Find a sturdy, y-shaped piece of wood. You can make slingshots with forked
branch of just about any size, but piece about 6-9 inches long, with a fairly uniform thickness of 1-2 inches generally makes
a strong, easy-to-use slingshot. Try to find a piece with as few imperfections as possible; even moderate cracks can render
your slingshot dangerous or unusable. If there are knots or bumps you can cut or sand them off.
Peel off the bark. With the bark gone the slingshot will be more comfortable
to hold. You may need to let the branch dry a little before you can get the bark off.
Let the wood dry. This step isn't necessary, but if the wood is still green,
it's a good idea to let it slowly dry. This will give it more stability and strength.
Get a long, thick rubber band to form the firing mechanism. You can make a
stronger firing mechanism by using surgical tubing or several rubber bands wound around each other. You can experiment with
the length to find out what works best, but it is important that it be strong and thick.
Cut the rubber band in half. You now have a band for each side of the slingshot.
If you're using surgical tubing or multiple rubber bands, you can skip this step--just make sure that each band (each side
of the firing mechanism) is of equal length.
Get a rectangular piece of leather or strong cloth (several rectangles of
duct tape stuck together work, too). This will be your holder or "pocket." It should be nearly square (each side should be
about 2-4 inches), but a little longer one way than the other.
Cut two slits into the pocket. Use a knife to make an incision about 1/4 to
1/2 inch in from each edge. The slits should run parallel to the shorter edges of the pocket. Try to get them both an equal
distance from their respective edges. The slits should be just large enough for the rubber band to fit through without being
Slip one end of one of your rubber bands through the slit and fold it back
over itself so that it makes a little loop around the edge of the pocket. Secure the loop by putting a small, but sturdy rubber
band around. The smaller rubber band will probably have to be doubled or tripled around itself to make it tight enough. Repeat
this other rubber band on the other side of the pocket. Make sure the bands on both sides are still of equal length.
Use rubber bands or electrical tape to secure the other ends of the long rubber
bands to the slingshot body (the wood). You can also, if you wish, lash the rubber bands to the slingshot body Secure one
of the long rubber bands to the back of one branch of the "Y" and secure the other long rubber band to the back of the other
branch of the "Y". The rubber bands should be secured to the wood near the tips of the branches. Once again make sure the
bands are of equal length.
Shoot your slingshot. Use small rocks, rubber balls, and wadded-up pieces
of paper--just about any small projectile--as ammunition. Exercise caution when firing your slingshot, and wear eye protection.