Biceps and I went the home-made route for our gifts this year. The ladies were easy. But the men? We toiled over what to make for those jokers. With ages ranging from one to a sixty something, it’s difficult to make a gift they could all enjoy. But the Lord offered His wisdom to us, bringing us an epiphany.
What do all men love, no matter their age?
Weaponry. And the bigger, the better.
With that epiphany came the conclusion that our ‘Man Gift’ would be a Rubberband Gun. It was cheap, it was easy and most of all-we were able to do it together-so it was fun.
Here’s what you’ll need to make a Mayhem Inducing Rubberband Gun:
Foam core (or a like material to be used as the gun stencil)
Palm Sander and Medium Grit Sand Paper
Microfiber Cloth or lint free rag
Skill Saw or a Jig Saw (not pictured)
Scroll Saw (depending on the intricacy of the design)
You’ll also want:
5 Minute Epoxy
And, we added a few optional accessories that aren’t necessary, but are pretty stinkin’ cool:
For the strap:
Three feet of 1” canvas webbing (from the Army Surplus Store)
Two Drywall Screws and washers per gun to attach the strap
Name or initials:
Using the foam core, draw and cut out the stencil of the desired gun design. Trace the design onto the plywood. Cut the basic design out of the plywood using the jig saw or a skill saw.
If the design is intricate or has tight curves (heh heh), I recommend using a scroll saw for the finishing touches.
Once the design is cut from the plywood, sand the wood smooth with the palm sander.
Remove the dust with a lint free rag or a micro fiber cloth.
Apply the stain with the foamy brushes and let dry. I like to wear gloves, but you may like that dirty nail look that is virtually unremovable for weeks, even when you have an important meeting….
Once the stain is dry, cut in the paint with another foamy brush and let dry. Either paint or stain the clothespin during this process-depending on your preference.
If applicable, line up your guns while they are drying and revel in their glory. I know that’s what we did.
Disassemble the clothespin and apply 5 minute epoxy to the bottom side of the clothespin.
Glue the bottom side of the clothespin to the desired spot on the gun. We glued our clothespins 17” away from the release point. Brad nail the bottom side of the clothespin to the gun for added strength. Reassemble the clothespin once the epoxy is completely dry.
The next two steps-applying a name and adding a strap-are optional. We were making fourteen of these suckers, so we decided to put names on each gun in order to keep them straight within the family.
Tape the stencils to the gun using a quick release tape or blue painters tape. Mask off the rest of the gun to protect it from overspray. Spray the name with several light coats of spray paint.
The strap was made with a three foot piece of 1” canvas webbing. Use a washer to protect the screw from going completely through the strap.
Screw the strap into the desired spots on the gun.
Here is one of our many finished products. So stinkin’ cool.
And here is the small arsenal of gifts once completed, taking over our home.
Biceps insisted he test out each of the guns.
I was caught in the line of ‘friendly fire’ several times.
He protested his innocence. And he’s so dang cute, he’ll get away with almost anything.
Each recipient fully tested their new weapon. At my house. For hours. With exuberance and glee. I suppose it’s my fault. I had a part in making them.
Merry Christmas, boys. Merry Christmas.