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Arrow of Light Arrow and Plaque

I was the den leader for my son's Webelos den. There were 2 dens with Webelos IIs that just earned their Arrow of Light and crossed over to become a Boy Scouts. We wanted to put together a nice award to celebrate their achievement, but we didn't have a lot of money. What we designed was relatively simple and relatively cheap. We spent approx $15 per scout to create the below. 
 
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Step 3: Painting the arrow

There are many guidelines on the internet for painting but we used this pdf as a guide for the painting. http://arrow-of-light-awards.com/arrow.pdf. We did not use this guideline for the plaque

We created painting templates template for parents with their son's colors and had them paint the colors by placing the arrow over a couple pieces of Styrofoam and turning the arrow as they hold the paint brush. Here is an example.
fourpats5 months ago

I used this design for my den's crossover this month and they turned out really well. After a few attempts I discovered Minwax makes a gel stain that is thick enough that it doesn't bleed through. Only one coat of the hickory stain was needed. If you have access to a router I suggest beveling the edges as well...adds a nice touch. Thanks very much for the idea!

EagleZT1 year ago
This is a simple and cheap way to make a nice AoL award. How many coats of stain did you do? The first time I did this, I did three and it bled through real bad. I would recommend to those completing this 'ible to use painters tape with an anti-bleed through technology (scotch blue / frog tape). Works great and I got 2 nice coats on it.
alex00 (author)  EagleZT1 year ago
Thanks for the feedback. Our scouts were happy with them. I only put one coat on it and used masking tape. The walnut stain gave a great contrast with only one coat on pine. I did notice that if I did not press down firmly on the tape it would get under or find the gaps.