Powerful Mini Crossbow

This is a very small but powerful miniature crossbow that can be used in classroom battles when the teachers aren't looking or just to shoot at people to see their reaction. Please do not leave any rude comments, criticism is okay and questions are accepted and replied to as soon as I can.

Step 1: Materials

1) Five Toothpicks
2) Two Paperclips
3) One Rubberband

Step 2: Tools

1) Pliers
2) Hot Glue Gun
3) Scissors or Sharp Knife
4) Scotch Tape

Step 3: Assembly

Hot glue two toothpicks together side by side. Next, next hot glue one toothpick horizontally to the bottom of the first two. Cut one toothpick in half and glue to the rear of the base and glue the other half to the front of the base like the picture. Cut one paperclip in half and bend into an "N" shape to act as the bolt guide. Hot glue this to the front of the base.

Step 4: Assembly (Continued)

Bend one paperclip into a trigger similar to the one in the picture. Hot glue the trigger piece to the end of the base. Cut a rubberband in half longways to make it thinner then cut to desired length (depending on how strong you want it to be). Hot glue the ends to the tips of the horizontal crossbar.

Step 5: Make the Bolts

Cut the tip off one end of a toothpick then tape the end with scotch tape like the picture. You can make as many as you like and you can fashion a quiver.

Step 6: Your Done

You know have a working crossbow.



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    39 Discussions


    4 years ago

    how do i fire it??? btw really cool


    6 years ago on Step 2

    help1 i don't have a glue gun. ( is there any other way to glue the thing cuz i keep trying to use any other alternativ) bzzz brrr... system mallfuncion


    8 years ago on Step 4

    i edited step 4 by putting a small bit of toothpick through the hole in the middle of the paperclip and glueing the toothpick (not the paperclip) to the end of the crossbow so the paperclip had something to pivot on.

    1 reply

    7 years ago on Step 5

    I just made tooth picks for arrows and made the bolt guide smaller instead. i thought the idea of tape on it was boring, plus it goes farther! :D


    Reply 8 years ago on Step 3

    thank you!!!!!!!

    i wouldn't of figured it out so thank you very much!!!


    Reply 8 years ago on Step 6

    I think he's wondering what you do with it. I imagine you can play it like paper football as long as you don't fling it in one's eye. It's more of a toy that shoot semi-sharp darts at someone to get their attention.


    9 years ago on Step 6

    can you like make the same thing and make it with more steps so we can actually now what to do seriosly like i made 2 instructibles but with like so much more description in them!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    2 replies

    This is a very well made instructable. It has instructions on it that are as clear as i can make them. Also i do not really care how many instructables you have made. You are looking at my instructables therefore the ones you have made a irrelevant.

    ok sorry but i dont wanna say any thing to big but a tl east somehow if possible make the pics a little clearer and yes i am wearing my glasses


    8 years ago on Step 5

    hey, thanks. Cool thingamajigger. :)