A couple of years ago the always inspiring Design Sponge posted an amazing vintage arrow craft, and i've wanted to try it ever since. Arrows being extra hot right now, and co-ordinating well with the True Love collection i just created, i decided this was the year. However I did need to do some tweaking... mostly because i am fairly certain my daughter's 2nd grade teacher would be slightly less than thrilled to have 25 children running around with sharp pointy objects on Valentine's day! But also i figured paper and washi tape would do the trick rather than feathers, glue, and paint, and be much less messy for my littles joining in.
unpainted wooden pencils
smallish felt or foam sticker hearts (2 per arrow)
patterned paper for feathers (i used the True Love papers!)
co-ordinating tags (free printable download!)
spray mount adhesive
xacto knife (or scissors)
1:: To start, download, print and trim the tags. 2:: Cut feather's from patterned paper using the template, or for you lucky crafters with a digital cutter (like a Cricut etc) and SCAL, use the cuttable svg file download. 3:: Adhere the rectangle tags near the top of the pencil (spray mount adhesive is my preference, but any glue will do), and then randomly wrap bits of washi tape hither and thither. 4:: Thread feather through top, and attach two sticker hearts to the bottom. 5:: Tie tag to arrow using baker's twine. 6:: Give to your favorite peeps!
Some advice, go for the stickiest washi tape you can find! a few of the options in my collection weren't holding on so well (which led to much swearing!). "Recollections" from Michaels is one i found worked well, as well as the MT brand (found at Paper Source).
if this project isn't quite for you, maybe a previous year's freebie is more your style. there's a sweet little candy box; an owl box; a lion lollipop valentine; a tea tag; a heart garland; and of course some paper "fortune cookies". (seems i kinda like crafting on valentine's day, ha!) AND, for an absolutely adorably delicious Valentine treat, check out the BasicGrey blog.
for an SVG cut file of the feathers, click HERE!