For this project, I made an arrow holder by re-using the base and carrying handle of a shoe holder. This was something my wife was ready to throw out and I quickly saw the potential for re-using several pieces.
This is an arrow holder project I made about 5 years ago, so I won’t have all step-by-step in progress shots for it unless I happen to come across some old photos.
Previous Arrow Holder Setup
Rather than having to put arrows back into the holster on my bow after each round, I had a piece of PVC mounted in the ground that was near one of my shooting locations. While this worked, it caused another area that needed to be weed-eated. Having it outside all the time would lead to bugs and debris getting inside, along with mud buildup during wetter seasons.
Inspiration for the Portable Arrow Holder / Carrier
One day my uncle came over with my dad for some archery. He brought one of his impressive long bows, but also had a portable arrow holder he made out of wood. This quickly gave me the idea to come up with my own solution.
The only material I used for this was some leftover PVC pipe I had, spray paint, an adhesive, and some caulking. Of course, there was also the remaining pieces of the shoe rack. I just removed the “basket” areas and everything else was re-used.
Assembly of the Portable Arrow Holder / Carrier
This was a fairly quick project, these are the steps I used to build it.
- Cut four sections of PVC to the same length
- Prep, prime, and paint the PVC sections
- Glue the four pieces of PVC together (I can’t remember what type of adhesive I used, but it’s been holding up over all these years.
- Apply some calking for a smoother finish between the cylinder (mine wasn’t perfect, but it gave a more finished look than without. Apply additional paint over the caulking (and PVC while you’re at it)
- Glue the edges of the PVC onto the base of the stand. In my case, I had to remove the handle to slide the PVC tubes onto the base. Let it cure and done!
Advantages of a Portable Arrow Holder / Carrier
- No need to leave something outside weathering, getting debris/mud, etc.
- Nothing in the way when it’s time to mow the lawn
- Hold more arrows than a traditional holster (plenty of room and segregation for multiple shooters too)
More Design Ideas
These are some arrow holders our local archery store had in the shooting range. A fairly basic wood base with PVC.