Love is in the air as we near closer to Valentine’s Day. Whether you want to spread the love or get the attention of your secret admirer, these DIY Cupid’s Arrows are the way to do it!
If you are not familiar with the story behind cupid let me embrace you. Cupid’s arrows signify desires and emotions of love. Cupid aims those arrows at Gods and Humans, causing them to fall deeply in love which is why the cupid boy with his bow and arrows is now one of the most popular love symbols. There is more to the story but that is the basic idea behind cupid’s arrows.
Since Valentine’s Day is a national holiday for celebrating love I thought making some fun cupid’s arrows was perfect! These are so easy and inexpensive to make especially if you own a silhouette machine. If you don’t own one, I highly recommend you ask your sweetheart for one because you can make so many neat things with them and they are addicting!
DIY Cupid’s Arrows
What you will need:
- Silhouette Portrait Cutting Machine
- DCWV Cardstock Paper (I used a gold design from their Christmas holiday pack)
- Pink and Red Heart Paper Straws
- Heart Arrow Design in the Silhouette Store (Design ID #54643)
- Tape or Glue
- Download the heart arrow design in the silhouette store and upload it onto your screen in the silhouette studio software. Once opened it should look like the image below.
- If you are planning on using 2 different cardstock papers (one for the heart arrow tip and one for the feather part) then you will want to right click on one of the images and click “ungroup”. You will then delete one of the images, cut it, and then replace and cut the other image. If you are using the same paper for both parts of the arrow you can skip this step.
- In order for the size to fit onto the straw you will want to resize the images. Resize the feather part to 2.389″ X 2.485″. Resize the hearts to 1.688″ X 1.829″.
- Cut your images using your silhouette. Make sure to adjust your cut settings to cardstock. I also like to slow my speed down to 3 and thickness down to about 25. Cut 2 of each pieces so you have 2 feathers and 2 hearts.
- Carefully place your straw through the slits of the feather part. Be very careful doing this step because the slits can easily rip and ruin your feather. Tape or glue the second arrow to the back side of the first so it is double-sided.
- Place the hearts with the pointed end facing out (like an arrow) and tape or glue these to the straw. Again glue or tape the second heart to the backside of the first. It will give the heart some dimension.
- You have now completed your Cupid’s Arrow! You can make as many of these as you’d like and shoot the on you love with them!