project: leather arrow necklace
Arrow necklaces are not a new thing here (see my previous three ideas), but I still can't get enough. This one is made of leather because, well, I found a scrap of it and wanted to put it to use! It also pairs quite well with the red-orange dress that I just ordered, and that makes it perfect for Valentine's Day! (Not that I have a date or anything...I'm just prepared.)
If you're not up for leather, a synthetic would work for this, as would felt. But I will say, I like how the leather has a sturdiness to it, plus leather and classic archery kinda go together, right?
Here's what you need:
Necklace chain (I recommend 18")
Clasp (if your chain doesn't already have one)
Arrow template PDF
The template for this is pretty small compared to a piece of paper. I recommend opening the PDF on your computer, sizing it how you want on screen (mine is 3 inches wide) and tracing it onto a small piece of paper. Then, cut out the arrow and trace around it on the back of your leather scrap.
Cut out the arrow shape. Regular scissors should do the trick...I just don't recommend using your good scissors for this!
Use the push pin to poke two holes in the arrow: one on the edge of the point, and one on the edge of the fletching. A sharp needle will also work for this, but I find the "handle" of the push pin makes it much easier to get it through and wiggle it around to open the holes.
Carefully open the jump rings and place them through the holes in the arrow.
If your necklace chain is one piece with a clasp already attached, cut the chain half way, and attach each end to the rings. If you have a plain chain like I did, you'll need to cut the chain, attach it to the arrow, then add a clasp.
Whether you've been shot with cupid's arrow or just enjoy this simple shape, you're now ready to sport your new necklace!