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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.

DIY Cupid's Arrow Garland from Farmhouse38.com

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

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