Foam firecracker slingshot

My sons fun grandma is visiting from out of state and brought them the cutest toys to shoot around that I’ve never seen before, a foam slingshot. My 3 year old especially loves it and when his cousins saw it, requested we make them some, too! We styled ours in a 4th of July theme and a set of foam firecracker slingshots were created:

Not only is this toy slingshot super fun to make but it was also cheap! You just need a few supplies to create your own: 1 foam tube (pipe insulator, found at most home improvement stores: makes 3 slingshots- cut between 6-8″,) 2 plastic zip ties per slingshot, 1 rubber band per slingshot, ribbon, bakers twine and/or yarn (20″ of 3-4 different colors) and red/white/blue acrylic paint.

DIY foam firecracker slingshot

  1. Paint the black foam tubes red, white or blue: 3 coats will cover the black. Optional: paint pattern at this point as well.
  2. Cut ribbon.
  3. Fold ribbon in half and tie onto 1 full size zip tie.
  4. Attach rubber band to zie tie.
  5. Foam tubes are pre-cut so easily insert rubber band/zip tie/ribbon into the tube, with rubber band poking out from one side and ribbon hanging out the other.
  6. Use 2nd zip tie and secure. Pull TIGHT until it will not click anymore. Trim excessive zip tie.

Foam firecracker slingshot #kidscraft

That’s it! Get your fingers ready for a firecracker slingshot war now!

Foam firecracker slingshot toy

This was a fun craft to make with Kelli’s littles and they sure enjoyed posing for the pictures, aka: testing out their slingshots (;

Foam firecracker slingshot toy

Keep in mind the paint will come off with water so steer clear of water parties IF you paint the outside. They are also super cute with black foam + camo yarn colors (as what my boys received) and those are water party ready! (;
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  1. I need some help with the directions. How do you put the rubber band, zip tie and ribbon together? is the rubber band on the inside super big? I think my kids would love to make this!!

  2. I bet pool noodles would work as well and wouldn’t require painting if you find the color you want.

    1. Hi Colleen! I bet pool noodles would work great, too! They’ll be a little fatter but for sure there’s a better color selection (: Have fun creating! xo

  3. These are super cute!!! My family would have a blast with these!! Love it!! Thanks for the awesome idea!!

    1. I’m sure you could if they’re smaller. Otherwise they’d be giant which would be fun too!

  4. I love this creative craft to do with my youngest! In fact, he was just asking to buy a sling shot at the local gas station…yes, we live in the country! But, now we can make one! Love it!

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