Arrow of Light award + Silhouette cut file

BC is one of the Webelos leaders in our pack.  Troop?  Herd of scouts?  Whatever…you get what I mean, right?

This means that the responsibility for making some sort of plaque for the boys receiving this award has become mine.  The pack/troop/herd gives the boys an arrow along with this award.  It was previously tied on with twine, but during my extensive Google searching, I saw some with cup hooks, which I liked MUCH better.  So, here’s what the boys are now receiving:

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(Last name blurred for bloggy purposes)

BC has a crate shop at work and therefore TONS of 1X4 scraps.  This is a 12” board.  I painted it a scouty blue (cheap acrylic craft paint) and then applied the Arrow of Light vinyl.  I’ve uploaded the Silhouette Studio cut file I created for you here.

I managed to get eight arrows on a 12 X 24 piece of vinyl, which runs about $2 where I get mine locally.

So far we’re in this free wood, paint I already had, plus 25 cents worth of vinyl.  The cup hooks come in a pack of 100 for just over $4, so another 10 cents there.  And then I add the boy’s name and the date in white vinyl at the bottom.  So far I’ve managed to just use scraps for this, but I’d guess you’re using 10 cents of vinyl for that as well.  Grand total?  45 CENTS.  Nice, right?

I mass produced them last week so I can just add names over the next little while:

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So, if you’re a Scouter in need of an Arrow of Light plaque, this is a quick and inexpensive one!


  1. This is awesome! We have a Life Scout and a Bear Scout at our house and love Scouting.

    Now I just need a Silhouette…

  2. I LOVE this. I wish my Scout had gotten something cool like this. Instead, they literally gave him an actual arrow. With a sharp point. And no name, or date, or anything. Oh well, his cub troop was kinda lame. That’s why I’m glad we moved him to an awesome Scout troop where he is currently thisclose to Life Scout.

  3. David just got called to be the 11 yr old scout leader. Do they do this arrow of light thing? Or is that a different age group? And what do you hang from the hooks? Sorry, I’m out of the scouting loop!

    • They get it at the end of Webelos, before they go into 11yo scouts. And they hang an arrow from it. I don’t really get it, but I guess scouts love arrows.

      • The Arrow of Light Ceremony is beautiful. The arrow has a meaning which is explained by the Order of the Arrow members during the ceremony. the Arrow of Light. Within the tepee of many braves, this symbol has an honored place. Its shaft is straight and narrow – just as the path that you should follow throughout your life. This tip points the way – the way to success in all that you do. It is pointing to the right – a symbol that nothing should be left undone. If it is within your power to do, see that it is done. And lastly, the symbol of the seven rays of the sun – one for each day of the week – to remind you that every day is a new day, a day to do your best in everything. A day to honor your country and your God, to do your Good Turn, a new chance to follow the Scout Law and to remember this: ON MY HONOR.
        If you search for the meaning of the arrow, you’ll find it very motivational for the webelos crossing over to a troop.

  4. Thanks for sharing. I will have a webelo this week. Filing for the future!

  5. The Arrow of Light is the Eagle of Cub Scouts. It IS a BIG DEAL! Those boys work hard. I love your idea and as the Cubmaster I will now be making these. Thanks for the great idea!

  6. How do you print this long vinyl on a Silhouette? Do you need a cutting board that long too? Just trying to figure it out. Thanks for the help.

    • Char @ Crap I've Made says:

      I have the Silhouette CAMEO that cuts up to 12″ wide. If you have either the SD or the Portrait, you could just rotate the cut 90 degrees and cut it that way. Hope that helps!

  7. I’m a little late to the party. I’ve downloaded the Studio file, but when I open it in Studio, there doesn’t appear to be anything there. Am I doing something wrong? Any help would be appreciated. Thank you!

  8. Nevermind. I had an older version. Once I updated to the current version, it read up just fine. Thank you for the wonderful tutorial and for the cut file!

  9. Where do you get your vinyl? Is it a chain? Just curious where else to find besides michaels or Joann’s and I like the idea of sheets vs rolls.

  10. Hi! Great project that we’d like to do for our Cubs, but I’m having trouble downloading your studio file. It’s sending me to a spam-type download site. Any chance I can get the file a different way? Thanks!


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  13. Heather says:

    Could you tell me the exact dimensions of the wood? I have to make few of these this week, but I don’t know how big to cut the wood.

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  15. Hi! Your Arrow of Light awards are awesome! But I don’t have a Silhouette. I was wondering if you sell the vinyl cut-outs or the completed projects. I’m looking to keep my cost reasonable. It looks like I’ll be needing 5 Arrow of Light awards next spring. But it’s not to early to start planning ahead. I live in Missouri if you are looking at shipping rates. If we could strike a reasonable deal I could mail you a check before you ship to me.

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  17. I do not have a silhouette machine. Does anyone know where I could purchase these precut?

  18. Thank you for posting this! And thanks for the silhouette file, I really appreciate it. I am a new cub master and I will be making these for our Arrow of Light awards.

  19. Hi, I am needing to make 4 Arrow of Light Awards, but I am having a hard time downloading you file. Could you email me it?

  20. Is there a better location where I can download this file? This link doesn’t appear to be good and just leads to a lot of adware/malware.

    Thank you.


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