Often, it can be challenging finding crafts that will withstand brother battle attacks, cardboard box forts, and just plain old fun. When I found this link for these arrows of love, I was quite intrigued. (be forewarned that the Krokotak site is in Bulgarian, but it’s a goldmine of interesting and FUN crafts!). Plus, it is a very simple craft. All I used were sticks from the yard, craft glue, and felt. The original site called for yarn as well, but since i didn’t have any on hand, I just cut up longer strips of leftover felt to tie on the ends of the arrows. Did I mention this craft is 1) SIMPLE , 2) HARDY and 3) FUN. What more can you ask?
What You’ll Need:
- Sticks (we got both long and short, fat and skinny sticks)
- Craft Glue (I used Aleene Tacky Glue)
- Yarn (optional)
First, gather up your four year old. I mean, gather up some sticks. Cheesy four year old is optional.
Next, cut out some felt hearts. I found it was best to cut out hearts that had a deep V in the middle. You’ll need two for each side. (this is actually my older son. I just wanted to give him a shout out.
Put down one felt heart, some glue, then your stick. You want to glue your stick on the rounded side of the heart, away from the pointy end.
Next, put more glue on the side of the stick and on top of the stick (if you really like glueing, feel free to put it all around. My kids are glue minimalists though.) Then, put the matching heart on top and leave to dry for a few hours.
I cut strips of felt and tied it to the other end of the stick to make the arrow “fletching”. EASY PEASY LEMON SQUEEZY.
Voila! Heart stick arrows. These were made with our “big” branches.
How cute are they? Yes, we definitely could have used more glue, but they have been holding up with over a week of play, so I think we’re good to go.
Here are the ones we made from little sticks (and little hearts). I think we’re going to put these on strings with Valentines attached and give them to our neighbors. Aren’ they adorable?
My little one loves them as well. My boys and I give this craft six thumbs up! As a bonus, when you are struck with one of these cupid arrows, you fall in love. I hope you enjoy making them as much as we did!