How To: Make a miniature crossbow

Make a miniature crossbow

This is an awesome mini cross bow that will really shoot. You just need some tape, a rubber band and a pen and you'll be on your way to making this cool toy. It's not very difficult and can be done in just a few minutes.

Step 1. To begin making your own crossbow, boil water on the stove in a large pot. After the water starts to bubble, turn the heat down to low and insert the 2 skewer sticks. Let sit for 45 minutes.

Step 2. After 45 minutes, carefully take out the skewers and slowly bend both of them together into a crescent shape. If you have clamps, use those to keep the crescent shape until your sticks dry. If not, you can simply duct tape them onto a piece of cardboard while keeping their crescent shape. After dried, you have made your bow part of the crossbow. Make sure you duct tape each skewer together, one on top of the other. This can be done before or after they are dry.

Step 3. Duct tape the 4 square wooden chopsticks together as shown in the diagram.

Step 4. Cut a slot in the now taped set of chopsticks that is the same width as one of the skewers, just a few centimeters deep.

Step 5. Place the center of the skewers into the chopsticks.

Step 6. About 1/4" from both ends of the bent skewers, wrap a 1/2" piece of string around the skewers and hot glue the string so it sets into place. You can also use rubber cement to make your own crossbow.

Step 7. Measure a piece of string that is a straight line from either end of the skewers. Tie a loop onto both ends of the string. Place the loops over the glued piece of string wrapped around your skewers.

Step 8. Duct tape a clothes pin to the chopsticks so the alligator teeth are facing the bow. The clothes pin should be placed on the opposite end of the chopsticks. Duct tape it over the teeth, just enough to where you can still barely open the clothes pin.

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