How to Make a Dispenser in Minecraft

It’s been more than a decade since Minecraft entered its Beta phase, which saw tons of new additions to the game. That’s when we saw some revolutionary additions to the redstone-related blocks, like redstone repeaters and Dispensers. The latter is what we’ll be covering today. Let’s find out how to make a Dispenser in Minecraft!

What Is a Dispenser in Minecraft

Placing a Dispenser

Dispensers are considered by many as the perfect trap block. Upon activation, the block will dispense one of the items it’s storing. And while some entities are simply dropped, as they would with a dropper, others have some special features. Funnily enough, the Dispenser’s function makes it an incredible makeshift fridge once it’s paired up with an iron door.

Also, unlike other redstone-related blocks, Dispensers don’t emit a signal. They are, instead, activated by one. That’s why you’ll often get bombarded by arrows when you try to enter your friend’s secret base.

That said, let’s see how you can actually make a Dispenser in Minecraft.

How to Craft a Dispenser in Minecraft

Dispenser Crafting Recipe

Crafting a Dispenser in Minecraft is pretty straightforward. Its recipe is basically the same as the dropper’s, with the addition of a bow. You can take a look at it above, and you’ll need the following materials:

  • 7 Cobblestone
  • 1 Bow
  • 1 Redstone Dust

You can easily find all the items needed for a Dispenser within the first hour in a new Minecraft world. If you’re not the adventurous type and would rather not explore caves for strings to make a bow, you can get one from a Fletcher for 2 Emeralds.

With this in mind, let’s see how you can use your new Dispenser!

How to Use a Dispenser in Minecraft

From the early days of Minecraft, Dispensers have been used in base defense systems. Unlike droppers, Dispensers can shoot arrows, throw splash potions, ignite TNT, and much more. On top of this, they can help out immensely in automatic farms, as they can fertilize the crops with bone meal.

Apart from all this, dispensers are constantly updated with new features, like getting honeycomb and gathering honey from full hives, as well as shearing mooshrooms.


And that’s how easy it is to make a Dispenser in Minecraft. Whether you are an expert in using redstone or not, Dispensers can make your life much easier. Plus, everyone remembers their first fridge in Minecraft. When was the first time you made one using a Dispenser? Let us know over on the Minecraft Forum.