cupid’s bow and arrow

We’ve been pacing ourselves on the Valentine’s Day ideas, but then we keep adding things we want to make with/for the boys so we’re going to get it all out of our systems this week! Brace yourself. Today is a super easy make-it-yourself bow and arrow. Made with sponge tips and zero elasticity, so also super safe, too!Cupid's Bow & Arrow Here’s what you’ll need:

Those terrible bargain bin sponges that don’t work for dishes? They work great for this! Then a set of long skewers or dowels, a kid’s size hula hoop, rope (or a thick elastic if you want the arrows to travel farther.)
Bow & Arrow Tutorial


For the bow:

1. Cut the kid’s size hula hoop in half (Yay, you can make two, no sad little brothers needed!) Using a sharp knife or scissors, cut a 1/2 inch slit on either side of the hoop.

2. Measure rope or elastic and leave a couple extra inches on each side of the hoop. Tie knots in the elastic or rope (use a match or lighter to burn the edges of the knots so they don’t loosen or fray) and slide the rope through the slit, with the knot going into the tube. Do this on both sides and your bow is ready!

Cupid's Bow & Arrow

For the arrows:

1. Cut the sponge into arrowheads.

2. Use the dowel to puncture the sponge a little bit and then take it out and add some hot glue to the end. Stick the dowel back in and let it dry for extra security. Done!

Looking for more activities to get you through a case of the Mondays? A work of art that double as lunch, all-fruit popsicles with a special ingredient for teething babies, and bundle up for a gorgeous Winter picnic!


We finally settled on a hash tag for our DIY projects! It’s originality and cleverness may just blow you away: #smallfryDIY. We know, right? Don’t hurt ourselves. If you make any of the DIY projects you see on Small Fry, use that hash and we’ll be reposting your pictures!


  • alice
    February 3, 2014 at 7:40 am

    i love this! i just may have to do this for my son!

  • Maggie
    February 4, 2014 at 7:37 am

    Completely unrelated to the post itself–which is super cute–where is the “Eat More Plants” t-shirt from? Love it!

  • Jessica
    February 4, 2014 at 5:08 pm

    This is so stinkin cute!!


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