How to Build a Mini Catapult in 5 Minutes


Pardon the absence, but I’ve been horribly sick for the past two weeks, I had the plague. Alright, today I’m going to show you how to

make a couple different kinds of mini catapults–first, a small, simple little catapult that you can make with a bit of stuff (popsicle sticks, rubber bands, spoon, etc.) that you can find around the house or pick up at the grocery store, and then I’ll show you how to make a proper torsion catapult (the kind that they actually used in the middle ages–they didn’t

have rubber bands then, you know ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) that’ll require just a little bit of handiwork (cutting wood, drilling, etc.) but it’s still pretty easy to put together. Most of the tools and materials that you’ll need can be found around the home and/or office and are very inexpensive. Here we go.

How to make a desktop catapult out of popsicle sticks and rubber bands

First of all, here’s a list of what you’ll need:

  • 3 small binder clips (19mm)
  • 1 Plastic Spoon
  • 4 Wooden Clothespins
  • 9 Rubber Bands
  • 9 Popsicle Sticks
  • Tape (scotch, electric, whatever you’ve got should work fine)

Right, now that you’ve got all that stuff, here’s what to do:

Here’s the book that they refer to in that video if you’re amongst the majority of office workers and have nothing else better to do with most of your day :mrgreen: : Mini Weapons of Mass Destruction: Build Implements of Spitball Warfare. The 35 devices include catapults, slingshots, minibombs, darts, and combustion shooters.

How to build a mini torsion catapult

This one’s much nicer, plus it’s historically accurate since it’s a torsion catapult which is the type of design that was used for medieval catapults. A power drill isn’t required, but it is recommended. Here’s what to do:

Added Bonus: REALLY Simple Catapult Made from Office Supplies

Just saw this and thought I’d throw it in here for you guys who are browsing this at work and can’t be bother to go out and buy supplies but you’d still like to be able to harass your coworkers with some medieval weaponry–all you need is a binder clip, rubber band, pen, and a water/soda bottle cap:

Additional Resources and Further Reading

If you’re really into this sort of stuff and would like to learn how to make various potato guns and tennis ball mortars and such, check out a book called Backyard Ballistics, it’s got all that and more, very cool stuff.

If you’d be interested in building a much larger backyard catapult that you can use to launch tennis balls and full soda cans a couple hundred yards, then have a look at my article on how to build a French counterweight trebuchet.

You have got to check out the Catapult page over at, they’ve got all sorts of various homemade siege devices and information about this sort of stuff.

Here’s a really cool article over at on how to build an office supplies trebuchet.


  1. -Hi.
    You Need To Get A Life. Kayy? You Shouldn’t Be Calling People Names. That’s Called CYBER-BULLYING! && You Don’t Need To Be Saying Anything Like That. ๐Ÿ˜ˆ ๐Ÿ‘ฟ

  2. wow y r u saying boner (bottom of the page) โ“ and like Mrs. Independent it happens so get over it โ— Everyone knows what cyber bulling is and we dont need u to tell everyone k โ“ lol ok this video sucked! i mean they need to make it better!
    P.S. Cheyenne Meyer u dont put friends e-mail address’s out there on the internet! Ok not cool if i was ur friend and u did that to me i would beat the crap out of u ๐Ÿ˜ˆ :mrgreen: ๐Ÿ˜† ok so c ya loozersers

  3. woooow guys lets all be friends we all just want to make a catapult, we should all work together and make the best catapult EVER!!!!!! we are not loserss, we all just enjoy the activitie of catapult making. <3 <3 <3
    to regards to this….P.S. Cheyenne Meyer u dont put friends e-mail addressโ€™s out there on the internet! Ok not cool if i was ur friend and u did that to me i would beat the crap out of u ok so c ya loozersers
    that was extremmmly uncool. You should never dig now to the level of violance. So please lets all be friends have a nice day ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. let’s all be nice here guys! we’ve all come together in the similarity of loving to catapult things . i have to agree with iliketocatapult. you guys are all losers if all you talk about is fighting and beating the crap out of eachother and not talking about catapulting which is a very interesting topic. let’s all be friends <333333 friends are good <33333 ๐Ÿ˜€

  5. wish we could all get along like we used to in middle school… I wish I could bake a cake filled with rainbows and smiles and everyone would eat and be happy…

  6. guys i think we should all gang up on sLiNgShOtLuVeRrr.
    1. she can’t even spell right
    2. everyone knows this is a CATAPULT sight not a SLINGSHOT sight…SHE DOESN’T EVEN GO HERE!!!!

  7. STU IS AWESOME! POOOOOOPOOOO ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜ ๐Ÿ˜ก ๐Ÿ˜ˆ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ˜ฏ ๐Ÿ™ ๐Ÿ™„ ๐Ÿ˜› ๐Ÿ˜ณ ๐Ÿ˜ฎ :mrgreen: ๐Ÿ˜† ๐Ÿ’ก ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ‘ฟ ๐Ÿ˜ฅ ๐Ÿ˜Ž โžก ๐Ÿ˜• โ“ โ—

  8. gotta go poo,poo x2, and pee x3 !?!?!?!!?!?!?!?Mmmmmmmmmmmm…………………………………………………………………………………I thought soooooooooooooooo

  9. Ok you guys,

    I thought this would be a mature blog.
    Not one filled with children bickering over comments.
    To be honest, I’m 12, but yeah. You guys should just ignore the comments by people who you believe to be five year olds. To be honest, I don’t even know why I’m typing



  10. The video on the mini desktop catapult dosnt exist… My F in 8th grade science is gonna stay ๐Ÿ™