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Colorful Catapult | Recycled Crafts

Colorful Catapult

Total Time Needed: 1 Hour

Made with a spring clothespin, this simple catapult lets kids take aim with paper balls that pose no threat to man or beast.


  • Block of wood
  • Paint (optional)
  • Hot glue
  • Clothespin
  • Jumbo craft stick
  • Plastic bottle cap
  • Paper plates
  • Markers
  • Paper


Colorful Catapult - Step 1

To make a launcher, start with a scrap block of wood (your child can paint it a colorful hue if he likes). Hot-glue a clothespin to the block, and a jumbo craft stick to the clothespin, as shown. Then glue a plastic bottle cap near the end of the craft stick, leaving a short lip for a release lever.

Create targets of varying point values using paper plates and markers, and crumple small pieces of paper into balls to hurl. Now aim for the highest score.