Simple steps to make a mini bow and arrow

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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!

necessary supplies for the mini bow and arrow:

popsicle sticks
fishing line (you can use floss, too)
q-tips.

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…

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