Arrow Striping and Display Guide

Here are 5 different ideas for displaying your Arrow of light Award Arrows

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Arrow Display Idea Number 1
Embroidery Floss or Thread

Here is an idea that has really caught on over the years is using thread or
embroidery floss to decorate and add achievement Striping to your arrow.
Arrow fo light arrow done with Embroidery floss
Arrow of light done with embroidery floss

Details for applying the thread can be found here courtesy of Kearstin Brewer.
This idea also lends itself to using bead work for those that have access to multicolored beads.

Arrow Display Idea Number 2
Shadow Box Display
Another way to display your Arrow of light arrow is to use a Shadow Box.
Here is a sample of what can be done courtesy of  Steven Lee of Pack 681 in San Diego

Arrow of light Shadowbox Display

This Display utilizes the Vinyl tape striping kits reference Below, The embroidery Idea above can work here as well
 The 16"x20" Shadow Box can be purchased from a Micheal's or Hobby Lobby near you
My 25" Arrows are a perfect fit for this size box.
The clips to hold the arrow in place can be purchased here.

Arrow Display Idea Number 3
Coup Feathers!

Mark Lederer, Cub master of Pack 7178 in American Canyon California shared another idea.
AOL Hand painted feathers!

He used our Hand painted feathers
 He placed a wolf feather on the left -
Signifying from how they started in Scouts and
an eagle feather on right - signifying to where they are looking:  Eagle Scout!  Everyone was very pleased! 

Arrow Display Idea Number 4
Here is a Reject Plaque I donated to a local Pack,
Turned out real nice despite the Plug on the front Face that made it unsellable.
Fully decorated Sunrise Plaque
Plaques are a great way to display your arrow. 
You can make your own plaque like The one in Idea number 3 above or you can get on of my Pre-made Baltic Birch plaques.
I have 2 styles available starting at just $15 each

Arrow Display Idea Number 5
Leather Feather straps
There are also various methods for displaying your completed Arrow of light Arrow.
One Idea I came up with was to use a leather feather strap tied off on both ends of the arrow.
Short of nails, this is probably the least expensive method available
Here is an example of an arrow hung in this way:
Feather straps
I offer these Feather straps for only $6 Each
These straps can be cut in 2 to hang the arrow from a plaque as well!

Traditionally, Arrows were painted with achievements strips customized for each Individual
Here is a PDF File created by Keith Angle describing each color band, its width and significance.
This document also describes a plaque, which I approximated (See Idea 4) and a Sample Oath.

In the past couple of years there has been a move away from paint towards Vinyl adhesive strips.
These strips are quicker to apply and are relatively a cheap alternative to buying all the color paints
you would need for the traditional painted strips.   I do not carry these Vinyl strips, but for those of you that
would like to try this method, here is a link to the most cost effective and complete set of strips I have found:

I hope this helps stir some ideas for your own Arrow of light Display.
If you have any additional ideas on ways to Strip or display your Arrow of light Arrows, Please drop me a line and let me know what they are.

Happy Scouting!

Ed Hayden


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