how to make a gilded arrow

Hello you amazingly inspiring people! The creatively brillz Kristin is back from The Hunted Interior today, to share a clever little project just in time for Valentine’s day! It’s great idea for all kinds of things… so without further ado… take it away, Kristin!

thin wooden dowels
oven bake clay (I used Premo! Sculpey)
card stock paper
gold spray paint
Open your clay, tear off a good piece & warm by rolling in your hands for a moment.
Mold the clay into any arrow tip of your choice.  The idea is for this to look handmade, so any shape you feel is right is!  Be sure to make your arrow thick enough to insert one end of your dowel in.  Once your arrow is your desired shape, insert your dowel & remove it to create your hole.  This will allow a space for you to adhere the dowel after your clay bakes.
Bake your clay according to the type you selected.  The clay typically bakes on 275 for roughly 30 minutes.
While your clay is baking, cut your card stock into your desired tail shape.  Again, be creative.  You will need two per arrow.
Add a bead of glue down the center of each of the two tail pieces & place on either side of your dowel. Press these two together.
Once dry, cut your “feathers” using your scissors.
Once your clay is baked & cooled, add a drop of glue on the other end of the dowel & insert into your pre-made hole.
Spray paint your arrow whichever color you desire… I of course used my go to color, gold.
 Arrows are everywhere right now!  Whether hung on a wall, placed on a shelf, or grouped in multiples in a vase, these simple gilded arrows are a Valentines decor item that can stick around long after the holiday is over.
x o – Kristin | the Hunted Interior

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Responses to how to make a gilded arrow

  1. Jackie says:

    Adorable! Perfect for a nursery too!

  2. Layla K says:

    This is a wonderful solution I’ve been searching for our mantel! :) so clever!

  3. Kyla F says:

    This is adorable! Thank you for sharing :)

  4. Pat says:

    Love it!! Thanks so much for sharing!


  5. I love this Kristen but of course I do, I love everything you do :) Hello Ashely! Hope all is well and you are enjoying the winter. Catching up today on visiting bloggers and saying hello :) Happy day rockstar!

  6. Becky says:

    oh thank you for this beautiful tutorial. I’m currently obsessing over arrows because of the verse in the Bible: Psalm 127: 3-5
    “3. Sons are a heritage from the LORD, children a reward from him. 4. Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are sons born in one’s youth. 5. Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them.”
    I’m currently pregnant with our sixth kid so I’d say our quiver is full. :) I pinned this so I can hopefully make them sometime.

  7. Julie K. says:

    This is a perfect match for upcoming holidays. Also I would use this gilded arrow above a fireplace or next to a bookshelf just to make it prettier. I love this little details in the house, that’s what makes the home so unique and special.
    Maybe I would use it as an actual arrow to point on something important on the wall or around the house.

  8. Brittany says:

    Thanks for the awesome tutorial! I made them for a bridal shower and shared them on my blog here: