Learn how to make a bow and arrow with pvc pipe and easy to find supplies.  This bow and arrow is super simple to make and makes a great party favor if you are hosting a party! The best thing is the kids love them and it can ecourage hours of creative play.

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How to Make a Bow and Arrow out of Pvc

When my boys were little we did several parties centered around this PVC bow and arrow. Now we have a little girl who just saw the movie Brave, so these wildly fun bow and arrows have made another appearance. This DIY bow and arrow made out of PVC is really cool.  It is an easy way to learn how to make a bow and arrow for kids.

PVC Bow Supplies

You will need the following supplies:

  • 40″ of  1/2″ PVC pipe (these come in 10′ sticks of schedule 40 thickness)
  • 16″ X 3/8″ dowel rods (purchase a 48″ piece that makes three arrows)
  • 6″ of foam pipe cover (use a 3/4″ diameter piece that is sold in 6′ lengths)
  • thick nylon string (I used very heavy duty nylon string)
  • a lighter to seal the ends of this string
  • scissors
  • a hacksaw or fine tooth jig saw
  • duct tape
  • zip ties
  • foam cut into triangles (I used 2″ thick foam home insulation cut into approximately 3″x 3″ triangles)

One 10′ pipe will make three bows. Cut pipe into 3 equal 40″ pieces

How to make a bow and arrows supplies laid out

How to Make a Bow and Arrow In Easy Steps

Tie a large knot into the end of the nylon string. It needs to be big enough to not slip through the notch in the PVC. Use a lighter or match to burn the end to keep it from fraying.

pvc recurve bow

Cut a one-inch long notch into one side of the PVC pipe on each end. Next place the knot into the notch. Pull tight and make sure the knot is big enough to not slip through. A bead can also be tied to the end to keep it from slipping.

how to make pvc bow

Pull the string tight along the cut PV pipe and cut sting and tie a knot about 4 1/2 inches from the other end of the pipe. Bend the pipe and slip the knot into the other end.

diy pvc bow and arrow

Wrap a piece of duct tape (or electrical tape) around each end of the pipe to keep the string from popping out.

make your own bow and arrow

Place the pipe insulation foam around the middle of the PVC pipe. Bring edges together and secure on each side with a zip tie. Trim the ends of the zip tie close to the handle.

PVC Bow and Arrow

Stick the dowel into the foam and remove. Now coat the end of the stick with hot glue and place back into the foam. A slit can be cut into the end of the dowel to make it easier for the child to place on the string of the bow.  Such a simple PVC bow. You could easily make this good bow look even more realistic with a little spray paint.

How to make arrows

Bow and Arrow for Kids

It takes some practice and patience but these girls mastered it. The PVC bow kept our Brave girls busy until sunset!

DIY Bow and Arrow [PVC]
How to make a bow and arrow for kids!

I hope you love this kids pvc pipe bow and arrows and that it will bring you loads of fun! This DIY movie screen is pretty amazing and here’s are a couple of other ideas to keep the family creating and having fun.

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  1. Thanks! I am glad i found this. Making for all the kids at our christmas! Need 8 and can make them for under $30!

  2. I am so excited to try this. Along with my regular jr. high girls’ PE classes that I teach, I also teach a couple adapted PE classes that have kids with special needs. They cannot do the regular archery unit that we do, so am excited to try and see if this will be a good alternative. 🙂

  3. These are so fantastic! I was just searching for some DIY Christmas gift ideas and stumbled upon this…do you mind if I share it in our DIY Gift roundup post?

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