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If you have come looking to make TRULY dangerous toys for boys you are at the right spot! Or maybe you have finally succumbed to the constant whining about “needing” a bullwhip since the release of the new Indiana Jones movie. Either way, this easy homemade bullwhip is sure to contribute to hours of playing raiders of the lost ark.
Thank you to Wesley Scoggins Indy Mogul for the clever idea to use duct tape for this Indiana Jones-style bullwhip. The brown duct tape makes the bullwhip look real and it really is an easy diy whip that even your kids can help with.
How to make a duct tape bullwhip
- Brown “duck” tape (we found this at Wal-Mart) cut into 3- 12 foot lengths
- 10″ piece of 3/8″ wooden dowel rod
- a foot or so of twine for the “popper” if desired
Begin by placing two chairs 12 feet apart. Place three strips of tape between the chairs.
Fold each of the pieces of tape in half length ways-leave attached to the chair.
Leave tape hooked on one of the chairs and begin braiding. Braiding 12 feet of duct tape isn’t really pleasant but is certainly less painful than paying $50.00 plus for a bullwhip! We tried several methods: hanging it up high, laying it on the ground. We found it easiest to leave it attached to the chair and have another person help untangle the strips of duck tape as you braid. My eleven-year-old Harrison Ford wannabe was able to do most of the braiding.
Once you have reached the end take another piece of tape and wrap around the braid to fasten off.
Remove the other end from the chair and attach these ends of tape to the wooden dowel.
Begin wrapping the dowel with tape until you have completely covered the handle. When finished we took a small piece of tape and covered each end and then wrapped a small piece once again around the dowel to make it secure.
If you want to make the popper you tie it on like this, as it definitely adds to the authentic look of the Indiana Jones bullwhip..
Finished! How does it work?—–Probably not well enough to kill someone or allow you to hang from a tree (we’re trying though) but well enough to cause some damage to your house and possibly harm to a friend, so please be careful!
Hopefully, I have shown you how to make a whip in under 30 minutes. Although it took us a few tries, we definitely had a great afternoon together with lots of. laughing and brainstorming. I’m always amazed at how creative kids can be, especially when they want something as cool as an Indiana Jones whip!
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