Step 3: Paint and Sand

Find some blue and yellow paint. Paint in the arrow and light beam. You don’t have to be too careful because the excess will be sanded off.

Keep in mind that the paint will seep into the grain along the edge just a tiny bit. You’ll get a clean edge with a sander but it’s not going to sharp %100 sharp due the nature of how pine soaks up paint.
<p>Awesome! Great job.</p>
<p>Here are the plaques we made for our boys, we are very proud of them. </p>
<p>Thank you for this post, it was very useful. This was a great reference to use in making the router template to cut the plaques that my graduating cub scouts are going to get this year. Thank you Again from the leadership at Pack 224. Hope to see more posts from you in the future.</p>
What the heck??? who would need this????
<p>Anyone who was looking for a nice plaque for an Arrow of Light Award. Before you become a Boy Scout (Middle school and high School Age) you are a cub scout. The highest rank you can achieve as a cub scout is your Arrow of Light. </p>
We just had our Arrow of Light ceremony and I couldn't have been more happy with the outcome. The total cost was $15 per plaque. <br> <br>I purchased bone arrowheads and sinew from ecanyons.com and Flu-Flu fletches from 3riversarchery.com. That made the price for the arrows around $8, but I really like how they came out. <br> <br>I could not have made the awards without your Instructable. <br> <br>Thanks!
I remember reading this comment through my email but I just now saw your pictures. You did a great job. The arrows turned out very nice. I'm glad this was of help to you. Thanks for sharing. Brent
Fantastic. I've got 9 scouts crossing over in a couple months and I wanted to build them the awards instead of buying one. This fits the bill nicely. I might try to fletch some real feathers on the arrow, but the blue and gold looks nice too.
Those are gorgeous! You should be very proud, and I know it will be a memorable event for the boys. If they were like me, they'll hold onto that award for a very long time. Nice job.
Thanks Kozz
Spray the routed arrow &amp; light beam with clear acrylic first to prevent paint seepage
That's a great idea. Thanks.
These are great, a lot better than the tacky awards I see at some cross overs. Still, I gotta say, mine is better. Back when I was a Webelos there was a guy in our patrol that was a Cabnet Maker, and he had a CNC in his shop. He cut out the award on really high end walnut then routed the shapes on the CNC much like you did above, then had metal plaques engraved and mounted to the board, then each scout made their own arrow and attached them. It was good fun and is a treasured keepsake. Still hanging on my wall.<br>Great instructable!
We have an Arrow of Light at Pack Meeting this next week. It reminded me to fix the award shield (30 year tradititon for our Pack) and get it off to the Cubs parents. I also need to finish his arrow to hold the shield. Thanks so much for the reminder. And very good job!
very cool! im the senior patrol leader of my troop and im going to a cross over tomorrow for the cub scouts
That's awesome! I bet they loved them. I would have been very excited to get such a fancy award when I was younger. :)

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