I have a lot of friends who have gotten in on this archery craze that has taken over the world, and found a great way to make them a gift that reflects their love for the sport. This miniature bow and arrow set is easy to make and actually will work, so long as your target is only 5 feet away.
To get started on making the mini recurve bow and arrow set you are going to need:
- Skill Craft Sticks – those are the ones that have small notches all down the sides of them
- Dental floss
- Q-tips or Cotton Swabs
- Paint or fine tipped markers
In order to make the craft sticks pliable, you are going to need to soak them in water first. Do this for about an hour. Once soft you can use a piece of dental floss and wrap it around the end notches of the craft sticks. Bend the stick so that it takes on the shape of a recurve bow.
In order to make the arrow cut off one end of one of the cotton swabs. Then cut a small slit in the center to make a tiny groove. Fray the cotton on the other end to give it the appearance of feathers. If you want you can paint the swabs to make them look more authentic, or draw on them using a fine tipped marker.
You can also do the same on your mini recurve bow, or draw some Indian designs in various colors.
It does take a special kind of finger dexterity, but these recurve bows and arrows really do work. If you pull back enough, they will actually go up to five feet. Just use the slotted end of the cotton swab in the dental floss of your recurve bow, pull back and release. Of course the cotton end will not make a mark in a target, but you could place goals on the floor that have to be reached.
The friends that I made these for all thought that they were great. Some even brought them to the archery league to show them off. Friends asked if I could make one for them as well. This is not something that I would consider for selling, but if I have some free time, I’ll make a few extras to give away.
There are a million crafty ideas out there if you just use your imagination. Archery is all the rage now, and I was thrilled when I came out with an idea that would make my enthusiast friends pleased.Read More