Build your own DIY archery target so you can shoot your bow anytime you want too. Going outside in the fresh air and shooting a few arrows is a great way to reduce stress and get some exercise.
A homemade archery target is much less expensive than a store-bought one and it works just as well. Plus, working on a DIY project is also good therapy and will help reduce your stress level.
Check out these 13 DIY archery targets that are easy and inexpensive to make create a way to de-stress at home.
1- Large DIY Archery Target
If you hunt large game with a bow and arrows, then you need a large target to practice on. This easy to follow video will show you how to make an archery target that is large and inexpensive.
You can even use the alternative idea given on this website to re-purpose and recycle an old archery target to create a new homemade target.
2- Foam Floor Homemade Mat Archery Target
Here is a great idea for using those inexpensive foam floor mats in an unexpected way – use them to create a homemade archery target.
These soft, thick floor mats are like large puzzles pieces and are often used on the floor of a child’s playroom. When the child has outgrown the playroom, use this idea to recycle those floor mats into something for yourself. The foam floor mats are inexpensive to purchase if you don’t have any on-hand.
The stack is also easy to rearrange to prevent the center of the homemade bow target from getting shot out too soon.
3- Puzzle Mat Target
Puzzles mats designed to be used for children’s activities can be stacked in a different way and used for adult activities. Follow these detailed instructions and discover how these puzzle mats can be stacked sideways and placed in a DIY wooden frame and used for hours of archery practice.
Tutorial: Puzzle Mat DIY Archery Target
4- Plywood Frame Archery Target
This YouTube video will show you how to build a DIY archery target with a heavy-duty plywood frame. Follow this instructional video with the family so the DIY build can be a time of family fun, followed by family archery competition on the new homemade archery target.
5- Target on a Stand
This idea will show you how to create a DIY archery target on a stand so you won’t be shooting arrows downwards. Improve your skills of shooting arrows upwards by practicing on this DIY target on a stand.
This YouTube video will show you how to create a target on a stand at just the right height for you.
6- Cheap DIY Archery Target
This cheap archery target is easy to build and fun to use. This DIY archery target can be made in minutes, plus it’s easy to take with you on camping trips.
If you have old clothing and a bag on hand, this homemade archery target can be free to make. Watch this short YouTube video for instructions for this cheap archery target.
7- Carpet DIY Archery Target
Inexpensive carpet and carpet padding can be transformed into a functional diy archery target. A wooden box for a frame and carpeting are about all you will need to make this simple target. The instructions even show you how to add a handle to the top of the box to make lifting and transporting the target easy.
Find some family or friends who are replacing their carpeting and this DIY project will be practically free to create. Carpeting is an excellent shock absorber and will stop an arrow with ease so you can get in lots of arrow shooting time.
8- DIY Crossbow Target
If you like to shoot a crossbow for fun or hunting, this target will provide you with years of practice. This DIY crossbow target is large and thick, well able to stop the arrows aimed at it with a crossbow.
These free plans for the archery target also give you an idea for building a shed covering the target so it will be out of the elements and last longer.
Get in some good practice time with your crossbow when hunting season is closed, so when the season re-opens, you will be ready to take down that trophy animal.
9- Paper DIY Archery Target
It sounds impossible, but this idea for a homemade archery target uses papers to stop the arrows.
Stacks of large sheet paper that were headed for the paper shredder were saved and recycled into a free, functional diy archery target that will provide hours of practice.
This would be a great project to get the kids involved with since it involves paper and glue. Sheet after sheet of paper is glued together with rubber cement to form the body of the archery target. A few more steps are needed to make this paper archery target usable, but it would be a fun project for the entire family. If you have access to used paper, this DIY build will be almost free too.
10- Stacked Foam DIY Archery Target
Stacks of foam held into place with cheap metal rods will create an awesome diy archery target that will last for years.
The threaded rods create a clamp that holds the stack of foam in place and recycled cardboard on the front of the stacked foam create a flat surface to hang or paint a bullseye target. The target on this website was made for under $30, a very inexpensive DIY project for anyone who likes to shoot a bow and arrows.
This type of foam can be found in any home improvement store and is typically used as flooring in a garage.
11- Cardboard Archery Target
This DIY archery target is completely free to build. It is made from cardboard and that can be obtained from a dumpster behind any retail store.
All you need is a large box that is a suitable size for an archery target, then a lot more corrugated boards to go inside the box. The corrugated cardboard can be from any type of appliance box, shipping container, or grocery item. The corrugated board needs to be larger than the box so they can be cut to fit tightly within the box.
Large cardboard boxes that appliances or TVs are shipped in are ideal for this DIY project. A free homemade archery target is hard to beat, just go find some cardboard and you can easily make one with these simple instructions.
12- Chicken Wire and Old Clothes
It’s amazing how a little chicken wire and some old, unwearable clothing can be transformed into a DIY archery target.
A narrow wood frame is first constructed and covered with chicken wire, then the interior is filled with tightly rolled clothing. The exterior is covered with a layer of black ground cloth in these plans but you can use whatever you have on hand to cover the exterior.
The old clothing inside the chicken wire will absorb the shock of the shot arrow and prevent it from going through the target.
13- Leftover Carpet Target
Leftover carpet scraps are ideal for using to create a DIY archery target. Instead of throwing leftover pieces of carpet away, use these free plans for creating a homemade archery target you can enjoy in your backyard.
Save money, recycle carpet scraps, reduce stress, and create something that will help you spend more time outdoors with the kids. This is a great way to recycle and to use DIY skills, plus having your own archery target in your backyard will enable you to keep your bow and arrow skills sharp so you will be ready when hunting season rolls around.