How to Build a Catapult

The first catapults were used to lay siege to fortressed towns and cities during ancient Roman times. If you are a fan of this ancient weapon, you can make your very own tabletop or scale model catapult with just ordinary household items.

Materials Needed

  • 3 10-12 inch wooden sticks
  • 8 5-6 inch sticks, two must be cut at a 45 degree angle
  • Screws or thumbtacks
  • Strong glue
  • Rubber band
  • 2 small hooks
  • Slim metal pole
  • Small basket or container

Steps to Build a Catapult

  1. Position one of the longer sticks on its side. Screw or glue one of the sticks cut at a 45 degree angle at the end. They should form a triangular shape.
  2. Connect one of the shorter sticks to the triangular figure. The end of the wood should be positioned squarely with the long straight wood so that the base can stand. The structure should form a letter “A” on its side.
  3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 to make the second side of the catapult.
  4. Connect the two sides by gluing and screwing the piece of shorter wood to the ends of the longer wood. Make sure that the 45 degree cut wood is positioned inside. Join the two 45 degree cut wood pieces by fastening a piece of wood on top of both wooden pieces. After that, screw the last piece of the shorter wood piece to connect the upright straight wood pieces.
  5. Make a hole about 3 inches from the end of the last piece of the long wooden pieces. The hole should be a bit bigger than the slim metal pole.
  6. Fasten one of the hooks to the opposite end of the long wooden piece.
  7. Glue the basket or container to the end of the wooden piece just before the hook.
  8. Attach the launcher of the catapult to the frame by inserting the metal pole in the hole located before the launcher.
  9. Connect the metal pole to the two upright wooden pieces or sticks.
  10. Attach another hook to the base and align it with the first hook.
  11. Tie the rubber base to the hook found on the base. Stretch it and then secure it to the other hook. You can now start launching objects with your new catapult.