Simple steps to make a mini bow and arrow

mini bow and arrow by nelliebellie. a tutorial for this fun little toy!

This mini bow and arrow tutorial is adorable!
I adore it.
This is one I had done last year.
I’m improving the post and pictures and bringing it back.
Because, it’s just too cool!

The list of necessary supplies:

popsicle sticks
fishing line (you can use floss, too)

Tools you need:
craft knife or other sharp knife
bowl of water

Okay. Here we go…

You need to soak the popsicle sticks in water for at least an hour…or two.
This makes them soft and bendable.
At some point during their soaking cut two small slits on each end of the stick.
Finish their soaking.

Now that they are nice and soft gently bend them into the bow shape.
I recommend that you start in the middle and work your way out.
If they don’t bend without breaking a bit, soak them longer.
I usually soak more then I need because I tend to not wait long enough and break one.
I don’t have patience.

When you have your nice shape tie the fishing line to one end using the notches to keep it on the stick.
Wrap it around a couple times then bring it down to the other side.
Wrap it around that side a few times.
Bring it back around the other side and tie it off.
I like to add a dab of hot glue just to make me feel better.
And then it feels like a legit project :).

There you have it…the bow.
Now the arrows are simply q-tips with an end cut-off.

I recommend putting little slits into the end of the “arrows” .
This gives the fishing line something to grab on to.
And its just cool.

 I like to draw some Native American designs on the bow.
Tie up the “arrows” with some twine,
pop the whole thing into a cute little bag I sewed up (you could use fabric glue…



mini bow and arrow: tutorial by NellieBellie



mini bow and arrow by nelliebellie. a tutorial for this fun little toy!

Isn’t that just the cutest!

Now, these really work. No joke. My son had them shooting across the room.
They do take a bit of coordination that this momma obviously does not have.
But…I think little boys are born with the ability to shoot arrows…

linking up this post with these happening places…

-Tatertots & Jello--the Frugal Girls-

Santa hat brownies.

NellieBellie: santa hat brownie

So, sometimes I have brilliant kids. Sometimes their stupidity astonishes me. If you have kids, grandkids, or have seen kids in the store…

you understand.

I recently had each of those moments.
at the same time.

My 9 year old desperately wanted a Kindle Fire. He seemed to be of the impression that if he had his own tablet he would be allowed to play games on it as often as he wanted.
that I wouldn’t enforce screen time.

silly child. but, that’s another story.

Anyways, we wouldn’t buy one for him. I know, mean parentsbut, if he saved his money,we said he could get one. $160 (or whatever it is) is ALOT of money for a 9year old.

His sister, the 14 year old, felt bad for him. She wanted to be a good sister, a hero. She wanted to help…or so she says.
I think she was just being brilliant.

She offered to loan him the remaining $60 he needed. He was sooo happy. She was sooo willing. I was unaware of any of this.

She shows up with a paper, and hands it to me.
“read this, you are a witness” she says to me.

“Levi hereby agrees to be my peasant until he has paid off the $60 dollars he owes me. He will do whatever I say, whatever I need to make me happy. He cannot complain or say no or I will take away his Kindle.”

I read. I gave legal advice to Levi that went like this…


He signed. He got the Kindle. He is finding cats, bringing tea, doing chores, giving massages. And decorating Santa hats for his sister.

brilliant and stupid.
in one fell swoop.

P.S. this same Levi is guest posting today at Fingers In The Dirt.
Yes, guest posting. And it’s adorable. Do this mom a favor and go read!


Santa hat brownies.

Santa hat brownies.


  • brownie mix
  • cool-whip (or white frosting)
  • sugar cones
  • red frosting
  • mini marshmallows


  1. Make brownies according to directions. Bake them into cupcakes. Cool.
  2. Frost the cupcakes with cool-whip or white frosting.
  3. Frost the sugar cones with red frosting.
  4. Put cool-whip or white frosting in the center of the cones (for added fun)
  5. Set the cone on top of the frosted cupcake with the pointy end up.
  6. Push a mini marshmallow onto the pointed end of the cone.
  7. Serve.
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