DIY Arrow wall art.

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Last weekend I gave the gallery wall going up the stairs a bit of an overhaul – blog post here, if you missed it- There are still a few little gaps that need filling, and with so many frames already up there I wanted to fill them with something different. I’ve been scouring the internet, keeping an eye out when I go shopping, but nothing has really jumped out at me yet. Until I saw a placard printed with arrows, I liked it, it goes with one of the smaller prints up there. But I thought of one better, one that would fit the slope of the stairs perfectly. An actual wooden arrow. There are quite a few ready made tutorials up on Pinterest, but I kind of already had an idea of what I wanted, I also wanted to use anything I already had around the house… so its made from two old bed pallets.

 

Here’s what else I used. 

2x leftover bed pallets planks.

glue gun

string

wood stain

copper spray paint

*obviously the last three are completely optional, you decorate it up however you want.*

 

And here’s what I did. 

First, I sketched out some triangles (for the head of the arrow) on some paper, I cut them out and had a little play around, until they fitted together nicely. I did this around three times to get the right size head, I wanted my arrow to be 70cm in length, the length of the middle had to keep in proportion with the head and the wings. It was a little fiddly, but the hardest bit.

Once I had my paper triangles, I traced round them straight onto the wooden planks. My whole plan for the arrow was to have a little rustic, so perfectly drawn lines wasn’t necessary. If you want to go for a more geometric, clean cut version, you’ll have to put a little more effort into keeping everything perfectly straight. As well as the triangles I needed a long strip which would be the body and two wings.

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Next it was time to pass over my planks to Sam. I can’t use a saw, certainly not a high powered one that could cut my fingers of in a millisecond. We did have my first lesson in building up the confidence to use it on my own though, I pressed the button to turn it on. Thats as far as I can go right now! ha.

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Now I had all of the pieces needed, It was tine to stick them together. Because i’m using such a lightweight wood, my trusty hot glue gun is fine. If it was a heavier wood something stronger would be needed.

I played around with the triangles until they fitted together nicely.

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I glued down the edges that would be joined together, quickly slotting them together before the glue had chance to dry.

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Next, I glued one end of the body to the bottom of the triangle.

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And set my half finished arrow to the side, taking out the two pieces that would make my wings. I used a chisel to chip of some of the wood down the sides, giving a  more rustic look and scored some lines at a horizontal angle down the wings.

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Then I glued them either side of the bottom of the arrow body.

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And thats the arrow made. Now its time to decorate. My arrow is going up on the gallery wall in the hallway, so I decided on a dark wood stain, paired with some touches of copper.

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Next, I added some string around the bottom of the body, I love this little bit of texture. It adds to the rustic vibe.

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I added string to the back of the arrow, so I could hang it. And my arrow is done!

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Hanging nicely in its place. Not bad considering it was a couple of pieces of scrap wood, a little effort, really can transform anything.

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Robyn,

The little woman pretends.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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