Justina Blakeney - The Jungalow

thejungalow.com · Feb 6, 2015

Nicole’s DIY arrows


Given it’s the month of love, I thought of making a simple DIY project that you could give as a gift, use at home or even put in your hair, straight from Cupid’s bow.


Use an exacto knife to slice through the middle of the feather’s ‘spine’ (that’s what I’m calling it…) and gently pull apart. Then tidy up the shape of your cut feathers and make sure they are all the same size. The feathers on an arrow are known as fletchings and a conventional arrow has a 3-feather fletching. An artisan who makes arrows from hand is called a ‘fletcher’, so that could be you!


Place craft glue along the edge of the feather’s spine and carefully place on your painted chopstick; do this for three feather pieces spaced evenly apart around your arrow.

They look really great as a decorative object at home, put them in a jar, vase or put them on your wall!


Wear your ‘hairrows‘ in your hair…he he.


Wear both or just one, in place of a hair elastic or the humble pen.

What you need:

Wooden chopsticks
Acrylic paint
Exacto knife
Feathers – you will need two for every stick.
Craft Glue

What you do:
Paint and embellish your chopsticks any way you’d like. I painted mine with acrylics, then added metallic details with a gold and silver permanent marker.
Slice your feathers down the middle.
Trim feathers so that they resemble fletching.
Glue 3 of your trimmed feather pieces evenly spaced around one end of chopstick.
Let dry.
Wear in hair, place anywhere at home or give them as a handmade gift!

{Project by Nicole Valentine Don for Justina Blakeney est. 1979.}

For more Nicole, visit her blog and follow her on instagram.
Photos by: Fiona Galbraith

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