Introduction: How to Make a Bow and Arrow

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In this Instructable I'll show you how to make a bow and arrow.

Its pretty easy to make, all you need is a nice, straight, flexible stick, some guide rope and an arrow. It can go pretty far, it went right over my roof when I shot it. It isn't hard at all to pull back, but it took me awhile to work out how to best shoot the arrow.

I also made an arrow with a bolt on the end which looks like a real arrow.

This is the 3rd one that II have made and it is the best one so far.


Step 1: Find a Nice Stick

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1. You need to find a branch which is very straight. It must also be strong and flexible. Don’t use a dry branch, it will break. Make sure that the branch is cut from a live tree.

2. Carefully saw the branch off.

3. Try and get a long branch, you can always make it shorter

4. Trim the ends of the branch.

Step 2: Make the Grooves

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1. Put the branch into a vice to hold it still

2. I decided to trim the branch to make it about 1metre high

3. Next small saw to cut a groove in the end.

4. Cut 2 more grooves on each side of the branch

5. Do this both ends

Step 3: Adding the Rope

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1. I used tent string with is strong and elastic.

2. First put the string through the groove on top of the branch.

3. Then wrap it around the other grooves.

4. Tie a knot to hold it in place

5. Do the same to the other end.

Step 4:

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1. I used a piece of dowel for the arrow. I cut it to about 50-60cm.

2. Next I cut some fins out of foam and superglued them to the dowel

3. To give the arrow some weight, I added a small bolt which I hammered on

4. Lastly, I got my dad to cut a groove into the end of the arrow

Step 5: How to Use You Bow and Arrow

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1. Always hold the bow in the middle on an angle. It will help when you load the arrow

2. Next, put the arrow groove into the rope. Use your thumb on the hand holding the bow to keep the arrow still.

3. Pull back on the rope and straighten the bow.

4. Keep the bow arm straight, look down the arrow at the target, and let go!

5. The harder you pull back, the further it will go.

I hope you like my Instructable, if you make one, please stick a picture in the comments.

Happy shooting.


Ian the Metal liker (author)2017-11-25

Nice also Adventure Time forever!

spuds05 (author)2016-10-08


yuri h thomas (author)2016-04-13


benjamin2006 (author)2016-03-06

like it : ]

666327 (author)2016-02-18

i like it

Assassin 57 (author)2016-01-25

That's Beast

Seth_f15 (author)2015-08-21

would paracord work?

craftsman99 (author)Seth_f152015-12-07

yes it would work

Frostbite44 (author)2015-11-28

Good to know.

monster_mash (author)2015-05-30


o_z (author)2015-05-26

Can you use bamboo and the stick?

grovich777 (author)2015-01-29

good job!

Jared101 (author)2014-12-24

Would this work with pvc pipe too?

settingsdestroyer (author)2014-12-03

nice, if you shaved down on the bow sides you could probably increase firing power by making it a. recurve bow. what did you use for your string? can't find any good for my recurve

AndrewJ2 (author)2014-11-24

thanks ,i live by wood so it would not be hard for me to make one

Ammouflage (author)2014-11-17

Just be careful, I've had an actual made bow snap in my hands before... not a pleasant hospital trip.

wunmanband (author)2014-11-13

Looks very cool!

nice "ible

JoMoFroBro (author)2014-11-10

I have to clarify on my previous comment, this would only make sense if your bow material had sufficient flexibility. Willow works really well!

JoMoFroBro (author)2014-11-10

I have to clarify on my previous comment, this would only make sense if your bow material had sufficient flexibility. Willow works really well!

JoMoFroBro (author)2014-11-10

Nice work! If you are willing to put more time into it, you could strip away the bark with a pocket knife to decrease the weight of the limbs and slightly increase the speed. I'd also look a a longer branch. It should ideally go from toe to shoulder when strung, and you should be able draw it to the corner of your mouth. Also, normal para-cord has some elastic properties so it's better to use twine or pre stretched para-cord.

Khaled Mohammod (author)2014-11-08

Gd _mash.;)
I am just reminding my childhood. :)

Nice work.

kakashibatosi (author)2014-11-04

what is the pull weight of that particular bow?

I have no idea! I'm just a kid and it is pretty hard to pull back and my arm was sore afterwards.

that's good then! I'm glad your bow turned out well. How far have you managed to shoot an arrow?

seamster (author)2014-11-04

This is a great bow and arrow! So simple. I need to make a couple with my kids. Thanks!

monster_mash (author)seamster2014-11-06

Thanks - They're heaps of fun

tim_n (author)2014-11-04

Worth looking into tillering if you want something that'll shoot into targets. Also worth looking at father son bows or Bhutanese bamboo bundle bows.

monster_mash (author)tim_n2014-11-06

yeah i'm going to look into tillering for my next bow. I checked out the Bhutanese bamboo bundle bows and they look reallly cool. My nana has a heap of bamboo so I will have to try and make one.

monster_mash (author)2014-11-06

Good job brother

monster_mash (author)2014-11-06

Good job brother

samalert (author)2014-11-04

The arrow must be packed with lots of power, considering the parameters for the bow. Nice one ! Simple and effective.

monster_mash (author)samalert2014-11-06

thanks dude

Silent_Shadow (author)2014-11-04

Try tillering to bow to get a nicer curve on it. Allows for more accuracy.

? I'll have to look that up

alloydog (author)2014-11-05

Very neat! You could try scraping the back of the bow (the side that faces you) flat so the stick has a D shape - this will help if bend better.

You could try experimenting with stiffer wood and different strings - such as twine which has no real elastic properties so it is the wood that provides the power.

I would also suggest you make a thick wrist-bracer, as the string can really hurt if it hits your arm.

Have fun!

monster_mash (author)alloydog2014-11-06

great ideas! I like the idea about the brace - my dad also mentioned that!

amansinghaljpr (author)2014-11-05

Nice n cool instructable

Thanks mate

kevanchristian (author)2014-11-06

Ive made almost the same thing about a year or two ago and you want to use parcord

cool - i'll use that next time

roanbuma (author)2014-11-06

I did this when i was a kid, brings up memories. There werent ant iphones or apps to tell others how to make it though haha

monster_mash (author)roanbuma2014-11-06

Lucky I have my dad - he mades these when he was a kid

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