How to Make Your Own Nerf Targets

Written by drea christopher
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If your kids love playing with Nerf toys that eject foam darts, balls or discs, keep your household objects from becoming targets by creating your own items for the children to shoot. Use basic craft supplies like card stock, stickers and pens to design colourful and creative targets that not only give your kids something to aim for, but that also allow them to invent new Nerf games and keep score to find the ultimate sharp shooter.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • 11-inch plate
  • 12-by-12-inch card stock
  • Pencil
  • Chipboard or cardboard
  • Double-sided tape
  • Scissors or craft knife
  • 8-, 5- and 2-inch circular objects or shape stencil
  • Number stickers, markers or stamps and ink
  • Die-cut or themed sticker

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    Trace an 11-inch plate on to a piece of 12-by-12-inch card stock with a pencil. Affix the card stock to a piece of chipboard or cardboard with double-sided tape to give the target added stability. Cut the circle out with scissors or a craft knife.

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    Create "rings" for the target by tracing an 8-inch, 5-inch and 2-inch circle on to contrasting colours of card stock using a pencil and small plates, cups or circle-shaped stencils. Cut the circles out with scissors or a craft knife.

  3. 3

    Build the target by using double-sided tape to affix the 2-inch circle in the centre of the 5-inch circle, the 5-inch circle in the centre of the 8-inch circle and the 8-inch circle in the centre of the 11-inch target base.

  4. 4

    Assign each ring--except for the centre circle--a different point value, such as five points for the outer ring, 10 points for the second ring and 20 points for the ring closest to the centre. Create the numbers with number stickers, markers or rubber stamps and ink.

  5. 5

    Embellish the small-centre circle on the target with a special accent to indicate that it has the highest value, such as 50 or 100 points. Use a die cut of a gold medal or a trophy. Or use sticker of a favourite cartoon character.

Tips and warnings

  • Create a challenging game for younger kids to reinforce lessons about shapes, colours, letters or numbers. Instead of adding a number score to each ring on the target, affix letter, number and shape die cuts or colourful card stock swatches in random spots on the rings. When one child hits one of the die cuts, the first player to shout out the correct colour, shape, letter or number gets a point. Affix the paper die cuts with temporary adhesive so you can change the board after each round.
  • If your handmade Nerf targets can't stand the wear and tear from your kids, consider using the same technique to create targets out of felt, which will bend under conditions that may cause the paper targets to wrinkle or tear.
  • Ensure your children fall within the age range specified on the Nerf toy packaging and consider having the kids wear protective eyewear when playing with the Nerf guns or crossbows.
  • Cover your work surface with a self-healing cutting mat if you plan to cut out the target base or rings with a craft knife. This will help you avoid slicing into your work table.

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