Bow and Arrow!

Today I want to share a quick tutorial on how to make a play bow and arrow – for under $1! – – amazing, right?!?!

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You might have gotten a sneak peek of this project over at Trevor’s, aka Mr. Sugar Bee Crafts, blog :  So I Married a Craft Blogger.  (and if not, go check it out – his perspective is always funny).
But basically I came home and the kids were all in bed, and he showed me this picture – I thought wowza, he’s super dad!!

But of course, he didn’t do a tutorial or anything, so I tried to put something together for you after-the-fact.

You need to buy 10 ft 1/2 in gray plastic conduit.  You find it in the electrical department.  But anyways, he bought 2 pieces, and his grand total was $2.12.  Then on the way out, you’ll need some of the twine that’s free at the front of the store – normally used to tie down big things that you buy.  He made 6 bows with that – so $0.35 for each bow, plus supplies we had laying around.  Sweet.

So, take the pipe and cut it into the desired lengths.  The taller kids have longer bows and the shorter kids have shorter bows – just guestimate.

Then drill holes in the top and bottom of the pipe to attach the string.  Pull it tight a little to give the bow that curved look.  Here’s a close up of the holes:

For the arrows, he used some old bambo stick things that we used in our garden last year to hold up the plants.  He notched out the back of them to make a slot for the string, and he wrapped the front with duct tape to prevent any injuries.  He also used duct tape to make a feather-type thing near the back – probably helps the arrow fly straighter – here’s the up close pictures of that:

So you hook the arrow onto the string, like so:

 And then pull back, and let go:

 I have a super quick video for you, of the bow and arrow in action.  They work surprisingly well.  In the video, I loose the arrow in the sun, but it shoots clear across the street.  Here ya go – get excited!!

See, awesome, right?!?  They’ve been using them so much I had to whip up an arm guard so the string doesn’t scrape their arm up – hopefully I’ll have that tutorial up later this week….

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  1. says

    Trevor’s perspective is always funny!

    If Trevor very carefully drills a small hole in the center of the pvc and puts a bolt there, the arrow can rest against the bolt and it will help with how they hold the arrow in place an can eliminate some of the string rash that happens :)

  2. says

    Awesome idea, thanks for posting! I may be planning a party based on the movie Brave and so far all I know about it is that she shoots a bow and arrow- so these will be perfect for the party!

  3. says

    Coolest project. We’re trying to talk Mark into this one. The boys (and KARA) think this would be an awesome addition to their summer.

  4. says

    I cannot get the string to work? it stretches out, or the twine i got just breaks? ( i have tried: stretch cording, plastic craft lace, and brown sisal twine) … all are not working. I hope you get this our party is in 3 days!!! Help, what exactly do I need and where can I buyit?


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