Popsicle Stick Crossbow




About: I hope to get my EE degree in the future and work for Boeing.

Ok here's my made up version of a crossbow. It's kinda like a bic pen crossbow on a larger scale. I used gorilla glue on all the joints of the body, but hot glue would probably work.

Step 1: Materials

Here's what you need:
7 Popsicle sticks
Pen tube (pen minus the writing part and end cap)
Chip clip or some other strong clip (not a clothes pin)
Gorilla glue or hot glue
Bamboo skewers for ammo

Step 2: Make the Body

Start by gluing a popsicle stick perpendicular to two others as shown in the first picture. Then glue another one down the middle of the two parallel sticks, like the picture. I used other popsicle sticks to support it. Then, just glue two more just like the front half of the body, but without the cross piece. Make a notch in each end of the cross piece.

Step 3: Add the Pen Tube and Clip

Glue the pen tube in the center of the front half of the body, this will guide the arrow as it goes out. Now just clip the clip onto the end of the whole thing and put some glue on it so it only opens to the top. Add the rubber band as shown wrapping it around the notches and onto the end of the pen. It is helpful to put a notch in the end of the pen so the rubber band doesn't slip off and to help load it.

Step 4: Load and Fire

Shove a bamboo skewer in the pen tube and center it on the rubber band so it stays. Push it all the way in, center it on the body, and clip it. It improves the flight and makes it easier to load if you add a little bit of electrical tape on the front of a skewer. Fire by just unclipping the arrow.



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    38 Discussions


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Actually a weapon consisting of a bow fixed crosswise on a wooden stock, with grooves on the stock to direct the projectile is a crossbow.

    My pocket crossbows fire harder than that thing.. And there's no rubber bands, and the firing mechanism is more solid.



    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    yeah i know it uses a rubberband but who cares it shoots really far its just for fun


    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    Well, it's kinda like a crossbow in that it uses a trigger-fire system. So technically, it's a trigger-operated crossbow-shaped slingshot.

    Coffee beanpaulm

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    your right but who cares. btw iv made five crossbow kinda like urs but more draw length(power) and a better trigger


    8 years ago on Introduction

    yours is a whole lot better than mine. HAHA. but something that you can do is cut a little notch at the bottom slitting the wood in two connected pecies and making the rubber band fit between the split and it improves strength by so much. Excuse me for my spelling. think of it like floss going in between your teeth, the floss your rubber band and the split between your two front teeth your bow and thats how you want your bow to be cut so the rubber band can go inbetween your wood split for maximum fire power.


    9 years ago on Step 2

    its dangerous when you shoot its back to you


    10 years ago on Introduction

    if you are an airsofter, and have more bb's in your house than you do bamboo skewers, then you could use the back part of a mechanical pencil (the long stick w/ the eraser at the end) as a ramrod, and then use that to fire bbs, just make sure that the pen is big enuff for bbs, and the rod doesnt fall out the back


    10 years ago on Step 2

    you could surround the entire thing in tape i.e. electircal


    hey Pamac93.your invention is great in power and speed!if your looking for something cheap visit my skewer death bow. it is as good or mabey better in both catogorys.I garuntee satisfacsion.souldn't break until about 2012. P.S.:this was my first instructable. P.P.S.:my instuctables will get better.


    10 years ago on Introduction

    i like your cross bow i maid one like yours it works good but i need to up grade the bolts i need more weight at the front... anyways i love your cross bow and so dose my mom... BYE