How to Make a Survival Bow / Whip

This is my first instructable .

It 's about making a Whip which can also be used as a bow.

It's definitely not the most beautiful design, but it's a fun way to recycle things.

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Step 1: Materials/tools

The Materials are:

- Arrow

- A metal pipe a bit longer then your arrow where youre arrow fits in smooth

- Old bicycle tube which is not needed anymore

- A pencil cap which fits into the metal pipe


- Scissors

- Hot glue gun

Step 2: Step 1

Cut the valve off the bicycle tube. You can save it for an other project

Step 3: Step 2

Glue the pencil cap into one end of the metal pipe with hotglue

Step 4: Step 3

Cut a small piece long as your finger from the bicycle tube

Step 5: Step 4

Make a knot into the small piece

Step 6: Step 5

Make a knot into the long piece

Step 7: Step 6

Twist the large tube on the metal pipe.

(on the end where you have glued the cap in the pipe)

Step 8: Step 7

Twist on the small piece on the other side. You have created a water proof container inside the pipe where you can store survival tools like fishing line with hooks, fire starter...

Now your whip is finished

Step 9: Step 8

The transformation into a bow is very easy:

You just have to run the tube down the pipe and wrap a couple of times around the pipe, then you have to slip the end under the tube running along the pipe as you can see in the next picture

Step 10: Step 9

Shooting is very easy you just have to take the arrow and hold in the middle of the tube with two fingers and with the other hand take the pipe ;pull ; shot and have fun ;)

• But please be carefull don't aim at people animals or other things which can get broken

• I'm not responsible for what you are doing

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    3 years ago

    I think with a pvc pipe it would be much more powerfull but these are very difficult to get in Germany.

    I find that hard to believe. In Belgium, you find them in every hardware store. Also, Germany has a lot of PVC manufacturers. A quick google search led me to this site:

    Nice and thick pipe, excellent for bow making. Check out BackyardBowyer's YouTube channel for instructions:


    5 years ago on Introduction

    Hiya - good job for a firsty - built something similar myself a while ago, but I like the pipe idea, had a thought though looking at this build, do ya think it would have a bit more kick if a pvc pipe was used to add a bit more spring - - dunno see what ya think - gonna follow your posts - who knows what is on the way.

    See ya

    3 replies

    Hi yes I think with a pvc pipe it would be much more powerfull but these are very difficult to get in Germany. Anyway thanks for the Tipp ;)


    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    That would probably work :)


    a hole (slightly bigger than the arrow) would allow it to be more accurate (less angle on the arrow) but sacrefice slightly on speed