i posted another valentine's diy a few weeks ago, but have another one for you. again, this one is so easy, you could even get it done before thursday if you choose to make it yourself!
a while ago, in a love*birds post, nora posted about how she loved these cute little arrows. i don't know why, because i wasn't really in the market for arrows, but i felt that i had to have them. i thought i could make them myself, and then never did, so when sunday came, and with it a ton of snow, the kids and i decided to stay in and got to work on making these beauties for papa.
we were going to use wooden dowels for the base, but henry, being oh so creative (i told you, i'm a proud mama), said to me, "mama, why don't we old-fashioned them up and use sticks instead?" one, i love him for his creativity, and two i love that he used old-fashion as a verb. so we used sticks. it ultimately saved us a few dollars and an extra trip to michaels.
so, here's what you will need:
sticks (or dowels), feathers, an exacto knife, thick thread (how many ever colors you want), heart-shaped wooden beads and a hot glue gun (not pictured)
i broke the sticks all to a similar size and went to work carving pointy arrows at one end. i worked very diligently on this, until i realized that a pencil sharpener would work better.
(so add that to the list of what you'll need, i guess.)
after i got the arrows
perfectly sharp and symmetrical acceptably sharp enough to fit in the heart-bead's hole, i let the kids run wild with the thread. i added a thin line of hot glue to the stick and we carefully wrapped the thread around the stick. (some more carefully than others.)
i then carefully cut each feather in half. some halves had to be discarded because again, i wasn't as careful as i should have been, but i was able to make it work with most.
i then applied another strip of hot glue, stuck two feathers on the end of each stick, and wrapped more thread around the base of the feathers to secure them in place.
i then put a dollop of hot glue on the heart bead and stuck the pointy end of the stick into it. we only had three beads, and ended up making five arrows, so two were just
perfectly pointy and symmetrical acceptably pointy and symmetrical arrows instead of hearts.
i found a cute vintage jar (i have literally hundreds in my house right now), and put all the arrows in it. i think it makes for a cute little decoration. what do you think?
do you have any great valentine's diys? i'd love to hear about yours (leave links or ideas in the comments below).