Picture of DIY Archery Target - used A4 sized papers
The office had lots of scrap/used A4-sized papers lying around. I decided to save them from the shredder and make a cheap and easy archery target out of these. The idea is to stack them up and compress them, enough to stop your arrows.

A3-sized papers would be better, you can make a bigger target from those. But since A4 is widely used in the office, i don't need to be choosy... since it's free anyway. ;)

So here goes...
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Step 1: Materials

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1. lots of A4-sized papers. stack them up until they're tall enough to equal the length of an A3-sized paper (two A4s makes one A3).

2. old ring binders/file folders (or a strong, thick cardboard)

3. cutter

4. cutting mat (optional)

5. rubber cement

6. cloth from old t-shirt of whatever you could find

7. 2-inch duct tape or filament tape (those with fibers)

8. 2-inch packing tape (the strong, clear types are preferred)

9. metal ruler or anything straight that would serve as a cutting guide

10. straw or any flat rope

11. old paint brush

Step 2: The top and bottom shell

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use a sheet of A4 paper as a guide. put it over the ring binder then cut away using a metal ruler. pieces should equal the A4 paper's dimensions. a ring binder has two sides, so you also get two "shells" for your target. remember to use a cutting mat or another piece of ring binder, or anything that would protect you and your work table.

be careful.

Step 3: Stacking them up

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find a table or any flat surface that's connected to a wall. stack your papers horizontally placing the shells on both ends.

using a straw or any flat rope, tie it around the stack to initially compress the stack, pulling it tightly before you make a knot at the stack's corner.
Ravirar1 year ago
Couldn't you just use sheets of styrofoam? Easier to paint and more durable. :) It would also be more eco friendly, since you only use 1-10 sheets of foam, depending on thickness. You can also shoot sharp points into foam without blunting. (As far as I know)
tukmol (author)  Ravirar1 year ago
styrofoam's okay, but i think it won't last long. also it's gonna be a bit messy too... with fragments being blown around. :)
35Timmy1 year ago
How much Paper did that take?Litterly
tukmol (author)  35Timmy1 year ago
hi Tim.

roughly about 8 reams, so that's 500 sheets x 8 = 4,000 sheets.

wow... i didn't know that. never did pay attention on how many i've used. glad you asked!
Ringer16332 years ago
This is really cool
tukmol (author)  Ringer16332 years ago
thank you!
instead of using all that paper why don't you just use a couple of old phonebooks?
tukmol (author)  treesneedtobehugged3 years ago

i actually have a version of that here:

however, scrap A4 paper is more available than old phone books and there's an endless supply from the office. i've already made 4 from A4 papers against 1 using old phone books. :)
siafulinux3 years ago
I think I'm going to try this, but I'm just going to strap it down and maybe use some duct tape.
tukmol (author)  siafulinux3 years ago
nice. please let us know of the results.

i thought i needed to strap it down too, but it's really solid and the weight alone prevents it from flinching no matter how you shoot it. ;)
code99994 years ago
Simple idea, yet ingenious.

However, definitely only an archery target for target tips. Paper and cardboard are murder on any sharp edges (knives, axes, barbed arrow tips).
pfred2 code99994 years ago
Why would you use razor tips for target shooting?
scorpman pfred23 years ago
If you are a hunter, you would want to try shooting at least one of your broadheads for practice. Broadheads can make an arrow fly differently than a field point. You need to know if there is any difference in point of impact for when the shot counts.
code9999 pfred24 years ago
Quite right, you wouldn't for target archery.
i just stuff newspapers and magazines in a box
I have phone books in a box and sometimes I shoot right through them, but I'm shooting them page on not sideways like here. I have to give this method a try. Thing looks terribly heavy though.
tukmol (author)  pfred24 years ago
yes heavy... but really stable. ;)

it's like shooting a brick wall.
rimar20005 years ago
Good idea. This is a good use for all that old books nobody reads!
tukmol (author)  rimar20005 years ago
yeah... i'm actually itching to DIY my brother's old med books here. but they're a bit small.
Ja, ja! "Fahrenheit 451"?
Shoot Fahrenheit 451?
personally I prefer to use pages of Fahrenheit 451 as firestarter
Well, I think like you, that the book has an undeserved reputation.
tukmol (author)  rimar20005 years ago
uh.... sorry, english please? :)
Pardon, I speak Spanish, then some errors occurs. You can obtain response at
 i have to read farenheit 451 for school later this year...
octo1375 years ago
i just use a picture of mccain
tincanz octo1375 years ago
nice... lol what about bush...
lord_zi5 years ago
great idea!
tukmol (author)  lord_zi5 years ago
thank you!
coreyt5 years ago
this is great for compounders though the size is not so great for recurvers like me great instructable
tukmol (author)  coreyt5 years ago
many thanks! uh... yeah, i think i'd agree. but you could do corrugated boxes using a stronger compression method like threaded bars.
coreyt tukmol5 years ago
i would have tried this but me and my dad built one not too long ago
tukmol (author) 5 years ago
thanks guys!
kenbob5 years ago
simple, functional, recycling at its finest! great instructable.
theburn75 years ago
Great job!