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Make a Mini Crossbow


This is a fun and powerful little project. It is a miniature hand-held crossbow that is rubber band powered. And it shoots straws.

You need a few basic supplies like pencils, straws, masking tape, a rubber band and popsicle sticks.

I also have a video tutorial for this project. It is at the bottom of this page.



The completed mini crossbow



The materials needed

Things you will need:

  • Scissors
  • Masking Tape
  • Glue
  • hobby knife (x-acto knife)
  • 6 and 1/4 popsicle sticks
  • 4 pencils (unsharpened)
  • Rubber band
  • Glue gun
  • Q-tips (not shown in pic)
  • Empty cereal box ( you only need a piece of it )


Mini crossbow

Can you make this mini crossbow? You sure can! Here is on made by Yanael! It came out great. My thanks go to him for sending in the picture!!!






Mini crossbow

And here is one made by Jen and Barb in PA.! They call it the Grape Ape!






There are four major components to the mini crossbow: The barrel, the handle, the crossbar and the trigger. I will take you through the steps to making them.

The Bow Assembly

tape four pencils

Take your four pencils and wrap them with masking tape. Just like the one you see in the picture. Trim any excess off the ends.






more tape

We are going to make the crossbar of this crossbow so take two pencils and wrap extra tape on each end as shown. These wraps are about 1 inch from the ends.



Tape two together

Now wrap those two pencils together like this. Leaving the ends open. The rubber band will go in those open slots on each end. You can put this assembly aside for now.





The Handle Assembly

The handle part 1

Take two popsicle sticks and lay them side by side like this. Then glue down two pieces of cereal box cardboard just as shown.











more handle

Now cut a popsicle stick into three parts and lay those parts on top just like shown. Those two at the top jut out half way over the sticks underneath. They are a tab. Glue them.











add cardboard

Now cut and glue two more pieces of cereal box cardboard just like this.











Finish the handle

Now put two more popsicle sticks right over the whole thing just as shown. And glue them down. These two are exactly over the first two on the bottom. Now you can see how those two small ones at the top form a tab that sticks out.










Side view of the handle

This picture shows the completed handle. You can see a gap goiing right down the middle and you can see how the tabs stick out.






NextLet's continue with the building



This is the video tutorial:



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