There’s a Michaels right next door to where I live, so every now and then, especially around the holidays, I get to embrace my inner Martha Stewart. I used to design lamps, so being crafty and creative is part of who I am. And now that I have four beautiful and artistically-gifted children who love crafts just as much as I do, I can show them my creative and imaginative mom side!
And since this Valentine’s Day my kids won’t be able to pass out cards or candy to friends and classmates, I wanted to make sure they still got to do something fun and creative. We get together as a family and make crafts for every holiday, and I didn’t want this Valentine’s to feel any different. So I announced we were about to go on a mission to make DIY Valentine’s Day crafts for Cupid. It was up to us to locate the best sticks and twigs our neighborhood had to offer. With a little glitter and glue, we were going to turn the twigs into Cupid’s arrows!
In Roman mythology, Cupid is the son of Venus, the goddess of love and beauty. He’s often depicted with a bow and arrows to pierce hearts and cast a spell of love.
Everything You Need
- twig and sticks (as many as you would like to make)
- felt in different colors
- tacky glue
- white marker
- Erin Concern note cards or heart tags
- sharp scissors
- gold-tip feathers
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The oldest record of a valentine was a poem Charles Duke of Orleans wrote to his wife when he was imprisoned in the Tower of London in 1415.
Find Your Arrow Twigs
First, you need to go on a stick hunt with your kids. I took all four of them and they were so excited just to get outside and to be part of the search. We compared sticks and twigs and only kept the best for our project. We brought our big red wagon that we have had for ten years so we could throw the sticks into one big pile.
Sorry men, it looks like you’ll be spending twice as much as women this year on gifts. The average man spends $130 on Valentine’s Day, while women spend about $70.
Discover Your Inner Martha Stewart
After you find your perfect arrow sticks, go to your local craft store (or buy online) and pick up everything else you’ll need. In past years, I let the kids search the store for all the accessories they wanted to add and pick out the colors of the felt for their arrows. But get creative! You could wrap your twigs in colored twine to give it a more decorative look.
Another fun thing to do with the kids is to add shapes on the twigs with markers or paint. Or sprinkle the entire twig in a healthy dose of red glitter! Whatever you do, make sure you have fun adding your own personal flair to the arrows. We liked how white dots looked on the sticks and my daughter Dylan had to have gold-tip feathers.
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Don’t forget about your pets! Every year, around 9 million people buy their pets a Valentine’s Day gift.
Time to Get Crafty
Once you’ve got your supplies and a big bundle of sticks, clear out a big space for this family craft. I let the kids start with their favorite three sticks and I cut the triangular-shaped arrowheads for them. Felt can be a little tough, so I used hair cutting scissors, which easily got through the thickness of the felt. (If you have heavy-duty scissors then those will work too.)
I also cut the back feathers in whichever shape my kids wanted. To add more texture, you can even add a little fringe to make it feel more like a feathered arrow. I put a few pieces of felt together and cut out the shape, while my children glued the felt onto the twig.
Teachers receive the most Valentine’s Day cards, followed by kids, mothers, wives, and girlfriends.
Have Your Kids Make It Personal
Have your kids choose their favorite notecards and punch a hole in the top corner to tie it to the twig with twine. Or attach a tag and write a little personalized love note!
We wrapped the twine on the twig with over five inches in length to add more color and fun. We also used personalized stickers on their note cards, which my kids loved. They loved adding elements from my Erin Condren box of tricks.
Who says you can’t be your own Valentine? In 2015, 18 percent of women sent themselves flowers.
How to Make It Work for Your Family
What Worked: Giving each kid a job. They love having responsibility for something and rewarding them with a simple: “That looks great!” goes a long way.
What could have been improved: Letting each kid pick the way they want to decorate the branch instead of me saying white dots. Let them pick and choose how they want to decorate. (Even if it’s not traditional Valentine’s Day colors!)
While your kids might not be able to pass out Valentines to their friends and classmates this year, we are continuing to practice acts of kindness in our home. And these Cupid’s arrow crafts are such a fun way to do it!
I would love to hear from you. Let me know what you would add to these arrows to make them even more fun!