Oh, it feels so good to be back in action! The last few weeks have been busy, with the launch of Confetti Pop and then Thanksgiving. We spent the holiday in Colorado with Devon’s family, and my fashion photographer brother-in-law Adam Fedderly took some pictures of Aurora (and the three of us, as well!) that I can’t wait to get my hands on and share.
Today, I’m going to share an adorable DIY project that Elizabeth from Stockroom Vintage sent over. These are adorable decor details if you’re planning a Southwestern themed party, or even if you’re getting a jump start on Valentine’s Day! Side note: if you’re in the Nashville area, Elizabeth’s vintage rentals inventory is awesome – definitely worth a look if you’re party planning!
- 12″ Wooden Dowel Rods
- Gold Glitter Cardstock
- Washi Tape
- Acrylic Craft Paint
- Paint Brushes
- Hot Glue Gun
Wrap washi tape around the dowel rod, using scissors to snip off the excess for a cleaner effect. I used a chevron-print tape for a more graphic look. Starting with the washi tape provides a great straight-edged guide for painting the stripes. Paint bands of color around the dowel, slowly turning the rod with each stroke. Super straight lines aren’t required, but if you’re worried about keeping the edges clean, you can tape off the stripes with painter’s tape before painting. Once you’re satisfied with your stripes, place the dowels in a glass to dry with the painted ends facing up.
While the paint is drying, cut hearts from your glitter cardstock. You’ll need two hearts for the front and back of each arrow. I made a quick pattern to trace with leftover cardboard from a cereal box, but a die cut heart punch would also speed up the process. Whichever method you use, make sure the hearts are consistent in shape and size to avoid overlap in your finished arrows.
Use the rest of the drying time to trim your feathers to size. You’ll need two feathers of the same color for each arrow. Cut each feather in half down the spine. (Trim as close to the spine as possible, as the spine is the part of the feather you’ll be gluing to the dowel rod later.) Trim off the pointy quill end of the feather just below where the down portion begins.
Now you’re ready to begin gluing. Using your glue gun, place a bead of hot glue down the middle of one cardstock heart and adhere it to the bottom end of the dowel. Once it’s dry, line the edges of the heart in glue and place another heart on top of it, making sure to match up the edges. Press down along the edges of the hearts and hold until glue is dry, working to close any gaps.
To add the feathers, place a line of glue (the size of your feather’s spine) down one side near the top of the dowel where you’ve painted the stripes. Gently press the spine of the feather into the glue. Hold until it’s secure. Repeat the same step with a matching feather half on the opposite side of the dowel.
Images by Stef Atkinson Photography and Design.