Making cupid’s bow and arrows is a great Valentine’s crafts for kids. Hunter who is 5 had so much fun making it and playing with it because you can actually shoot the arrows with the bow. Riley and Emmy who just turned 3 were able to make one for themselves too and still had fun making and playing with them.
Materials Needed for Cupid’s Bow and Arrows
- Craft Popsicle sticks (they are wider than regular Popsicle sticks)
- Rubber band (optional)
- Children’s craft foam
- Glue gun/glue
- Tooth picks
- Drinking straws
Step One: Drilling Holes for Cupid’s Bow
Drill small holes in the Popsicle sticks (it is highly likely that some will split and be ruined so you will probably want to start with more Popsicle sticks than bows you plan to make. I started with five but ended with four).
Step Two for Cupid’s Bow and Arrow
Soak the Popsicle sticks in warm water for about twenty minutes (it’s still a good idea to soak all of the Popsicle sticks that survived the drill because some might break when bending them).
Step Three: Cut and Paint your Arrows
I wasn’t planning on making the girls bow actually be able to shoot so I took toothpicks and cut the ends off and the kids painted them while we waiting for the Popsicle sticks.
For Hunter’s bow I used elastic as the bow sting and needed something longer then toothpicks so we used drinking straws for his arrows.
Step Four: Bending the Popsicle Sticks
After the Popsicle sticks were finished soaking I bent them carefully and slowly and stuck them in plastic cups. I let them dry for about 20 minutes leaving them a little wet still to not break when attaching the bow string (I went down to three bows at this point as one snapped).
Step Five: The Bow String
For Hunter’s bow string I cut a rubber band in half and strung it through one hole and tied a new knots, strung it through the other hole, pulled it tight then tied a few knots to make it stay. This didn’t put enough curve in the bow because the elastic had too much give so I also tied ribbon on each end to keep the bow curved.
For the girls bows I just used ribbon and tied it on both ends. For Riley’s a did it the same as the elastic when I strung it though and tied it but for Emmy’s a wrapped the ribbon around the Popsicle stick a few times before tying it and that actually worked a lot better.
Step Six: Painting the Bow
The kiddos then took their bows and painted them.
Step Seven: Finish the Arrows
I had some left over read and pink children’t craft form from Christmas that I cut into small hearts. I then cut small feathers out of white felt and glued them with my glue gun on the ends of the toothpick and straw arrows.
We only had bendy drinking straws so we put tape over then bendy parts because the arrows kept bending when Hunter was shooting them.
Playing with the Cupid Bows
See a video of him shooting it :
There are not too many Valentine’s day crafts that older boys will enjoying doing, this one was great!
Although Hunter asked if I could make a qwiver bag for his bow that he can wear over his shoulder like Hawk-eye!
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