Over the years we have made quite a few things using craft sticks, they are extremely useful craft supplies.  To go with our pirate theme for home schooling we made a craft stick crossbow to use in our imaginative play.  BB and I were shooting each other’s pirate ships, just in case you were wondering how crossbows fit into home schooling.

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To make your own craft stick crossbow you will need:

  • 4 craft sticks
  • 2 buttons
  • An elastic band
  • Straw
  • Hot glue gun
  • Scissors
  • Pens/paint (optional)
  • Q-tips

You can either paint the craft sticks or leave them plain.

craft stick crossbow

Glue the 2 of the craft sticks together to create one thicker stick.  Then repeat this step for the other 2 craft sticks.

craft stick crossbow

Put a blob of glue on one of the sticks and stick the other set across it to make a cross shape.

craft stick crossbow

Turn them over so that the “T-bar” is on the bottom.  Cut a length of straw and glue it to the body of the cross bow.  This part will hold the arrow in place.craft stick crossbow

Glue your 2 buttons to the “T-bar”, about 1cm in from the end.  Finally attach your rubber band.

To fire off the q-tips load them into the straw part and pull back on the rubber band.  They can really go far!  We managed to shoot ours to the other side of the room.  It does take some fiddling around to find the perfect way to hold it and let go of the rubber band.  We did find that the more pulled apart the cotton part becomes, the less likely it is to fire off.  We ended up by just cut off one end of the q-tip which solved our problem.

If you enjoyed making this craft stick crossbow be sure to check out my craft stick picture frames, marble drop, God’s eye craft, and abstract art using craft sticks.

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Make a craft stick crossbow that can shoot a q-tip across the room