerer at heart, and I love modifying things and trying to change things (even when I have ...

This is my first Instructable so please leave constructive criticism and stuff like that so I can improve on future Instructables.

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In this Instructable I will show you how to make a small but effective crossbow that shoots harmless projectiles (or harmful, if you happen to be in a bad mood) approximately 15 feet. It is fairly easy to make and can be custimized to a persons likeing.

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Step 1: Supplies

Here are some things you will problably need:
- sandpaper
- rubberband
- 4-5 popsicle sticks
-1 tack
- paper clip
- glue
-1 paper clip
- pliers
if you would like to make the projectiles i did you will also need:
- straws
- play-dogh

Step 2: Lets Start!

I took a tack and poked a hole into two popsicle sticks aproxx. 3/4 of a cm from the edge. The first picture is a little blurry so look at the second and third. Do this to both sides of both popsicle sticks.

Step 3: Continued Building

Using your other two popsicle sticks, cut off an inch off each end. Save the ends for later. Then, glue the pieces you have just created together and sand off the edges.

Step 4: Recycling the Ends

Poke a hole into one of the ends you cut off. Using the tack above the midpoint. Be careful not to split the wood. This will be our trigger.

Step 5: Break the Paperclip

Unfold the first part of the paperclip and break it off. You may use pliers to help. Save the rest for later. Use this peice and stick it into the end we made before. Then continue to stick that end of the paperclip into the hole at the end of the popsicle stick we make first.

Step 6: The Beggining of the End

Glue the piece of wood where we cut off the edges onto the main body. make sure you glue it 2mm under the top of the main body, it should not be flush with the top. it should be glued away from the trigger but it should not cover the holes on the other side. Look at the pictures for a better understanding. Glue on the other popsicle stick with a hole punctured in the end and glue that on top of that as well. Bent the ends of the paper clip that are still sticking out

Step 7: Finishind It Up

Now, unfold the of the paper clip be broke a peice of and stick it through the holes on the other side of the crossbow that are unused. bend the ends of the paper clip up. it should now liik like picture two. Now, break the rubber band, and tie th3 ends of the rubber band onto the paper clip. You will problably not need the whole length of the rubber band. You should have a finished crossbow!

Step 8: Makeing the Projectiles

I needed something that shot far but did not do much damage to the target. Some materials i used to make it were straws, playdogh, and sissors. basically what i did was cut off 3 inches off each straw and stuffed one side of each straw with some play dogh.

Step 9: Finished

Your done!

To use it pull the rubber band back and hook it onto the handle. Hold on to the other side of the handle that protrudes under the crossbow, Let go to fire.

You may personalize your crossbow to your liking. i added a handle in the front using another popsicle stick to make it easier to fire and aim, but that made it harder to fit it into my pocket.

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    5 years ago

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    5 years ago

    dont use rubber bands use something like a rake tine I have a instuctable called SPC (sawblade pocket crossbow) feel free to check it out

    Tiny tree

    6 years ago

    Why not add fletchings and stabilization rail to increase accuracy


    9 years ago on Introduction

    im soooooo makin 1 o' these (when i get tha materials).also,i would like to see a c/bow that acually uses torsion to propell tha bolts. but nice job!


    1 reply

    I believe torsion is a twisting force? I have a torsion crossbow, but it's more like a ballista. Unless you meant tension, which I have posted here: https://www.instructables.com/id/Tension-pocket-crossbow-No-rubber-bands-or-cloth/
    It's not a guide, but it gives you a pretty good idea on the triggering mechanism. It'd be easy to recreate just by looking at the pictures. I'll have a guide up soon.

    the master...

    10 years ago on Introduction

    I Know this is your first Instructable but its not that good the item I'm shooting allays falls of and the power and range are bad pleas improve

    5 replies

    use a tighter rubber-band and use a small iron rod or large needle (filed down of course) instead of a paper clip


    8 years ago on Step 3

    They said to cut off an inch at each end so probably.


    8 years ago on Introduction

    the bullets don't fly straight...they kind of flip while in the air...


    8 years ago on Step 3

    all four ends of just 2 on step 3 that u cut off?


    9 years ago on Step 8

    A good alternative to play-doh is duct tape and a small piece of tissue paper, wadded up. What you do is put the wad of tissue on the duct tape and then tape it on the end where the play-doh goes. I haven't tested this out yet, but it might work if you don't have play-doh. :D


    9 years ago on Step 7

    why not use stiffer wire for your front bending part of your crossbow/ it would definitely last a lot longer