DIY Survival PVC Bow




About: Im a 13 year old kid that likes to take stuff apart and repurpose things. and even build my own stuff too!

This is my entry for the survival challenge and the hack it challenge. This is a survival bow that is made out of pvc and nylon string braided. I came up with this idea a while back when I had bought a pvc pipe and had some left over........ and this happened! It consists of SCH 80 PVC pipe, and a nylon string braided. I used rainbow string for added fun! *+*+*+*+*WARNING*+*+*+*+* I am not liable if you end up killing yourself making this project.

Step 1: Get SCH 80 PVC Pipe

This is straightforward, go to your local hardware store and buy the pipe it come in 10 foot lengths and costs about $3.00 USD per length.

Step 2: Cut to Specified Length

Cut your newly acquired pipe to the length that suits your needs. For example, a grown man`s longbow should be about 5` feet long

Step 3: Saw the Ends for the String

this is also simple. Use a saw and cut the notches for the string and make sure they are straight so you don't get spung by the string when you pull back to shoot. I know that by personal experience xD!

Step 4: Make the String

you now need to braid the string. this is a tedious process that will take a while to do, but if done well, will make a string that will last years to come. After that knot the string so it makes a place for the notch to hold onto.

Step 5: String the Bow and Shoot!

This is the big payoff! string the bow and have fun! You can also take it further and add a ledge if you want to.

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    9 Discussions


    Reply 2 years ago

    I don't remember, but it was really light, 30 lbs at most, depending on the length of your bow and string


    3 years ago

    How long should the bow be unstringed for someone that is 6'2" and has a 38" draw length

    Hilarious and sad you have to add the caveat regarding 'if you kill yourself... I'm not responsible'. Signs of our times!

    Do you use standard arrows with this? How long would you make the bow for a person 5'3"?


    4 years ago on Introduction

    I know you used Sch 80 PVC but what size or diameter of PVC did you use for this project, 3/8", 1/2" 1" ???

    1 reply

    Wow.... people still use this instructable. Anyway onto your question. i used Schedule 80, 1/2" Inner diameter PVC pipe. Thanks for looking!


    6 years ago on Step 5

    I love this idea and want to try it this weekend. I have 3 questions; what size string did you use to make the braid? What did you use to make the ledge? Could you go into more detail about the knot so you can string the bow?


    1 reply

    1. I used some nylon string guesstimating....... about 1-2 mm thick. you could go the easy route and use just strait 550 para-cord.
    2. I used some plastic off of something. you could just use a small piece of wood and duct tape and electrical tape it on like I did LOL!
    3.I used a simple knot-with-in-a-knot method, double knot, what ever you want to call it. i doesnt matter what knot it is as long as it wont slip!

    just remember to make your notches deep enough and thin enough that the string wont slip out and sping you in the head!
    And use Schedule 80 ONLY!!
    Its cool that someone is still using this instructable.
    thanks for your question!