How to Make a Target for a Nerf Gun

Updated February 21, 2017

Nerf toy guns allow the owners to practice their marksmanship without the fears that come with weapons that fire hard projectiles. You can make a simple target for your Nerf gun that will indicate the level of your shooting ability while ensuring that the Nerf dart does not get lost. A few household items, a target purchased from a hobby store or gun shop and less than an hour is all that is needed.

Put the empty cereal box on a table with the front facing up.

Measure 2 inches in from the left side of the box. Make a dot at the 2 inch mark with the pencil. Repeat with the right side, top and bottom.

Draw a rectangle on the front of the box with a pencil by lining up the dots with a ruler.

Cut out the rectangle with the utility knife. Discard the cutout front.

Open the top and tape it open.

Put white glue on the back of the shooting target. Place the shooting target inside the top of the cereal box upside down.

Press the back of the shooting target against the back side of the cereal box so that the shooting target can be seen through the hole in the front. Let the white glue set for an hour.

Turn the cereal box over. Put the shoebox on the newspaper.

Stand the cereal box on the top of the shoebox. Draw around the bottom of the cereal box with the pencil. Remove the cereal box.

Cut out the drawing on the top of the shoebox with the utility knife. Discard the cutout piece of the shoebox lid.

Insert the bottom of the cereal box into the hole in the top of the shoebox. Secure the sides of the cereal box to the shoebox with duct tape.

Aim your Nerf-branded toy gun at the Nerf target you have made. Fire a dart at the shooting target. Retrieve the Nerf darts from the Nerf target when you are done shooting.


You can illuminate the inside of the Nerf target with a flashlight and shoot in the dark to test your shooting skills further.


Don't place your Nerf target where there is anyone who could be hit by a Nerf dart if you aim badly.

Things You'll Need

  • Duct tape
  • Empty cereal box
  • Utility knife
  • Shooting target
  • Shoebox
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • White glue
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Marshal M. Rosenthal is a technology maven with more than 15 years of editorial experience. A graduate of Brooks Institute of Photography with a Bachelor of Arts in photographic arts, his editorial work has appeared both domestically as well as internationally in publications such as "Home Theater," "Electronic House," "eGear," "Computer and Video Games" and "Digitrends."