How to Make an Archery Target

Updated April 17, 2017

You can create your own archery target that allows you to practice accuracy, precision and aim for hunting or for fun. There are many different affordable ways to make an archery target by using materials that are often already around your home or farm. Follow a few steps to create a long-lasting and sturdy archery target that won't make a mess or damage your arrows.

Find a good place for your target. This needs to be an area that doesn't have any breakable or vulnerable items behind it, like windows or areas where people could get hurt. A concrete wall or a shed that no one uses are good backdrops for your target. If you live out in the country, place the target in a field or in front of a wooded area where you are certain no one will be walking.

Create a stable stand for your target. You can lean some targets against your backdrop if you are using a concrete wall or shed, but if not, you'll need a stand. A wooden art easel is good for smaller targets, but for heavy and thick targets, nailing or attaching wooden stakes to the back makes it easy to anchor into the ground.

Find the body of your target. Choose a sturdy body like an old mattress, plywood, styrofoam, hay, sacks of grain stuffed into a larger sack or several pieces of cardboard laid flat on top of one another.

Compress the target material. This step varies according to the material you are going to use for your target. Whatever material you use, make sure that it is compressed tight enough to hold arrows in place after you shoot them. Bales of hay, grain sacks and stacks of cardboard can be tied tightly into squares to keep the target from falling apart.

Paint a bull's-eye on the target body. Use a canvas, linen or cotton sheet and paint a bull's-eye, X or other drawing onto the sheet or tarp. This will give you something to aim and shoot at. Attaching balloons and beanbags to the target is fun way to practice your aim and compete with others.

Things You'll Need

  • Safe backdrop, like a field, concrete wall or shed
  • Wood posts or easel
  • Target materials, like grain or cardboard
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