Homemade Foam Archery Targets

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Homemade Foam Archery Targets
Shooting arrows accurately takes practice. (archery. image by SYLVIE FOURGEOT from Fotolia.com)

An archery target needs to be constructed to be strong enough to hold onto an arrow shot into it while still allowing the shaft to be pulled out without damage. You can make a homemade archery target from foam that will satisfy both of these conditions. The foam can be purchased from a hardware store. You will also need a few items commonly found around the house as well as an archery target sheet from a gun store or hobby shop.

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Things you need

  • 11-by-14-inch foam box lids, 8 inches thick
  • Duct tape
  • Archery target sheet
  • Double-sided cellophane tape

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  1. 1

    Stand one of the foam box lids vertically on a table. Stand the other foam box lid against the first one so that the sides line up. Tape the sides, top and bottom of the two foam box lids together with strips of duct tape.

  2. 2

    Place the archery target sheet face down on the table. Apply strips of double-sided cellophane tape to the archery target sheet at the upper left and right corners. Repeat this at the lower left and right corners.

  3. 3

    Place the side of the archery target sheet that has the double-sided cellophane tape on it against one of the two foam block lids that are taped together.

  4. 4

    Stand the foam archery target you have made on a shelf at a gun range or other safe target firing location. Stand away from the foam archery target before shooting an arrow at it.

Tips and warnings

  • You can use a sighting scope on your bow when standing very far back from an archery target.
  • Never aim an arrow at a person or pet.

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