This is the last of my ornament tutorials for my Brave inspired tree, then we’re on to the next one! When I was first crafting this ornament, I was like, “Wow, an archery target will be so easy to repurpose on other trees!” But now that I’ve given it like 10 more minutes of thought I can only come up with using it for a Robin Hood or Boy Scout/Girl Scout tree. Oh! A camping tree! It would work for that too!
Anyway, I love it on my Brave tree, and that it does a great job there!
Okay, here’s what you’ll need.
Cream, red, blue, and black acrylic paint
Tissue paper (I picked beige)
(Plus a drill and twine to be able to hang it.)
This tutorial is a lot of painting, so it lends it self to efficiently making multiples simultaneously. Start off by painting a cream circle. I chose cream because it’s less glaring than white, and I didn’t want it to draw all the focus on the tree. I also chose not to paint the cream all the way out to the bark because I wanted to stay with the rustic feel I had going with my tree.
While your cream paint is drawing, cut a skewer for each slice of wood. These will be your arrows! I cut mine about 2 inches long and with scissors. It takes a little sawing with the scissors, but it’s easier than trying to use a bigger tool to cut them and just having them splinter.
You’ll also want to cut out the fletchings for your arrow. The fletching, or those feathers in the back, are made out of your tissue paper. You’ll want to cut out two chunky Vs (I cannot think how else to describe them) for each arrow. The picture below might give you a better idea.
Using a little Elmer’s glue, sandwich one end of the skewer between the two chunky Vs. You’ll get a little extra glue around them, but it’ll dry clear so no biggie.
Time to add those circles for your archery target! I tried at first to find circular things around the house to trace and then paint over, but it was such a pain. So I got sassy and just free-handed those circles. Since I was following the template of the target from Brave, I did a black outer circle, a blue middle circle, and then a large red dot for the bullseye.
Hot glue your skewer to the bullseye (or outside the target if your archer had a bad day). Instead of having the arrow stick straight out, you might want to try gluing it at an angle. At an angle, when people look straight on your tree they’ll be able to see the shaft of the arrow better.
If you’re planning to hang it on a tree, drill a small hole in the top and a thread your twine through! You’re ready to go!