When my boys were little we did several parties centered around these PVC bow and arrows. Now we have a little girl who just saw the movie Brave , so these wildly fun bow and arrows have made another appearance.
The bow and arrows are super simple to make and make great party favors if you are hosting a party! The best thing is the kids love them.
How to make a PVC Bow & Arrow
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
a lighter to seal the ends of this string
a hacksaw or fine tooth jig saw
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
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.
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 sliping.
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.
Wrap a piece of duct tape around each end of the pipe to keep the string from popping out.
Place the pipe 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.
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.
It takes some practice and patience but they mastered it. The bow and arrows kept our Brave girls busy until sunset!