How to make a legolas bow

Updated February 21, 2017

Legolas is a blonde elven messenger in J.R. Tolkien's Lord or the Rings books. He is played by Orlando Bloom in Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings movies. Legolas is the prince of Mirkwood and joins the Fellowship to help destroy the ring and save Middle Earth. He carries a special bow given to him by Queen Galadriel that is strung with elven hair. You can make a copy of Legolas's special bow at home, even if you don't have access to any elven hair. You might not be able to kill orcs with it, but it will look cool.

Straighten out the coat hangers. These will be the skeleton of your Legolas bow. You should be able to do this with your hands, but if you are having trouble, untwist the hooks with a pair of pliers.

Twist the coat hangers together so that you have one 60-inch long wire. Legolas's bow is 60 inches long. Try to get the wires as straight as possible.

Bend the wire so that the shape approximates the shape of Legolas's recurve bow. Take a look at some pictures of the bow Orlando Bloom carries in the films if you need a reminder about this shape. Don't forget to add a handle and curved ends.

Build up the mass of the bow with tin foil. Tear off lengths of tin foil and wrap them around the wire. Squeeze tin foil tightly around the wire skeleton until you have recreated the shape of Legolas's bow. The bow should now be solid but still flexible. Take another look at pictures of Legolas's bow and correct any errors in the shape of yours.

Tie a length of black yarn onto your bow to serve as the string. Tie the yarn around tightly around either end of the bow and clip any excess yarn.

Tear a few sheets of newspaper into strips, approximately 1 inch by 6 inches.

Boil a small pot of water. Take the water off the heat and slowly add flour, stirring quickly until you have a mixture that resembles library paste. You're going to paper mache the bow.

Dredge the newspaper strips in the flour paste, wipe off any excess drips, and coat the tin foil with newspaper. Completely cover any exposed tin foil and the places where you tied the two ends of the black yarn with paper mache. Be careful not to drip paste onto the string. Allow the paper mache to dry completely.

Paint the paper mache dark brown, just like Legolas's bow. You can use any type of water based paint. Allow the paint to dry completely.

Trim the gold foil into floral and leaf patterns. Glue the foil onto your bow at the handle and tips, just like Legolas's bow. Allow the glue to dry before you use your new bow.

Things You'll Need

  • 3 coat hangers
  • Tin foil
  • Black yarn
  • Flour
  • Pot
  • Spoon
  • Newspaper
  • Paint
  • Glue
  • Gold Foil
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Elizabeth Hannigan began writing freelance articles in 2005. Her work can be found in "Orientations" magazine. She holds a Master of Arts in art history from the University of Delaware.