I’ve been eyeing decorative arrows for a few months, but as usual, every time I start perusing Etsy, I can’t bring myself to drop that much cash, despite the fact that some of the options are truly amazing. I’ve been racking my brain trying to come up with a way to DIY some of my own, and this is what I came up with. I’d be lying if I said that I wasn’t in love with them. I think my favorite part is how imperfectly perfect they are and they were sooo easy!
Oven dry polymer clay
Gold spray paint
I started by rolling out the clay and cutting it into two identical triangles. You’ll need to play with the clay a little before rolling it out to get it soft.
After cutting the triangles, pinch them together around the sides–like you’re pinching a pie crust. I sort of pinched and folded to get rid of the blunt edge left by the knife when cutting, and so there wasn’t a seam. Doing this while it’s one the stick also ensures that the hole is the right size to put it back on after you dry it.
Once the clay is molded, carefully remove it from the stick and place the arrow heads in a 300 degree oven for about 20 minutes to dry and harden.
I spray painted mine gold, because…you know everything needs a little touch of gold around here.
To dress them up a little, and because I can’t get enough of things wrapped in color-blocked string, I added a little embroidery floss.
To wrap them, tape one end of the string to the stick, wrap it tightly, then repeat until you get to your last color. When you get to the end of the last color, put a tiny dab of hot glue down and press the end of the string into the glue.
And there you have it. Beautifully imperfect arrows, perfect for a fall mantel. Or all year really. I’ll be sharing my full fall mantel later this week!
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