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Shot Through the Heart*


Wow, it feel like forever since I’ve been able to really post and with all my photos still sitting on a hard drive in the shop I feel like an angler without a pole.  Still, we’ve been crafting and making around these parts and last week we made these extra special Valentine’s for all the kids at the library’s story time.  

Hope you enjoy this how-to and that your Valentine’s Day is filled with love! 

*I am not and have never been a Bon Jovi fan, the phrase unfortunately fit the craft, please forgive me.


  • small chocolate hearts
  • skewers
  • hot glue and gun
  • hole punch
  • construction paper
  • markers
  • old book pages


I started off by cutting the points off of the skewers. 


Most of the kids we handed them out to were old enough to know better than to poke someone’s eye out but you can never tell.  So if you’re thinking of making this for a small child or a Valentine hater beware; lest you should lose an eye.


Next I cut the hearts out of construction paper.  I went old school and just folded the paper in half and cut half the heart shape.  I used a hole-punch in the middle of the heart before having the kids write their names on them.  You can see them in the picture above.

While the kids wrote their names, my older son and I made the quills out of old book pages. (Truth be told I had originally planned on using the pages to make treat cones but the kids vetoed that project and we settled on the arrows instead.) I don’t really know how to describe cutting the quills hopefully the pictures will help.


My oldest was also put in charge of the hot glue gun, he only burnt himself once and that was when I accidentally knocked it into his hand while trying to get a close-up. I guess that means I burnt him, whatever.


We sandwiched two quills around one end of the skewer.


After he glued all the quills onto the arrow shafts he handed them back to the kids who skewered the construction paper hearts and cut the quills to make them more feather-like.  See below.


Finally we glued the chocolate hearts onto the tips of the arrows. 


Be sure you have your paper hearts on the arrow first and be sure that your hearts are pointing in the right direction.  Essie kept her big brother in line.


We only had one mix-up.


Voila!  Valentine’s that girls will pretend are wands and boys will hit each other with!  Aren’t you so glad I told you about this? 


Erin Sipes
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  1. Those are adorable and seem really quick to whip up! I bet the kids will love them!

  2. These are too cute! I would love for you stop by and link up at my linky party via:

    Mrs. Delightful

  3. Great craft :) :) I actually found your blog via the mention on the RAising Jane blog of Maryjane's Farm Magazine...super fan, by the way :) :) Oh, and Im also Farmgirl Sisterhood Member #2176 :) Have a great weekend. Love and hugs from the ocean shores of California, Heather :)


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