The Teeny-Tiny Popsicle Stick Catapult
I have made a complete tutorial for this catapult. It is pretty easy to build and I suggest you go ahead and make yourself two of them so you can have a competitition with your friends.
Just for fun I made a video of me shooting off a projectile into a Lord of the Rings Mug.
If you have seen my other tutorial on making a Geodesic Catapult then you are familiar with the process of using popsicle sticks to make a catapult. There are a couple of small differences in this assembly. I cut the ends off of the popsicle sticks so they tape together stronger and I cut some sticks in half.
Here is a picture of the base of the catapult so you can get an idea of how the assembly started. From here you just buildl it up and use plenty of tape to make it stronger.
Make up your own games for this project
The fun thing about this little catapult is that you can make up your own little games and competititions. See who can shoot the furthers or see who can shoot the most accurate. You can make a little game with a time limit and see who can make the most mug shots in the time allotted. You can even set up little figurines of each persons army and then attack! Last figurine standing wins!
I have made a fun game with this catapult called "Storm The Castle -The Tiny Catapult Game -
Learn how to make this project on the project page The Catapult Game - Storm The Castle
Popsicle sticks have been a staple of easy and creative fun for as long as there have been popsicles. A little glue, paint or other things can really set the creative wheels in motion. Here is a book of more projects with craft sticks
Want to build a bigger, better, more powerful or fancier catapult? There are some great books available to you. These books, available at Amazon.com will help take your catapult building to new heights! Pun intended!
The Art of the Catapult: Build Greek Ballistae, Roman Onagers, English Trebuchets, and More Ancient Artillery - Nice book that shows you how to build ten different catapult projects, moderate wood working and pvc piping kind of stuff. Good book with complete instructions and materials lists.
Backyard Ballistics: Build Potato Cannons, Paper Match Rockets, Cincinnati Fire Kites, Tennis Ball Mortars, and More Dynamite Devices Want to get a little more creative? This book is off the hook!
These are the homemade machines that you've dreamed of building, from the high-voltage Night Lighter 36 spud gun to the Jam Jar Jet, the Marshmallow Shooter, and the Yagua Blowgun. Including detailed diagrams and supply lists, Gurstelle's simple, step-by-step instructions help workshop warriors at any skill level achieve impressively powerful results.
Sneaky Uses for Everyday Things: How to Turn a Penny into a Radio, Make a Flood Alarm with an Aspirin, Change Milk into Plastic, Extract Water and Electricity ... a TV with Your Ring, and Other Amazing Feats
Gonzo Gizmos: Projects & Devices to Channel Your Inner Geek - It's possible to use optics to roast a hot dog without electricity or a stove; to make a simple radio with just an iron, a few basic circuits and three shiny pennies; and to assemble a simple steam-powered boat with a plastic bottle, a candle, copper tubing and a nail. Of course, only die-hard science nerds would attempt these projects.
Kits and More Siege Engine Projects
Another Interesting Project: How to Build a Trebuchet
The Trebuchet was a unique siege engine of the middle ages. It was extraordinarily powerful and was easier for military engineers to build because it used gravity as the energy source. I also have a complete project on how to make the Little Dragon Trebuchet.
Amazon.com also has catapult kits you can build
Catapult Kit - The Goblin (Will's Catapult kit)
StormTheCastle.com has it's very own goblin catapult for sale on amazon.com You can check it out by rolling over the text or clicking to go to the amazon site.
Catapult Kit Lay Siege To The Doghouse! Right after you build your own working medieval catapult. All you'll need is glue, scissors and a steady hand to construct this wooden, Canadian-made siege engine kit. The finished catapult stands 6" tall x 5" wide x 10" long and will toss assorted stuff (meatballs?) 15 feet or further, depending upon the stuff. Comes with detailed instructions.
What good is a catapult if you don't have a castle to attack!
I have another project you might like. It is the Paper Castle and it has everything you could want in a castle making project including all the art work you can download. You just follow the instructions and make it yourself with some glue and cereal boxes. Build a Paper and Cardboard Castle It also has a learning sheet that helps to learn about castles when you are building it.
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