What do you get a twelve year old that would rather live in Middle Earth for Christmas?
You make them a PVC wood elf bow..
Now before you scoff at a PVC bow, stroll on over to Youtube and watch some guys building 50+ pound recurves, hence why I posted it in “Self Reliance”.
I don’t need anything that stout for my step-daughter yet, but I do need something that looks like it would kill an Orc and is fun to shoot. This was the tutorial I used https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=19jpEoOZKHI
I kept it light at a 20 pound pull, but I am amazed at how good the “faux” wood grain looks from just sandpaper and shoe polish.
If you are looking for a fun, cheap project that will get your kids outside slinging arrows, this is it. A heat gun, some PVC pipe, some shoe polish, and a length of string.