Revive Your Old Archery Target

Over time archery targets get warn out with the use of your practice tips but really take a beating when you decide to make sure your broad heads are hitting the same mark as your practice tips.

Being a frugal guy I always try to fix, rejuvenate or create an inexpensive or free alternate solution to any item that gives me sticker shock or if I just want to flex my creative/fix-it muscles. In this case, I purchased this target when I was halfway across the county and wanted to confirm my pins were still on after a bumpy ride. After a season of being fired at, I noticed that my favorite area to shoot at, the center, was permitting the arrow to pass mostly through the target and required an additional backing to let me feel safe when shooting in my yard and also allowing the arrows to bury the fletching.

Watch the Target Revival

View the video here or scroll down to read through the simple process.

Archery Target Revival


This is the process I use to make the target more secure and add new targets or patterns.

Warning, the result is okay for me, if you require "perfection" or "factory finish" you may scoff at my final product but this stops an arrow and gives me new circles to aim at in my own pattern.

Repair Items

What I use for this repair is my old target, a recycled old ratchet strap, black and florescent orange spray paint and a stiff sheet of card stock or in my case, half of a manila folder with a rough circle cut in it.

Targets of these types have a thin plastic weave fabric wrapped around it that holds the corrugated plastic layers tight together by sandwiching them between two ridged plates, in this targets case, oriented strand board of OSB.


This sheet of thin plastic will need to be cut most of the way through to remove and rearrange the layers of corrugated plastic. I cut the bottom corner from back to front and leave the front edge un-cut.


After cutting this sheet, you can easily pull out the layers of corrugated plastic and then re-stack them so the the warn out sections are no longer grouped together. You may be able to get the layers out without cutting the wrapping but getting them back in will prove difficult.


Spend some time to keep layers that have been sliced in half or into multiple pieces together while re-stacking.


After you are satisfied with your layering shuffle, squeeze the outer wrapping back around the layers and use a ratchet strap to begin to press it back together.


Once you have some pressure back on the target, place it on a flat surface and tap the face of the target as flat and even as possible. Once Flat, tighten the ratchet down.


At this point, the old target paint would be scrambled. Spray the surface with paint the same color as the corrugated plastic layers.

target spot

Now that the surface is one color, use the thick paper or cardboard with your shape cut out as a template, and spray on your preferred color in your preferred pattern.


With my pattern dry, I now have a target that will safely stop my arrows for another unknown length of time but when it stops feeling safe again, I will reshuffle, repaint and recycle again!

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