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Pinterest Challenge: Thanksgiving Crafts

Published on NewsOK Published: November 19, 2012

It's a pretty cool project. You draw the trunk and branches of a tree, then create leaves by dabbing your finger into a fall-ish pallete of paints and pressing it onto the ends of the branches and along the ground, to make the leaves. You could substitute stamp pads for the paint, creating leaves with unique fingerprints instead of paint blobs. Choices, choices…

Mini Bow and Arrow

This was Dad's favorite. Mostly because I thought it was cool, yet I doubted it would work as described and thought I could make some design improvements. Which I did, somewhat. The main challenge is that the project involves bending a popsicle stick well beyond its design limitations. As a part-time carpenter, I know something about wood, and let me tell you, popsicle sticks are made with really crap material. Extremely splintery.

The construction is simple:

1. Notch the popsicle stick at each end, then soak it in water for one to three hours, and pat dry.

2. Tie a length of dental floss around one notch of the stick, knotting the string at one side edge.

3. Bend the stick into a bow shape and tie the floss at the other end, keeping the string to the same side of the stick as before.

4. Make each arrow by cutting off one quilted end of a Q-Tip.

The bow works surprisingly well; even a beginner archer can easily sail an arrow across the room. How cool will it be to sink an arrow into the gravy boat from the kids' table (guess where I usually sit)? I started with a colored stick from a crafty fun-pack thing, but the wood either broke during preliminary test bends or it chipped when I cut the notches for the bow string. So I switched to real popsicle sticks from the freezer. I also soaked some sticks for three hours—triple the recommended time. The stick broke when I tried to bend the first stick after soaking it in water for just one hour.

I was forced to get Medieval. I pre-bent a soaked stick around a…well, a ramekin. So maybe it was Medieval, Martha Stewart-style. Clamped up projects drying on the middle of the kitchen counter is an all-too-familiar sight to my wife.

It did made a nice bow shape, though.

The final embellishment of my project involved weighting the tips of the arrows with a small amount of candle wax. This helps keep the business end of the arrow out front for a straighter flight and a smoother trajectory. Smart (or sick) readers might make a connection between hot candle wax and flaming Q-Tip arrows. Just don't say I didn't warn you. But seriously, don't launch flaming arrows at the grownups' table. Or the cat. Or anywhere.

Thanks to Spoonful on Pinterest and The Crafty Crow on Pinterest and The Brooding Hen.

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