Archery Leather Armguard




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Since many people asked because of my instructable for an arrow quiver ( how I made my armguard, I decided to post some instructions. I didn't build mine myself (the one on the picture), but if you live somewhere remote and don't find something that suits you, you can build a similar one very easily yourself.
However, I'd like to point out that the basic design is not from me, so no credits there! Unfortunately I wasn't able to find out what brand mine is.


Materials needed:

- A piece of thick belt leather
- Approx. 1.3 m (50 inch) of Bungee cord (depending on the thickness of your arm)
- 4 lace hooks
- punch pliers (for the holes)
- Dremel sanding tool or sand paper
- Dremel polishing tool
- Beeswax

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Step 1: Cut Out the Leather

Take the template, adjust it to your needs (maybe longer if you have long arms), mark the outline on the backside of the leather piece and cut it out with a sharp cutter. With the sanding tool or sanding paper sand the edges so they get a bit more rounded.

Step 2: Polish the Edges

Take the polishing tool and the beeswax block and apply some beeswax to the polishing bit. When you touch the edges of the leather, the beeswax will melt due to friction heat into the leather and give you a nice dark and smooth finish.
For more pictures of this process go to my quiver instructable.

Step 3: Punch Out the Holes

Lay the template again onto the leather and mark all the hole centers to the leather with a needle. Take the punch pliers and punch out all the holes that you marked with the needle. As long as you're not sure what types of lace hooks you'll use, leave these holes for step 5.

Step 4: Form the Leather Around Your Arm

Soak and knead the leather in warm water until it gets bendable and form it around your arm. If later on the fit is not yet perfect, it will get so with time or you can repeat this step again. Put some rubber bands around it to keep it in that shape and let it dry over night. When it's dry you're ready for the next step.

Step 5: Add the Lace Hooks

The tricky part will be to find some lace hooks. Maybe you're best shot will be to ask a local shoe repair store. These grommets are used in hiking boots and military boots for the top most section of the lacing. Or look on ebay for "lace hooks". There are plenty different styles available. Depending on the hook design you will have to place the holes for the rivets for the hooks a bit more to the center of the armguard.

Step 6: Lace the Bungee Cord

Insert the bungee cord through the holes like shown in the picture. It might be easier if you melt the tip of the cord a bit with a lighter. Let some additional cord stand out and don't shorten it already. After a few shootings you will find the tightness that is snug enough but still comfortable. Or you can let it stand out permanently, so you can make it fit looser if you're shooting during autumn and winter with a pullover under the armguard. Just make a knot in the cord to keep it in place.

Step 7: Finished Armguard

If everything worked out you will have now a very unique armguard for very little money. If you want to, you can still add some decoration or name/sign with a soldering iron.
I hope this instructable helped you.

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10 Discussions

Tura Street

2 years ago

Cool, I can't find a armguard that I can actually adjust to fit my arm. Since I work with a guy who loves to make things out of leather, I will be able to make this no problem. Thanks for this instructable.


4 years ago on Introduction

Thanks for the template! What size bungee is this?


6 years ago on Step 7

Very nice- thanks for posting! Neat idea on the adjust-ability to different sized shooters-
For those that are familiar with leather-working terms this looks like 5-6 oz leather--thick enough to protect yet thin enough to be flexible.

Gotta say that's one hairy arm!! Wish I had that much hair on my head!LOL!

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5 years ago

I think I know where you can get a leather punch and copper rivets pretty cheaply. Go to and they have these EXTREMELY cheap. I think a punch is around nine or ten dollars.


6 years ago on Introduction

I have very fragile skin on my left arm due to sun damage & current medications. I always seem to have some major skin tears. Just brushing against something like a doorknob causes a major skin tear. This guard gives me the perfect protection against more injuries. I can't wait to get some leather and get busy on it. Thanks for the 'ible.


6 years ago on Introduction

The quover and this look good and finctoonal and helpful for shooting arrows


6 years ago on Introduction

for lace hooks