This post is sponsored by BYUtv and Forward Influence Network. All opinions are mine.

Recently I shared with you the family-friendly shows that you can watch for free right now thanks to BYUtv. We’ve been watching Dwight In Shining Armor and became inspired to set up a target practice area outside.

In several episodes, we saw targets set up on wood frames, on trees, and watched Princess Gretta throwing axes. My son loves being outdoors, takes archery lessons, and belongs to an outdoors club where they try a number of different things. One thing he hadn’t tried though was axe throwing.

So, we painted wood blocks to look like targets, just like in Dwight In Shining Armor, and I stitched and painted burlap for an archery target.

a boy holding an axe next to a handmade wood target

Before I share the tutorials though, let me share a bit about BYUtv and Dwight In Shining Armor.

About Dwight In Shining Armor

Photo: Dwight In Shining Armor

BYUtv air family-friendly shows for free which you can watch on your television, mobile device, or computer. We downloaded the BYUtv app onto our Roku to watch it on the television. This means we can also now watch it on the big screen outside when we connect the Roku to our outdoor projector.

Halloween is this weekend and is the perfect time to binge watch Dwight In Shining Armor. They had a Halloween special earlier this week and with Dwight helping to protect Princess Gretta from magical foes like witches, warlocks, warriors, and creatures it’s the perfect show to watch with the kids.

Kids watching Dwight in Shining Armor in their living room.

From today until November 19 join the Ultimate Watch Party. A new activity will be posted on the Dwight In Shining Armor Facebook page every Thursday. Post a photo of yourself or your household partying and use the hashtag #dwightultimatewatchparty by Sunday evening to be entered to win weekly prizes.

Are you ready to brush up on your target practice and help Princess Gretta and Dwight?

Dwight In Shining Armor
Photo: Dwight In Shining Armor

How to make your own backyard targets

What you need

  • Burlap – I used 1 yard to make ours
  • Wood blocks – any shape you can paint a target on
  • Paint and paintbrush
  • 3 1×3 wood boards approximately 80″ long
  • 1 1×2 wood board approximately 72″ long
  • 2 1/4″x2″ long bolts
  • 2 1/4″ nuts
  • 4 1/4″ washer
  • 4 1″ wood screws
  • Drill with a 5/16 drill bit (to make the holes)
  • Straw or fall leaves


The wood block targets were the easiest to make. We used a scrap of wood we found in the garage, and small round wood blocks that were in my craft supplies. I used a variety of plates, bowls, and cups to make the circles, and then painted them.

wood slices being painted like targets

We drilled a small hole in the small targets and hung them up with cord. The larger target we put against a bale of straw.

small targets hanging on a tree in a backyard

The archery target takes a little more work though. First, you need to assemble the frame which is self-explanatory from the images below.

a boy standing next to a homemade archery stand

Cut your burlap into two equal-sized pieces. Using serving trays, plates, and bowls as templates make your circles on one piece of the burlap. Paint them and set it aside to dry overnight. Sew up three sides of your burlap to make a bag. Fill the bag with straw or fall leaves, and then sew up the final side. Attach the target to the frame using a cord.

instructions for building an archery target stand
how to attach a burlap sack target to an archery stand

These DIY target practice ideas are sure to create hours of backyard fun for the kids. Just make sure they are always supervised and targets can’t be aimed towards neighbors.

a boy aiming a bow and arrows at a handmade archery stand
handmade burlap archery target

Don’t forget to tune into Dwight In Shining Armor on BYUtv. The whole family will love it.

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