Monday, November 26, 2012

How To Make Your Boys Think You Are The Coolest Mom In The World

Make them Bow And Arrows. That's it. That's all it takes. Make 20 Bow and a hundred or so Arrows so all the neighborhood boys can play Hunger Games outside.
 
Send them outside and you won't see them all afternoon! These are super easy to do and would make great Birthday and Christmas Presents for every little boy you know!
 
Let's get started, shall we?
 
First thing, grab a 1/2 inch 10 foot pvc pipe. Cut it into thirds. That's 40 inches for each one. One 10 foot pvc pipe makes three bows.
 
Then head to your stove. Turn your burner on high heat. Take one of the bows and hold each end in your hand placing the center of the pipe over the heat. Don't touch the burner, you don't want to make a mess of your stove. As the pipe heats up it will bend. Slowly pull the ends in so the center arches in the shape of a bow. Remove from the heat and hold the pipe in place until it cools or it will return back to straight. Or you can be like me and shove them in between the rungs of your chairs and position them to hold them for you so you can do multiple bows all at once, I'm impatient, I know.
 
Then grab a saw and cut a little grove into both ends of the pipes. The groves need to be facing the same way as the arch. And both ends need to be the same direction, so you can put a string from the top to the bottom.
 
Decorate your pipe with Electricians tape, or Washi tape.
 
Then heat the ends and push them into the middle of the pipe so they don't come out.
 
Take a piece of kite string and tie the end in a knot. Slide it down into one of the groves on the end of the pipe. The knot will go to the side away from the arch.
 
Then cut the string so it's about 1/2 inch longer than the other end of the pipe.
 
Tie it in a knot.
 
Push the end of the pipe down so the arch bends more and slip the knot into the two groves on the other end, this makes the string nice and tight to shoot the arrows with.
 
And there you have it. A bow. 
 
Or in my case, allot of them. 
 
 Now for the arrows. Grab 3/16 inch dowels.

Cut them in half.
 
Cut a slit in the end with a saw. 
 
Grab a pool noodle and cut of 2 inches. 
 
Then cut it in half. 
 
Then cut them into points, or arrow heads. 
 
Gut the centers out using scissors. 
 
You want it to be thing. You can discard the insides.
 
Cut both sides so they match. 
 
Grab one and put hot glue all over it. Sandwich the end of the dowel without the slit in between two. Make sure the slit in the dowel is the opposite direction of the arrowhead.  
 
And there you have it. Your arrows. 
 
Now give them to your boys and take cover. 
 
Please note. I cannot be held responsible for any damage boys may cause to themselves or anything by using this tutorial. I'm just saying...
 
 
Shannon

12 comments:

  1. That first picture of the boy looks like Mark, or is it your son? What a fun Mom you are.

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  2. It's my son! He had his hair bleached!

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  3. I've had these pinned for a year - I'm making them for some boys for Christmas. I love them! So glad you showed me how to make them - I feel a little more confident now.

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  4. Is the yellow part in the middle of the bow just another chunk of pool noodle? You didn't mention that part in the tutorial. Thanks!

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    1. Oops! Yes it is! Thanks so much for asking!!! Just slide it on before you put the string on. It holds the arrow up when you are shooting!

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  5. This is brilliant! My son is going to LOOOOOVE this as a Christmas present.

    Speaking of, this would be a perfect post to share at my Family Activities Christmas Linky party -- I hope you'll come link up! It closes tonight at midnight, so it's kind of last-minute, but I hope you join in: http://cottagemagpie.com/christmas-linky-parade-family-activities/

    ~Angela~

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