To win friends and influence people, you can put together this folding crossbow made from Popsicle sticks. When you are stalking your prey, it can remain hidden in the folded position, but then transform into a skewer shooting dynamo at a moment's notice. Take a few minutes to put together this fun project and have some fun shooting at targets. Do not shoot at people or animals.
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Things you need
- Drill with drill bit
- Masking tape
- 2 one-inch nails (large head)
- Hot glue gun
- Wire cutters
- Wooden skewers
- Rubber band
- Wooden clothes pin
Drill skewer-sized holes (i.e., the same diameter as the skewers you have) in the Popsicle sticks. For two of the sticks, you want to drill holes in the middle and on one end. For one of the sticks, you want to drill a hole on one end. Take five sticks and drill holes on both ends. Cover the dill sites with masking tape if the sticks start splitting when you drill.
Take the one-hole stick and put a nail through the hole. Flip it so the nail head is on the bottom. Take a stick with holes in each end and put the other nail through one end and the other end over the nail sticking through the first stick. Opposite of the one-hole stick, put two Popsicle sticks with end and middle holes over the nail so the end holes are over the nail.
Put two of the sticks with holes in either end over the nail on the one-hole-stick side so the same end of each stick is over the nail. Take another stick with holes in either end and place it over both nails. Hold the crossbow together by the two sticks that are over both nails.
Glue the points of the nails to the stick on the point side. Add another stick across both nails then glue that in place as well. Snip off any excess nail with the wire cutters.
Cut two sections from a skewer that are 1/2-inch long. Use the back side of the skewer, not the pointy side. Lay the crossbow on the table with the nail heads pointing down. Locate the Popsicle sticks that are only across one nail and have holes in both ends. Glue the pieces of skewer into the empty holes on the ends of these sticks. The skewer pieces should be pointing up from the table.
Cut a small notch on the end of the two sticks with holes in the middle. Cut the rubber band so it is a straight piece of rubber and tie each end to the sticks at the notches. Put hot glue on the knots to secure them in place. Trim off any excess rubber from the knots.
Place the clothes pin jaws over the end of the one-hole stick that is opposite its hole. With the crossbow flipped so the nail heads are on the table, glue the top jaw of the clothes pin to the top of the one-hole stick. Don't get any glue on the bottom jaw or the bottom of the stick.
Unfold the sticks with the rubber bowstring and rotate the sticks with the skewers in them to line up with the holes in the bowstring sticks. Slide the skewer nubs into the bow-arm holes to secure the crossbow in firing position. Place a skewer's thick end on the rubber bowstring and pull it back to the clothes pin. Open the jaws of the pin and close them on the skewer and bowstring. When you're ready to fire, release the clothes pin.
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