Cupid’s Arrow Necklace DIY

Who doesn’t like hearts? I love hearts, in fact when I was 6 years old I wrote a song about how much I love hearts. The lyrics were very simple, but as long as you had an echo megaphone everything sounded awesome.

Today however, my love of hearts has led me to putting together this tutorial for this hearts on a string, Cupid’s arrow necklace. This project will take approximately an hour with some paint drying time.

You will need:

  • 4 2×2 in scraps of vinyl/vegan leather any color
  • approx. 2 and a half feet link chain
  • 6 small jump rings
  • 1 large jump ring
  • 1 clasp
  • needle nose pliers
  • Acrylic craft paint
  • mod podge or watered down craft glue for sealing
  • sharp needle for awl
  1. Draw out your 3 heart shapes with a pen on the back of your vinyl/vegan leather making each one slightly small than the other.

    Ugliest drawn hearts on the planet

  2. Cut them out.
  3. Draw your arrow shape on the back of your last piece of vinyl.

    Cute little arrow

  4. Cut it out.
  5. Grab your craft paint in your choice of colors. I chose the three primary colors red, blue, and yellow. I also chose to leave my medium sized heart brown and paint the arrow red.

    I am sucha mess maker

  6. Paint several coats allowing each one to dry. For the blue it only took 3 coats, but both the red and yellow took 6 or seven. [[[lots of waiting so go grab a cup of tea and re-coat during sips. (:]]]]]
  7. After you are satisfied with your colors seal the paint with mod podge or a little watered down craft glue.
  8. Then take your awl or sharp needle and poke holes in the center of the heart bumps and slightly off center on your arrow.

    Don't poke my heart

  9. Take and slip your jump rings through the holes you just poked, being careful not to rip the vinyl.
  10. Cut your chain into the length you want to go around your neck. Cut four short lengths making each cut a few eighths of an inch longer than the last.
  11. Thread the longest short chain onto the arrow and close the jump ring.
  12. Then go from smallest hear to largest putting the longest chain on the smallest heart.
  13. Take your larger jump ring and open it up. First thread on the largest heart, then medium, then small, then arrow. Slip on the long chain piece close to the center and close the jump ring.
  14. Lastly attach your clasp with a jump ring to one side and an empty jump ring to the other side.

I need to learn to stop talking when James is taking my picture.

There you have it! An adorable Cupid’s arrow necklace knockin’ ‘em all down. Go out there in the world and rock it.

Clever Plumage give away and sale – CLOSED


Thanks for participating!

I am hosting a give away from my Etsy shop, Clever Plumage. Here’s how one lucky winner can win the gorgeous hair piece above.

 Head on over to my etsy shop Clever Plumage ( , take a look at the shop and come back here, and post a comment about your favorite item in the shop. Don’t forget to include your e-mail address in case you win.

For bonus entries (separate comment  for each entry please, and don’t forget to include that e-mail address)

  • Follow me on twitter @cleverplumage, tweet the phrase below so I can count your vote plus you’ll receive a secret coupon code: I heart @cleverplumage Valentines sale! [[[Don't forget to come back and leave a comment letting me know you did this, so we can make sure it gets counted.]]]
  • Like us on facebook and say hello!

This give away is open to everyone and will run until February 5th at midnight!

Good luck everyone!

Recycling Day – Etsy Repurpose Round Up

Today is recycling day and I want to share with you some awesome shops on Etsy who reuse and recycle items to make incredibly beautiful things. Here is my top 10:

Check out this awesome coat made from recycled german postal bags. Amazing detail, it even has a hood.

These fish brooches are incredible. I love how animated they look, like they are actually swimming.

Pretty much in love with this stunning red colander light fixture.

 Gorgeous cuffs made from repurposed jewelry bits. Love the soft pinks and opals in this set.


This tunic looks incredibly cozy and comfy. Ahhh, I’d love to spend a whole day lounging in this. 

This is a pretty rock n’ rock kind of jacket. I’d love to rock it at the super market, just cause I hate the super market and maybe this would make it more fun. (:

 So in love with this refashioned Hmong Hill tribe textile purse. It look the perfect size for all of the stuff I love to lug around with me.

I am totally diggin this glorious map lamp shade and could really use one for my spare room to illuminate my world.

Um so this up-cycled feathered cowl shirt is just stunning. If I had one I think I’d wear it everyday if I could get away with it.

This locker bench with storage is pretty much the bees knees. It would be fantastic in an entry way for taking off snowy salty winter boots and hiding them away.

I hope you love these as much as I do. I encourage you to go and peruse these shops and other etsy sellers. Come back and let me know what other recycled, repurposed, re-used goodies you find and share in the comments below.

Happy Tuesday!