How to Make a Bow & Arrow Costume

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Used for many thousands of years, the bow and arrow can be crafted from simple materials using every day tools. Because it was part of many ancient people's lives, creating your own bow and arrow set can add a layer of authenticity to many Halloween costumes. For example, you can pair the set with a detailed Robin Hood or Legolas costume.

Things You'll Need

  • 3 foot long curved stick
  • 3 feet of string
  • 12 straight 10 inch sticks
  • Knife
  • Feathers
  • Potato chip can
  • Hot glue gun
  • Glue sticks
  • Faux brown leather
  • Cut a nock near the bottom of both ends of a three foot stick using a knife. The nock should be approximately 1/2 inch in length. These nocks are where the string is tied for the bow.

  • Make a loop on the end of a three foot long string. Bring the string behind the loop. Make another loop with the string and bring it through the first loop. Tighten the knot. Attach one end of the string to the bottom part of the stick. Repeat for the top. Make sure that the string is taut.

  • Sharpen one end on each of 12 straight 10-inch sticks with a knife, making it pointed. On the other end of each of the 12 sticks, use a knife to cut a nock where you wedge the arrows onto the bow's string. Add feathers to the end with the nock, using the glue gun.

  • Glue faux brown leather to the outside of a potato chip can so that it resembles a quiver. Place the arrows inside the quiver. Make sure that the pointed ends of the arrows are facing down.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you want to create a more professional look, sand each stick with sand paper. Keep in mind that this process may become time consuming.
  • Do not use this bow to hunt. It is purely decorative.

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