If you shoot enough arrows, you’ll eventually break one. And that’s OK. Broken arrows provide valuable lessons. Maybe you missed your target and your arrow slammed into a tree. Or maybe you can finally celebrate a coveted Robin-Hood: That is, driving one arrow down the shaft of a previous arrow in the bull’s-eye. Either way, when you break an arrow, you’ll have a souvenir to remind you of all the hard work it took – or will take – to center your arrows in the bull’s-eye. Don’t trash that arrow. Turn it into a souvenir arrow pen!
World Archery shared an awesome how-to lesson for converting your broken arrow from trash to treasure. We couldn’t resist, and tried it ourselves.
First things first: Gather your materials.
- 1 broken arrow
- 1 pen
- Super Glue
- an arrow cutter
Next, study your arrow so you know what parts you’re dealing with.
For this craft, we’ll focus on the nock, fletching, cresting and a small portion of the shaft.
DIY: Make An Arrow Pen
1. INSPECT YOUR ARROW
Ensure the back end of the arrow is intact. Don’t use a splintered arrow. This could cut or irritate your hands when writing with your archery-awesome pen.
2. USE AN ARROW CUTTER TO CUT THE ARROW DOWN TO WRITING SIZE
Your local archery shop can help with this step. From the nock, measure about 6 to 7 inches and cut the arrow, removing the broken portion of the shaft.
3. CHOOSE A PEN
Make sure the pen point fits flush against the arrow shaft. A snug fit ensures your pen stays intact for hours of writing or doodling.
4. DISASSEMBLE YOUR PEN
Unscrew the pen point and remove the ink cartridge. Easy peasy! (Don’t act like you’ve never disassembled a pen to pass time during a boring class!)
5. PREP THE INK
Superglue the ink cartridge into the pen point and let it dry. This is an important step: We can’t screw the pen point into the arrow, so the glue holds it all together.
6. ASSEMBLE YOUR ARROW PEN
Insert the ink cartridge into the arrow, like so.
7. MORE GLUE
Add more glue around the end of the arrow shaft and the pen point. Press firmly and let it dry so it all holds together.
8. START WRITING!
Use your new pen to take notes, record SMART goals, write archery reflections, and doodle to your heart’s content.