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No-sew Quiver and Macrame Arrows DIY

We love recycling cans into all kinds of things, like this adorable washboard or even these handbag planters. They’re also great for making this no-sew quiver full of macrame arrows.

Make this no-sew quiver full of macramé arrows for Valentine’s Day. It’s a fun gift idea and you can use it all year round in your home décor too. It only take an hour to make and you don’t need any fancy tools or equipment either. #VintageValentine #TinCanRecycle #ValentineGiftIdea #QuiverArrows #AcraftyMix #HomeDecor #MacrameArrow

The craft idea was inspired by our San Bushmen, who still hunt with a homemade bow and arrow. They are the most ancient tribe of Southern Africa, and some say the world’s oldest race. I don’t think our macrame arrows will make their hunting grade though 😀 but it is a fun gift idea for Valentine’s day, and you can use it as part of your decor all year round. The quiver full of macrame arrows only takes an hour to make and you don’t need any fancy tools or equipment either. Just some empty soda cans, a pair of scissors, and few other bits and bobs 😉

Make this no-sew quiver full of macramé arrows for Valentine’s Day using empty soda cans. It’s a fun gift idea and you can use it all year round in your home décor too. It only take an hour to make and you don’t need any fancy tools or equipment either. #VintageValentine #TinCanRecycle #ValentineGiftIdea #QuiverArrows #AcraftyMix #HomeDecor #MacrameArrow

And as luck would have it, this craft tutorial fits right in with this month’s IBC Vintage Valentine challenge. You can’t get more Vintage than ancient tribes right!!? 🙂

Soooooooo what’s the IBC all about?

The IBC, or International Blogger’s Club, is a group of bloggers from all over the world who challenge each other to make something using a common theme. Our previous challenge was all about Christmas and we turned a broom into a Christmas tree 😉 This month it’s all about love. I’m always surprised by how we all interpret the same theme in so many different ways. You can see what everyone else did with their Valentine’s challenge at the bottom of the tutorial.

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What you need for the no-sew quiver full of arrows

  • Cotton string
  • Laundry starch, Mod Podge or craft glue
  • Empty soda cans with their tops removed
  • Wooden beads
  • Leather cord
  • Drop cloth with a hemmed edge
  • Skewers
  • Hot glue and a glue gun

This tutorial is in two parts:

  1. How to make the macrame arrows
  2. How to make the no-sew quiver

We’ll start off with the macrame arrows.

How to make the macrame arrows

Real arrows are made up of three parts; a shaft, fletching, and arrowhead.  We’ll be using the skewers for the shaft. The arrowheads are made from a soda can and the fletching is a very basic macramé styled feather.  

Making the macramé feather or fletching

For the feathers, I cut 12 equal lengths of the cotton string for each arrow. Depending on the size of your skewers, you may need more or less.

Cut the string into equal lengths #VintageValentine #TinCanRecycle #ValentineGiftIdea #QuiverArrows #AcraftyMix #HomeDecor #MacrameArrow

Tie the string around the skewer, starting at the top and working your way down.

Making the macrame arrow flights #VintageValentine #TinCanRecycle #ValentineGiftIdea #QuiverArrows #AcraftyMix #HomeDecor #MacrameArrow

Push the knots together and add a small wooden bead to hold everything in place before separating the individual strands with the sharp end of another skewer.

Making the macrame arrow flights and add a bead #VintageValentine #TinCanRecycle #ValentineGiftIdea #QuiverArrows #AcraftyMix #HomeDecor #MacrameArrow

Brush mod podge onto the strands making sure to push the strands upwards away from the skewer. It looks more feather-like 😉 If you don’t have any mod podge, craft glue or starch will work too.

Paint the ,mod podge onto the macrame arrow flights #VintageValentine #TinCanRecycle #ValentineGiftIdea #QuiverArrows #AcraftyMix #HomeDecor #MacrameArrow

Once the mod podge dries, trim the strands a little to neaten them up.

Making the arrowheads

Use the skewer as a base to figure out how big the arrowhead should be. I drew a basic arrow on a piece of paper and folded it over to create my arrowhead template. Cut the shape out and fold it open.

Drawing up a template for the arrowheads using the skewer #VintageValentine #TinCanRecycle #ValentineGiftIdea #QuiverArrows #AcraftyMix #HomeDecor #MacrameArrow

Use a pair of scissors to cut a soda can open. Place your arrowhead template on the soda can and trace around the edges before cutting the shape out.

Cut the arrow heads from empty soda cans #VintageValentine #TinCanRecycle #ValentineGiftIdea #QuiverArrows #AcraftyMix #HomeDecor #MacrameArrow

Fold the cut shape in half so the shiny side of the soda can is on the outside. Insert the skewer stick and glue together. If you want to get really fancy, you can always try knapping your arrowheads instead.

Make this no-sew quiver full of macramé arrows for Valentine’s Day using empty soda cans. It’s a fun gift idea and you can use it all year round in your home décor too. It only take an hour to make and you don’t need any fancy tools or equipment either. #VintageValentine #TinCanRecycle #ValentineGiftIdea #QuiverArrows #AcraftyMix #HomeDecor #MacrameArrow #Sodecanrepurpose

How to make the no-sew quiver

RightyO, now for that no-sew quiver using an empty soda can and some drop cloth. You’ll need two basic measurements:

  • The circumference around the soda can + 2″
  • The length of the arrows + about 3″

Cut a rectangular shape from the drop cloth using the measurements above. Make sure that one of the shorter sides uses the seamed or hemmed edge of the drop cloth. If your drop cloth doesn’t have a hem, add an extra 1″ and use fabric glue to create one.

Use the empty soda can to estimate how much of the drop cloth should be cut #VintageValentine #TinCanRecycle #ValentineGiftIdea #QuiverArrows #AcraftyMix #HomeDecor #MacrameArrow

Cut two pieces of leather cord that are about three times the circumference of the soda can. We’ll use one of the cords to gather and close off the seamed edge of the drop cloth. The leather cord I used is quite thick and it didn’t fit into my threader thingy, so I had to come up with another plan. Fortunately, I have loads of jewelry wire that we use to make all kinds of things.

When you don't have a safety pin to thread the leather cord with, make your own #VintageValentine #TinCanRecycle #ValentineGiftIdea #QuiverArrows #AcraftyMix #HomeDecor #MacrameArrow

Thread the leather cord through the bottom edge of the drop cloth.

Thread the leather cord through the seam in the drop cloth #VintageValentine #TinCanRecycle #ValentineGiftIdea #QuiverArrows #AcraftyMix #HomeDecor #MacrameArrow

Place the drop cloth around the soda can and gather the bottom edge of the drop cloth as tight as you can before knotting the leather cord to secure. Fold the drop cloth around the soda can and use the second leather cord you cut earlier and tie it around the top of the soda can to keep the drop cloth in place.

Tie a piece of leather cord around the top of the drop cloth #VintageValentine #TinCanRecycle #ValentineGiftIdea #QuiverArrows #AcraftyMix #HomeDecor #MacrameArrow

Cut a few extra pieces of the leather cord (about twice as long as the soda can) and tie them to the top cord. Braid the cords together to form a strap for the quiver.

Plate or braid the leather strips to form the sling for the no-sew quiver #VintageValentine #TinCanRecycle #ValentineGiftIdea #QuiverArrows #AcraftyMix #HomeDecor #MacrameArrow

Tie the quiver strap to the bottom cord.

Tie the leather strips to the bottom of the quiver #VintageValentine #TinCanRecycle #ValentineGiftIdea #QuiverArrows #AcraftyMix #HomeDecor #MacrameArrow

Glue the top, folded edge of the drop cloth into the soda can.

Glue the drop cloth to the inside of the soda can #VintageValentine #TinCanRecycle #ValentineGiftIdea #QuiverArrows #AcraftyMix #HomeDecor #MacrameArrow

And that’s it. A no-sew, quiver full of macrame arrows.

Make this no-sew quiver full of macramé arrows for Valentine’s Day using empty soda cans. It’s a fun gift idea and you can use it all year round in your home décor too. It only take an hour to make and you don’t need any fancy tools or equipment either. #VintageValentine #TinCanRecycle #ValentineGiftIdea #QuiverArrows #AcraftyMix #HomeDecor #MacrameArrow

My sweet hubby made a bow to go with the quiver full of arrows. You can make one too by placing a long skewer in warm water and slowly bending it into a curved shape.

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Tie some string around the ends so it holds its shape and let dry. Wind a bit of the leather cord around the bow to finish it off.

Make this no-sew quiver full of macramé arrows for Valentine’s Day using empty soda cans. It’s a fun gift idea and you can use it all year round in your home décor too. It only take an hour to make and you don’t need any fancy tools or equipment either. #VintageValentine #TinCanRecycle #ValentineGiftIdea #QuiverArrows #AcraftyMix #HomeDecor #MacrameArrow

Pretty cool 😉

Make this no-sew quiver full of macramé arrows for Valentine’s Day using empty soda cans. It’s a fun gift idea and you can use it all year round in your home décor too. It only take an hour to make and you don’t need any fancy tools or equipment either. #VintageValentine #TinCanRecycle #ValentineGiftIdea #QuiverArrows #AcraftyMix #HomeDecor #MacrameArrow

Since the soda can arrowheads are quite sharp, I would keep them away from little people.

A close up of the bow and arrows made from empty soda tins #VintageValentine #TinCanRecycle #ValentineGiftIdea #QuiverArrows #AcraftyMix #HomeDecor #MacrameArrow

If you’re worried, you can adjust your arrowhead template to make a more rounded point or use thick cardstock instead.

A close up of the bow and arrows made from empty soda tins #VintageValentine #TinCanRecycle #ValentineGiftIdea #QuiverArrows #AcraftyMix #HomeDecor #MacrameArrow

If you like the idea of repurposing soda cans to make this no-sew quiver full of macrame arrows, don’t forget to pin it for later.

Make this no-sew quiver full of macramé arrows for Valentine’s Day using empty soda cans. It’s a fun gift idea and you can use it all year round in your home décor too. It only take an hour to make and you don’t need any fancy tools or equipment either. #VintageValentine #TinCanRecycle #ValentineGiftIdea #QuiverArrows #AcraftyMix #HomeDecor #MacrameArrow #sodacanrecycle

Oh and if you’re looking for some of the things we used, we’ve got you covered Disclosure: Clicking on the links below, means we may receive a commission from Amazon. But don’t worry it won’t come out of your pocket, and it helps us come up with more amazing craft ideas to share with you 😉

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And if you prefer to buy rather than DIY

Barnyard Designs Metal Arrow Wall Decor, Rustic Native American Wall Art Arrows 13” x 8.25”
Sale Naanle Cute Dachshund Dog in Bow Tie with Love Arrow Print Saint Valentine's Day Soft Guest Hand Towels Multipurpose for Bathroom, Hotel, Gym and Spa (16 x 30 Inches)
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Pssst, don’t forget the see what my friends from the Int’l Bloggers Club have done with their Vintage Valentine’s challenge. Their links should be down below.

IBC Vintage Valentine Challenge 2020

Unique Creations by Anita | Interior Frugalista | Northern Feeling

IBC Vintage Valentine Challenge 2020

Faeries and Fauna | A Crafty Mix

And as always, wishing you a wonderful, crafty week filled with lots of love. Thank you for popping in for a visit.

Made with love by a Crafty Mix

Categories:   Craft Tutorials, Holiday Crafts, Home Decor Crafts, Quick & Easy Crafts

Comments

  • Posted: February 8, 2020 18:43

    Katrin

    These are too adorable Michelle! I agree with Marie and everyone else, you always blow my mind with your creativity!
  • Posted: February 4, 2020 15:31

    Barb

    What a fun idea to make with the kids. I know my son would love to have one. He's always been fascinated by the old ways of hunting
    • Posted: February 4, 2020 15:43

      acraftymix

      Oh yes, a homemade quiver full of arrows would make a lovely gift for your son. I'm not sure how old he is but perhaps he can help out with making them?
  • Posted: January 27, 2020 15:08

    Samantha

    That's so sweet Mix. You are very creative. All your projects and craft ideas are so unique and different. I do a lot of pewter work and I think I'll use my scraps and off cuts for the arrow heads. I have to find something to do with them 😃
    • Posted: January 27, 2020 15:10

      acraftymix

      Pewter arrowheads would be perfect and not as sharp as the soda can one. Great idea Samantha, thank you 😘
  • Posted: January 21, 2020 01:36

    Anita Holland

    So cute, you have the most creative imagination. Love it.
    • Posted: January 21, 2020 05:16

      acraftymix

      Thanks so much Anita 😘
  • Posted: January 20, 2020 20:03

    Marie

    I say it every time but you two ALWAYS come up with the most creative ideas! It looks way more complicated to make than you show us it actually is. You rocked this challenge!
    • Posted: January 21, 2020 05:16

      acraftymix

      😊 Thank you, Marie and these arrows are really easy to make
  • Posted: January 20, 2020 16:19

    Leanna

    This quiver is so very unique Michelle and I love the all natural material look of this. So artsy and one of kind, it certainly has your design "stamp". Beautifully done
    • Posted: January 20, 2020 16:55

      acraftymix

      💞 Thank you so much, Leanna 💞

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