I guess this is a bit perverse for a Valentine's Day project, but I'm sure some of you have had similar desires to pop a few heart-shaped balloons.
(I didn't actually pop them.)
I grew up in urban/suburban areas, and never had much of a yard for archery, so I improvised as a kid. I grabbed some bamboo skewers, a few sewing needles, floss and glue, and made myself little bow+arrow kits that would work wonderfully in my bedroom. (All those beastly stuffed animals to hunt and all.)
The general idea: a single skewer will be made into a bow, and the rest of the skewers will be cut in half to make arrows.
Step 1: Disclaimer & Materials Needed
I had considered writing this instructable down to the tiniest detail (e.g. what knots I used to tie what), but then I thought "If someone can't figure out some of this on his own, he has no right to be shooting little needle-pointed arrows around in the first place."
I am not responsible for your stupidity.
Even as a seven year old I didn't skewer any living things with my arrows, so you don't have much of an excuse.
These things shoot at pretty high velocity and fly very unpredictably and can ricochet. From five feet away, I got an arrow firmly lodged in a solid wood door. These things will go upwards of 10 feet.
So, you'll probably need:
Bamboo skewers (minimum 6")
Floss or upholstery thread (as a kid, I totally had mint-y, plaque fighting arrows.)
Some blister-pack plastic or stiff paper
Super glue, white glue
Step 2: Skewer Prep.
Get a second skewer. Cut it in half. Take the end without the point-y bit, sharpen it. Now you have two point-y half-skewers.
Step 3: Making It Pointy
(If you happen to have fairly unequal halves, cut the groove into the stouter half.)
Place the needle into groove. Dab some superglue on to hold in place.
Grab about 10 inches floss (you'll probably want leftover string at the end--it makes things easier to tie) and tie the needle towards the eye-end to one half of the skewer. Glue. Sandwich the floss between the two halves, start wrapping. Tie off and glue.
Step 4: Stick Some Tail-feathers On
Grab about 6 inches of floss, tie the two skewer halves together at the far end of the arrow and wrap the floss around a few times, trail the floss to the other end of the fletching, wrap a few more times, trail it back, wrap and tie. Glue.
Step 5: Oh, Right. the Bow.
Let bow and arrows dry.
Step 6: Arrow Variations
-If you have a longer skewer with which to make a bow, keep the shorter skewers full-length to make arrows
-You needn't needle-point the arrows, but you will want extra weight at the point-end, so come up with some other weighting method
-You can try splitting the arrow skewers into thirds and fletch them with the triple fletching real arrows usually have