Cupid’s Arrow Garland

DIY Cupid's Arrow Garland by Farmhouse38.comThe Valentine’s Day crafts have exploded glitter and little red and pink hearts all over the house. This is just the way it has to be.

This cute little garland is definitely largely to blame.

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Teeny, tiny arrows…but what happened to the teeny, tiny bows? We may never know.

So I started by collecting a bunch of twigs from my cedar trees in the backyard.  I chose sticks that were roughly an eighth of an inch in diameter, more or less.  When I had found enough of these, I washed them (sticks are DIRTY, it turns out), and then cut them down into 2-1/2 to 3 inch lengths.  I cut approximately 45 little pieces. And then I laid them out to dry and get a tan.

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This looks super OCD. Because it is.

While they dried, I went to work making my little hearts.  Now, I know there are lots of crafty options for making these little guys easily(hole punches, scrapbooking bits and bobs), but I never do things the easy way, it seems.  And I just wanted to make these from stuff I had sitting around at home–so that meant I traced and cut out each little heart by hand.  Using a random notecard, I drew my first heart and cut it out to my liking, and then used that to trace 44 more.  A little labor intensive, yes.  But worth it because I didn’t have to drag my butt to the craft store.

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This didn’t take that long to do. I swear.

After I had cut them all out, I spaced them out on a piece of tinfoil and slapped some red paint on them.

While those dried, I gave the tiny sticks each a rough coat of white paint–not quite a solid coat so that they had a white-washy kinda vibe to them.

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Painting sticks is fun. I promise. You might want to wear gloves.

Next I needed feathers…where to get some feathers…?

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Oh, of course! My gatherings from the Great Chicken Molt of 2013.

I then cut each feather down into a sort of chevron shape (each feather yielded me two little arrow tufts), and then laid them out on tinfoil and slathered varying hues of acrylic paint across them.  Again, it’s a lot easier to just go and buy colored feathers from the craft store, but what else was I going to do with all these darned chicken feathers? (Don’t worry, more crafts!)

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Let these dry just a tad and then carefully peel them up from the tinfoil so that they don’t get super stuck. Or save yourself the trouble and go buy feathers from Hobby Lobby.

When that had set, it was time to assemble the arrows.  Hello, hot glue gun!  I simply hot-glued a heart and a feather to each little painted stick.

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They looked so adorable all lined up on this Gershwin & Gertie chalkboard that I almost wanted to glue them down and call it a day. But I did not.

It was at this juncture that I decided my little arrows were in serious need of some glitter.  So I gave each heart another coat of paint and a healthy dusting of red glitter and then let them set.

To assemble the garland, I used thin, galvanized, craft wire, which I wrapped around the center of the first arrow shaft a few times (you can super-secure this by hitting the wrapped wire with a dot of hot glue, but I didn’t need to do that).  Approximately five or so inches down the wire, I did this with the next arrow, and so on.

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The spacing and quantity of materials I used yielded me about 14 feet of festiveness.

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Oh, I am just getting started on the Valentine’s Day fun…never you worry. 🙂

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19 thoughts on “Cupid’s Arrow Garland

  1. Ellen C January 31, 2014 at 2:45 pm Reply

    So cute & creative! Thanks for the tutorial – just a few of these would make an adorable topper for a wrapped package. Love that you used materials on hand!

  2. Lindsey January 31, 2014 at 3:11 pm Reply


  3. Katie/Maple Grove January 31, 2014 at 4:50 pm Reply

    You are so crafty and fun! These Cupid’s arrows are just adorable!

  4. Becky Neville January 31, 2014 at 4:57 pm Reply

    I seriously want to thank you for today’s belly laugh…It happened here: (“This looks super OCD. Because it is.’) I’ll be seeing you on HGTV before long, I’m sure of it!

  5. Maureen January 31, 2014 at 6:23 pm Reply


  6. cindyricksgers February 1, 2014 at 12:02 pm Reply

    Very sweet! Seems I always do hings the hard way, too, but I think there’s a bigger sense of satisfaction and a lovelier, truly hand-made product when you’re finished.

  7. Christie February 1, 2014 at 1:37 pm Reply

    This is seriously way too cute. I probably won’t make one of my own because PAINT and GLITTER and FEATHERS are things I don’t have in my house right now, but I can certainly look at your beautiful photos and appreciate! 🙂

  8. Cate February 1, 2014 at 11:22 pm Reply

    Absolutely genius! My mind seems to be teeming with ideas by the gazillion right now for some reason, but I NEVER would have thought of this. TOO cute, darlin’.

    Cate <

  9. […] our yard is under 3-6 foot snow drifts, and so sourcing the free twigs might be tricky, I think this craft looks kid safe, do-able (even for me!) and […]

  10. Dress The West February 4, 2014 at 7:29 pm Reply

    No snow here in Arizona! My wife would love this for our Valentines day so I’ll be sure to show her this post.

  11. Cupid’s Arrow Heart Wreath | Farmhouse38 February 11, 2014 at 4:28 pm Reply

    […] and goodies to try to squeeze in before it’s here! This one is a natural companion for the Cupid’s Arrow Garland. Same little arrows (see how to make them here), all clustered together on a DIY wire heart […]

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