Introduction: Quick and Easy Bow and Arrow!

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All you will need for this is some 1/2 inch pvc pipe ( 1/2 inch diameter of hole in the middle)

Step 1: the Materials!

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All you need is-
-a saw
-some string
-1/2 pvc pipe

Step 2: How Long Should Your Bow Be?

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Your bow should be the as long as your arm span.

Step 3: Where the String Goes

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On the ends of the pipe you can cut a V shape cut 2 inches from each end.

Step 4: Now for the Length of the String. and Tying

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The length of the string should be 4 inches shorter than the bow. For the tying string you should make a loop knot and put the string through the loop.

Step 5: Final Step!

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Now bend the pipe so you can loop the other end of the string on the the other V shape cut. The bow should be fairly bend like the picture below

Step 6: And Your Done!

And all you have to do is get a straight stick or buy a wooden dowel, sharpen then fire

Note the bow is a weaker than other wood bows but is still strong.


useful_things (author)2013-07-03

great! I went to home depot right after seeing this to buy PVC pipe bcuz its so cheap for a 10 ft pipe. the for making this instructable.

avenger22 (author)2013-06-05

Not bad. I'll use it for my Hawkeye costume.

ThePyroManiac (author)2008-03-15

Interesting, but please sort out your facts as your bow poses an extreme health hazard as it'll send "PVC shrapnels in your palm"(Well, apparently.) when it snaps from extreme stress in the middle of the bow, as has been pointed out. The string has a higher tendency to snap and subsequently leave a welt in your face. It's really a choice to fork in another, what, 40 bucks? For the sake of not dying and for reliability on your bow. Also I have read here that PVC is invisible under x-rays, therefore if it really does get in your palm the docs have to "cut open your hand just to see if there's a splinter in it". I'd rather buy a bunch of bamboo (an awesome instructable here), hemp twine and make a bow our of dried bamboo and duct tape. How awesome is that?

simple solution, wrap the danger spots in ductape, or if your really worried about your hands health, cloth tape.

I used hemp on a bow once and it snapped, but i used another kind and it worked. So choose a good string. And the hole in the middle of the bow will make it snap a lot easier. I wouldn't put a hole there.

meritsetgo (author)ThePyroManiac2009-09-28

not really to break pvc in that manner it would have to be chilled to 30 degrees and then filled with compressed air. Common! any plumber will tell you that, that there has not been a recorded injured from pvc "snapping" in the manner you suggest. it is almost fear mongering to say you will die from explosive snap of pvc. Actually bamboo will give a nasty splinter and it is more dangerous if broken as the edges are really sharp. Bear from the show Man vs Wild just had to evacuated from slicing his finger on bamboo while filming his show so there at least i have some plausible proof.

knexlegowizard101 (author)2010-09-03

if any u pepoles have ever shot a real bow you would know this i is nothing campare to a tradicanil long bow

khaedo (author)knexlegowizard1012010-11-20

it's not suppossed to be

greymatter21 (author)2010-06-22

this bow might be a little too strong!!it hurt my fingers when i let go of the string lol

totjup2 (author)2009-10-06

i think this is great i made one and then ended up using it for the heavy crossbow u should check it out.

huntingfisherman (author)totjup22009-11-17

what heavy cross bow r u talking about

Kendallkip (author)2008-12-20

simple solution to the whole bow breaking thing, when you have bent and strung the bow, cover the whole bow in clear tape (clear so that noone can really see the tape w/out looking closely), easy!

ninjallama (author)2008-12-13

My friend and i made that and it worked but we used this wax strng insted or reguler string

hunteo (author)2008-11-11

if you guys really want to see something flexible use a peice of wirsbro pipe and hockey laces

jman64 (author)2007-11-09

how did you bend it please tell

you just bend it thats all.

i made one out of wood a long time ago and put one end in a vice and bent the other end

ThePyroManiac (author)jman642008-03-15

Stand with your feet slightly apart, with your bow on your left. Put the strung end of your bow behind your left leg, and in front of your right leg. Your left leg should be at the middle of the bow. Pull the unstrung bit of the bow behind you forwards, take the string, put the string at the side of the bow closest to you and pull it in a hairpin bend manner. Pull the string downwards, the bow still in your legs. Tie it off when it's bent enough. Place a thumbs up at the middle of the bow and your thumb should just touch the string. If not keep bending the bow. Good luck.

juaniskool (author)2008-04-25

does it break easily??

jjy (author)2008-04-22

how long is its range please answer :D

desicop (author)2008-04-14

I use a 3/4 inch and 1/2, and bend it with a blow dryer or pure muscle, but this is pretty good because mainly it's cheap, and a decent distance. I have a problem with accuracy on this though

maxxxem (author)2008-02-10

i made the string to long so i just tied some over hand knots to get the right lenghts, without untieing the loop

deathbibian (author)2008-01-27

dude this bow rules i made mine around 40 inches tall it rules

fork me3 (author)deathbibian2008-01-28

yea this bow is awesome!! but if u guys want to make a mini 1 of these ckeck out mine!! made outta skewers!!

fork me3 (author)fork me32008-01-28

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mullenium (author)2008-01-24

cut the pvc in half on each side but leave a handle. then heat were you want your bow to be bent and bend it. you can even try to make a recurve bow!

X_D_3_M_1 (author)2007-10-21

stupid. dont u realize that PVC is used because it CANT be bent!?!?!?!?

receiver545 (author)X_D_3_M_12008-01-16

yes PVC can bend you get 1/2in sch. 40!!

bigcheeze (author)2008-01-15

try buying 20 foot lengths I'm 6ft tall and when I carry it on my broad shoulders 1 end sags right to the ground

receiver545 (author)2007-10-21

hey look at my PVC bow! It shoots through boxs! If you dont beleive me i will be adding a video to it showing it go through! check it out and try making mine ! I used elastitic instead of string! heres a tip you bow needs more curve in it!!! look at mine and try it !! plssss comment it !

bigcheeze (author)receiver5452008-01-15

OK then if you want me to be your mummy then fine,I'll break up your little cat fight. hey look at my cheap @$$ plastic bow I bought from canaidian tire IT GOES STRAIGHT THROUGH 1MM SCRAP SHEET STEEL!!! and by the way,why is canaidian not in the Instructables dictionary... RACIST!!! does that solve anything???

Sgt.Waffles (author)2007-04-25

Well, thanks for taking a shot in the dark, on a subject that you OBVIOULSY know absoloutly nothing about. The string is only used to transfer the energy from the bend of the bow to the arrow. The string is usually a steel cable covered in a rubber-like substance. Your lack of intellignce and your mindset that "cursing makes me demand respect" is amusing at best. You need to learn how to not be an ignorant excuse for a human before you think your poorly formed opinions are taken seriously. Your obvioulsy verbally out matched. It might help if this wasnt your first comment or you have posted an instructable. Grow a pair.

ichipoodle (author)Sgt.Waffles2007-12-27

Daaaaamn! You verbally castrated him! Wait...he doesn't have a pair...nvm...

Pat Sowers (author)Sgt.Waffles2007-08-12

"The string is usually a steel cable covered in a rubber-like substance." MY ASS!!!! Yes it could be used but what happens when you bend steel back and forth to much? It brakes. Modern bow strings are made from 20 cords of high tensile strength nylon wrapped with the same type of cord.

spazzim (author)Sgt.Waffles2007-04-27

To figure out if the string gives any strength just tie a string to a metal stick that won't bend the pull string back and see if it shoots anywhere

spazzim (author)spazzim2007-04-27

Sorry Pull a arrow back and see if it goes anywhere

Sgt.Waffles (author)spazzim2007-04-27

Most strings will "give", but very slightly. Nothing compared to the force that a recurve bow exerts. Most compound bow strings are a vinyl covered steel cable.

"No power comes from the string. PERIOD" now u change how you you are something you said before "OH! How conveinent. You forget details when you are faced with the facts!"

You decided to come back? I am shocked! I thought you ran away! Most bow strings are STEEL, which under the right conditions will stretch, but the power from that is nothing compared to the power from the bow. Trivial infact.

see, now u say power DOES come from the string....when before you said it didnt...tard.

The small amount of power that comes from the string is so small, you wont notice it, assuming you are using a proper bow string.........tard.

yes, but there is still power coming from it, meaning i was right..

You never specified what was used for the string, so we are at a stalemate.

Sgt.Waffles (author)Sgt.Waffles2007-05-07

Also, you never mentioned the Length or the media of the bow. If your media is weaker than the string, the string will not stretch.

here you go again thinking that you know ever thing... you now assume that i care that you "verbally" outmatch me.. also the bow string does matter depending on what kind of bow you would be a compound bow it uses pullies there for the bend does not matter and it is pure how much wieght you put on the pullies, or the string... and you need to 1, get a life and stop being a dick just because you think you better and so much smart than every one else( which you are very far from) and 2, change your name because that has to be one of the gayest names ever...your probly like 35 years old and live in your mother basement...fucking douchebag... oh and to the "grow a pair" i have a pair and unlike yourself the not the tiniest thing in the world.

knexer1 (author)facelessxpride2007-04-26

Hey, that wasn't very nice about telling him that his was the smallest in the world, he has a large one, up his butt!

facelessxpride (author)knexer12007-04-28


Again, i am amused at your futile attepmt to gain your dignity back. Yes a compound bow DOES use pulleys, but the string is not the initial source of power. 1.) I dont think i am any better than the rest of you. We all have our areas of expertise, and hunting with guns and/or bows happens to be one of my strong points. 2.)Anyone that uses the word gay to describe someone other than a homosexual, PROBOBLY isnt one of the smartest people, despite their personal feelings. I happen to think that anyone who has an "x" randomly inserted into their user handle is, well, a little odd. And your comment about me being 35 was a little off center as well, considering i am 16, but you were RIGHT ON TARGET with the point about me living in the basement. (there might still be hope for you yet). If you had a pair, you would fill out your profile, and you wouldnt be a coward and remain "faceless". Your lack of puncuation and proper grammar also provides great amusment for me. I am going to take a wild guess here and guess you are, at the oldest, fourteen years old. Anyone who needs to tell someone that they have small testicles is OH-SO-OBVIOUSLY compensating for the fact that they are insecure. When you decide to come up with a rebuttal that actually makes sense, I would be more than happy to verbally fence with you. Untill then, keep your mouth shut. You are in over your head.

honestly i did'y read a word of that...i said what i wanted to i dont give a shit what you think...go ahead keep trying to continue what you belive in i dont care i think your a cocky ass do what you want i no longer wish to talk to you, because you belive you are superior.

and saying someone is insecure is pretty much a coverup for your insecureity.PERIOD,THE END..

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