DIY - Rustic Arrows

Make your own arrows

Thanks again for all of your kind comments on my Valentine Mantel, I really appreciate each and everyone of them. These arrows were part of the mantel display, and as promised this post contains the instructions on how you can make them.

I went for a rustic look on my mantel, the old window, the crackled heart, the old patina on the beaded hearts... The arrows had to be rustic too I couldn't go for feathers and cute pinky stuff, but you can vary the directions to your own needs.

The materials you'll need:
  • Round dowels (¼ x 48) - Each dowel makes two arrows.
  • Paint -spray paint and/or acrylic paints.
  • Small section of air ducting
  • Scissors
  • Brush 
  • Hand saw
  • Hot glue gun
  • Gloves

Each dowel was cut in two (random lengths), mainly because I wanted my arrows to be proportionate to the art piece on the mantel. If you want smaller arrows you can cut each dowel in three parts.
round dowels used to make arrows

Then, they were all spray painted, you can use acrylic paints too, but I think it goes faster with spray paint. Two coats of brown and some yellow and orange specks were added to give them an old vibe.

air metal ducting used for craft proyects - arrowheads and tags

For the arrow-heads and fletching I used metal air ducting. I've been using this same piece to create tags for a herb garden and a wire basket, so I decided to use the same remaining material for the arrows. This material is strong but it cuts nicely with scissors, use gloves while cutting it.

metal air ducting used to make craft projects like arrow heads and tags

The corrugated edge gave some of the arrow-heads a really nice texture.

metal air ducting used to make arrows for Valentines

Bend each piece in half.

using acrylic paints to paint cupid arrows

Again, because of the rustic look I was going for, each metal part was painted gold and/or dark silver tones. Once dry, they can be hot glued by sandwiching two arrow-head pieces to one end of the dowel, and the fletching to the other end.

Make arrows to decorate your home for Valentines

As a final detail you can also add bits of color to the arrow shaft.

a diy sheaf of arrows to decorate for any holiday.

I like that they are strong. The pointy arrow-heads are not going to bend easily.

Arrows with metal heads and fletching for home decor.

They are now adorning my Valentine mantel, but they can be use in almost any setting.

arrows made out of metal and round dowels, a craft for home decor

The leather tassel accessory was recycled from an old lady bag. ;)

For more DIY Home decor ideas check these out:

metal tags made out of air ducting used to label herbs in a kitchen garden.

a beaded Christmas garland is upcycled into rustic hearts for Valentines.

Make your own wire basket on the cheap with chicken wire and a free printable metal tag

Thanks for stopping by!

Linking at:
My uncommon Slice of Suburbia, Savvy Southern Style, Stone GableFunkyJunkInteriors, French Country Cottage, Thrifty Decor ChickBetween Naps on the PorchTatertotsandJelloUncommon,


  1. Super duper arrows Cristina! perfect for all the beautiful heart wreaths you've been making!

  2. I love these arrows, I'll definitely be trying this as soon as I can find something to use for my arrowhead pieces!

    xoxo, SS

  3. Yippee! I so love these!! Great tutorial Cristina, and pinned, with a happy dance!

  4. Love these. That is a great idea to use the air duct materials. Very unique. :)

  5. These are just so darling! Pinning away! Have a fabulous weekend!

    :) Linda

  6. Congratulations on your heart art feature over at Funky Junk. When I saw her post, I just knew you had to be featured. Love your arrows.

  7. These are great Cristina! Arrow are my favorite Look right now.

  8. Why do so many of us love look of arrows? Wish I knew but do love them. These would have been so perfect in MT when I had western look in living room, had rugs, etc. Perfect place for it, sigh, still miss
    MT. We had 20 acres on Canyon Ferry Lake, can I go back please?
    These look like lots of fun to make, use imagination when decorating, great idea using air duct metal. I'd love to make those tags for garden, did you use same metal? So many fun ideas always, great blog. Happy rest of weekend

  9. I'm so glad you did this tutorial. I've been thinking about places I can put these arrows. So cute!

  10. Que bonito ese rincón con esas flechas y ese hermoso corazón .. Estas lista para san Valentín

  11. Love these arrows, your are one creative, classy gal!
    Happy Thursday!

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