Do you have a mission in life?
Do you have a dream that inspires you or a passion that excites you?
Do you have something you go to bed dreaming about and wake up ready to talk about?
The answers to these questions can be your life’s arrow. The things you want your life to be pointed towards. I know I am in constant need for little reminders and encouragements that the daily grind, hard moments still count and are a part of a great, big and grander cause I want to be about.
These little DIY arrows are a fun decor you can make, yet a subtle way to be a daily reminder that the everyday moments and actions are life and part of a beautiful journey. I want to quickly show you how I made my arrows. If you want to skip this process, I have this set for sale in my shop 🙂
I started with some pretty fabric and felt pieces. You don’t need much, and this can be the perfect craft to use up some of your fabric scraps.
I cut my felt and fabric to create sweet ends and points for my arrows. This is a great way to mix patterns and colors. Your pieces could be all felt or felt on one side and fabric on the other. The big thing to note, is you need two identical size pieces for each part of the arrow. They create a front and a back as you will see in the following pictures.
I used hot glue to attach some feathers to the end piece of my arrow and then glued the identical size piece on top.
Once I had made a few of the end pieces of my arrows, I sewed all the identical size pieces for my arrows together. I could have just used hot glue, but I liked the look of the sewn pieces with stitches. The thing to be careful here is to keep an opening on the different pieces for a dowel rod or kabob stick (which are much cheaper!) to slide through.
After all my pieces were sewn, I simply started sliding them onto my wood kabob sticks and squirted in a little hot glue to hold them in place. They were done!
They were so fun to make! I am already dreaming of making more! There are so many possibilities for how to display these and the options for colors and patterns to use to create them.
Now, if you are like me, and create something you are excited about (and you voice it), your kids may want to get on board and create some too. After I made these arrows, my kids wanted to make some arrows. I adapted this idea to fun paper and just using hot glue for them. I created a stencil piece and let them trace and cut out their own arrow parts. I let my oldest hot glue his own arrow, while I did the younger three kiddos’ arrows for them. They loved being able pick their papers and place feathers where they wanted too.
This was such a quick little craft for them, where they got to use their imaginations and practice some easy skills like tracing and cutting. Reagan also decided to color hers. So, although it is the same idea, every arrow is different. Just like each of my kids are different. I love them! They have been enjoying flying these off the steps as if they were paper airplanes. Oh, to be a kid! 🙂
How about you? Do you have a passion that excites you? Something you want your life to be marked by? I hope you can make a little arrow or something that helps remind you daily that the grinding moments matter!