Flower gun

2013-12-06

Ok, the (admittedly a bit crazy) design of this toy was prompted by my 3 years old son who – not unusual for his gender and age – is somewhat fixated on guns. I am not exactly thrilled by his infatuation with guns, and I certainly don’t want to promote it.

So that made me think: A complete gun embargo would just increase the lure of the forbidden. What, then, should a gun look like which is completely harmless, possibly even peaceful? A hippie gun – a flower gun:

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And what can I say, this unlikely cross between a B movie space gun and a blunderbuss (the widening muzzle of which is supposed to facilitate front loading) was a full success: My kids loved it.

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Well, this gun is still fun even if you’re at the wrong end of the barrel:

 

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They pretend shoot each other with ‘daisies’, so much so that the gun is now called the ‘daisy gun’ in our household (although the muzzle looks nothing like a daisy blossom, but heck we are not botanists).

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I have no photo tutorial as of now, but the gun is relatively easy to build. I have labeled the flaps and corresponding edges with numbers, so it shouldn’t be too difficult to figure out which part goes where.

Here is the PDF template.

 

Comments

  1. Muhtasim Shams, Reply

    I just made this from the template but it seems to be missing the pink flower petals that are at the muzzle, could you check that? Thank you. :)

    1. admin, Reply

      Oh my, you are right. Sorry for that! I have uploaded a new template, you will find the petals on the third page.

  2. Julie, Reply

    What a great response to your son’s interests! Yes, it DOES look like a Yellow submarine toy. I think it’s adorable. Well done, Dad!

  3. Darren, Reply

    This looks like a fun item to make, the Flower-Gun. It looks like it came straight out of the classic Beatles movie “Yellow Submarine”.

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