Isn’t this such a surprisingly chic project? I got my hands on a couple of vintage arrows and have been dying to DIY with them for months! Of course these arrows came to mind when I was brainstorming Valentines projects this year. What started as a simple vintage find became this ginormous God’s eye. The finished DIY really reminds me of some of the Native American-influenced crazy tapestries of the 1970s. I imagine this on the wall of Cupid’s swinging pad back in the day.
2 vintage arrows (Mine are from Chicago’s Modern Cooperative.)
1/4 yd. red fabric
1/4 yd. white fabric
Make fabric yarn
Cut all of your fabric into one long, continuous strip that’s about 3/4 inch wide. When you run into a corner, just make a right turn and keep cutting. The odd edges make the finished piece look super cool.
Holding the ends of each fabric strip together, wind the two colors together into a ball, just like a ball of yarn. Don’t be afraid of fraying the edges of the fabric as you go – just like the weird ends, the frayed edges look awesome!
Wind your God’s eye
Lay your arrows so they form an X. Wind your fabric “yarn” around where the arrows intersect a few times.
When the end of the fabric is secure, wrap the yarn around the back of one spoke of your X. Bring it around and over the next spoke of the X as shown.
Again bring the yarn around the back of the second spoke.
Then bring it around the front of the second spoke and around the front of the third spoke.
Bring the yarn around the back of spoke 3. See the pattern? You wrap the yarn around each spoke from the front to back moving outward in a spiral.
And here’s that process animated. Just because :)
And when you get to the end of your yarn or the ends of your arrows, whichever comes first, just tie a knot and trim any excess fabric. This is what the back will look like, in case you’re curious:
As you can tell from my vision for Cupid’s fantasy pad, I’m a little weird, but so is my home decor style. I’m totally going to make two more of these – one yellow and one blue – to hang on a large, lonely wall in my living room begging for some bold primary colors. What fantasy (or real life!) room might you put this DIY in?