Tuesday, August 5, 2014

DIY Paper Slingshot

Hi everyone!  Sorry for being MIA for about a week, but we finally did our cross country move.  Now we're calling California home.... and trying to tackle mountains of unpacked boxes.  Eeek!  Right now I'm taking a quick break and figured I'd upload a fun DIY toy post.  During our last week in Jersey, I kept wanting to craft something... but found it difficult given that everything had already been packed away.  So while we were playing outside with friends, I spotted this Y-shaped stick and thought it was the perfect for making a slingshot!

DIY Paper Slingshots!

homemade paper slingshots

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When I told hubby about my idea, he showed me how he used to make slingshots as a kid.  So I took his design and adapted it to the twig.  Now, I know that some of you consider this a weapon... but we made sure to set some ground rules and  only aim at objects and NOT at people.  

Materials Needed to Make DIY Paper Slingshots

  • Strong Y-shaped stick (or you could use your fingers.. see below for photo)
  • Rubber bands
  • Paper
  • Scissors 

Let's Make Paper Slingshots!

cut your pieces of paper

1.  Cut out rectangles from paper.  (I think my rectangles were about 1" x 2" or 2 1/2".)

fold your paper

2.  Then, it's time to fold them so that they can be shot in the air.   I simply folded them lengthwise first, and then again, and then folded them in half, and then in half again.

Once you've made one, it's super easy to make others!

fold paper pieces for slingshot

Homemade slingshot

3.  Then take your rubber band and wrap it around both ends of your slingshot.

To load the slingshot, wrap your folded paper around the middle of the rubber band.  (Your paper basically sandwiches both strands of the rubber band.  Your hands should be holding the two ends of your folded paper together.)  Then, pull back and let go!

How to shoot a homemade DIY paper slingshot

Here's what it looks like from the front! 

how to shoot a DIY paper slingshot

If you have a tough time finding a nice, strong Y-shaped stick, no worries.  You can also just use your fingers too as the slingshot.

how to shoot a DIY paper slingshot

how make a DIY paper slingshot

I definitely lived out my Katniss Everdeen fantasies while shooting these around the apartment.  :) So hopefully you'll have fun making these with your kids too.

And if you liked this craft, you make want to check out these other flying toy crafts too!

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Happy making!