How to: Homemade Paintball Grenade

by Brenda Priddy
Homemade paintball grenades are useful to have in your paintball arsenal.

Homemade paintball grenades are useful to have in your paintball arsenal.

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Paintball grenades add an extra element of realism and excitement to any paintball battle. They are an ideal method to "wound" people hidden inside bunkers that are difficult to hit with traditional paint balls. The grenades use a high level of pressure that explodes when the grenade is thrown, splashing paint within a 4 foot or 5 foot radius. Use a paintball grenade as an ideal method for eliminating several opposing team members at once.

Items you will need

  • Small pot
  • Food coloring
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • Scissors
  • Latex tubing
  • Spray bottle
  • 1/2-inch PVC cuff link

Prepare the Paint

Step 1

Add water to the pot until it is half full. Bring the water to a simmer.

Step 2

Add 20 drops to 30 drops of food coloring to the water. Stir the coloring into the water.

Step 3

Add 1/4 cup cornstarch to the water. Continue to add cornstarch to the water in 1/4 cup increments until the mixture reaches a batter-like consistency. You don't want to add so much cornstarch that the mixture is solid, but it should be thick enough to stick onto clothing if thrown. Mix the cornstarch into the water until it is completely dissolved.

Step 4

Remove the mixture from the heat and allow to cool to room temperature.

Fill the Grenade

Step 1

Cut the tubing to a length of about 24 inches. Tie one end into a firm knot.

Step 2

Fill the spray bottle with the paint mixture. Place the end of the tubing that is not knotted over the nozzle of the spray bottle.

Step 3

Spray the paint mixture into the latex tube until it is filled. The mixture should start to form a bubble near the knot. Make the bubble about 6 inches to 8 inches long.

Step 4

Twist the tubing four or five times just above the top of the bubble. Fill a second chamber with paint, if desired. Twist the two ends of the tubing together. Twist a PVC cuff link over the ends to secure the paint in place. When you throw the grenade, the pressure from inside the tubing will explode the tie from the end and splatter the paint.

Tips & Warnings

  • Take care not to throw the grenades indoors.

Photo Credits

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