How to make homemade rubber band powered toys

Updated February 21, 2017

Making your own toys can be a fun process, and creating your own rubber band-powered toys can be even more fun. Creating a rubber band powered toy requires understanding the ideas of wood working, designing and how to utilise a rubber band's power. You must create wheels, axles and a body for your toy. Commonly rubber band powered toys include cars, planes and other vehicles. However, the only limit is your imagination.

Use your paper and pencil to design your toy. This should include all parts, including moving parts and any section where your rubber band will be located. Rubber bands should be located in any spot on your toy that has motion, such as arms, legs or wheel axles.

Draw your designs on your wood using your pencil. Use a ruler to keep all of your lines straight and a tape measure to keep your measurements accurate.

Cut your toy pieces out of your wood using your saw. A jigsaw works well for precision work but the type of saw you use is entirely your choice. Stain your wood and let it dry to give it a darker tone.

Begin assembling your toy according to your plans. For example, a rubber band powered car should have a car body, two axles for wheels, four wheels and anything else you want to add to the car. A wooden action figure should have arms, legs, a body, a head and any other decorations, such as weapons. Use screws or wood glue depending on your project.

Measure the length of your rubber band and attach your rubber band to moving sections of the toy using screws. Shorter actions will require shorter rubber bands. For example, a car should have a long rubber band wrapped around the rear axle. When you turn the rear axle, the rubber band will constrict. Letting the car go on the ground will let it drive forward. Attach much shorter rubber bands to movable body parts on your action figures. Bending and releasing the body part will cause it to fly forward in a punch or kick.

Things You'll Need

  • Pencil
  • Paper
  • Wood
  • Saws
  • Screw driver
  • Screws
  • Wood glue
  • Rubber bands
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Eric Benac began writing professionally in 2001. After working as an editor at Alpena Community College in Michigan and receiving his Associate of Journalism, he received a Bachelor of Science in English and a Master of Arts in writing from Northern Michigan University in Marquette.