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Beano Makes… Things You Can Fire!

From crossbows to catapults, we've got your menacing arsenal covered!

The Ridiculous Recurve Bow

Tear through the air with this brilliant bow. Find the complete instructions on!

  • You will need - lollipop sticks, paperclips, tape, tack, rubber bands, scissors
  • Carefully cut 2 small notches in a lollipop stick with scissors, about 1 centimetre from the end
  • Repeat on another lollipop stick. Put these 2 sticks aside for now.
  • Bend 4 paperclips and attach to another lollipop stick with sticky tack
  • Now attach the other lollipop sticks (the ones with the notches cut in them) with more sticky tack
  • Stretch a rubber band between the 2 notches on the front. Loop it round if you need to make it tighter.
  • Stretch a second rubber band around the other end of the lollipop sticks
  • Finally, wrap a small strip of paper around the longer elastic band and secure with tape. This will hold your ammo!
  • Load up some ammo (cotton buds are best) then just pull back and fire!

Cobble together a crossbow

Fire away with this pencil crossbow – perfect for causing chaos. Check out the original video here.

  • You will need - tape, cotton buds, pencils, straw, rubber bands
  • Tie two pencils together at both ends with rubber bands
  • And tie the other two together as well, but only at one end
  • Tie the pencils together in a cross shape with more rubber bands, like this:
  • Cut a small piece of drinking straw off with scissors
  • Slip the piece of drinking straw underneath a rubber band. It should look like this:
  • Stretch a rubber band over the front two pencils and test it by pulling it back
  • Load your crossbow up with cotton buds...pull back...and fire!

Make a cracking marshmallow catapult

Aim your ammo out of this world, with this amazing catapult model. Look at the original instructions here.

  • You will need - skewers, rubber band, marshmallows, spoon, ammo
  • Stick each skewer between 2 marshmallows to make a triangle
  • Add 3 more skewers diagonally to create a pyramid
  • Add a marshmallow on top
  • Attach the spoon to a skewer using some sticky tape
  • Put the rubber band over the top of the pyramid
  • Stick the skewer (with the spoon) inside the rubber band, and poke it straight into the marshmallow at the base
  • Ready, aim, fire!

The perfect pencil catapult

Assemble another awesome catapult using these #SoBeano instructions!

  • You will need - pencils, rubber bands, spoon, ammo
  • Take three pencils and wrap them together using rubber bands
  • Use the other three pencils to make a frame, fixed with more rubber bands
  • Attach the spoon onto the thick side of the frame with (…you guessed it…) more rubber bands
  • Place your ammo in the spoon, pull back- making sure you don't aim at anybody's face - and fire!