I’ve been working on a gallery wall for what seems like forever and I’m still not finished. I’m slowly getting to the finish line, but I still have a little ways to go. Part of my problem is finding interesting things to fill my wall with. So of course, I turned to Pinterest for inspiration and found lots of DIY wooden arrow tutorials that spoke to me. I’ve always liked the look of rustic arrows on the wall and decided to make my own version.
Here are a few of my favorites that I drew inspiration from…
Here is a picture of my stair wall and starting point. You’ll see that I have my DIY Duck Tape Wall Tree to the left of my paper templates. Of course, it looks nothing like this now and I must have changed the layout a thousand times. Mostly because I wanted to incorporate a larger wooden arrow…lol.
DIY Wooden Arrow
- 1″ x 3″ wood (I used leftover scraps from another project)
- painter’s tape
- acrylic paint in your chosen color
- Sharpie paint pen in your chosen color or chalk
- sand paper or palm sander
- tack cloth
- old rags, paper towels, or sponge brushes
- wood glue
- wood stain
- table saw or saw/miter box
- two saw tooth picture hangers
DIY Wood Arrow
I forgot to take pictures of the first couple of steps, but the first steps are pretty easy.
1. Decide what length you want your arrow shaft and cut the 1″ x 3″ wood to size.
2. Decide how big you want your point and fletching (the back of the arrow) to be and cut to size. Here is where you use 45 degree angle cuts and are basically making two arrow points.
3. Using wood glue, glue your arrow point and fletching together. Set aside to dry.
4. Once the arrow pieces are dry, take the point and place it on one end of the arrow shaft and take a pencil to draw the arrow angles. Use a table saw and cut on these lines. Glue the arrow point onto these cuts. Set aside and let dry.
5. Glue arrow fletching on top of the arrow shaft. Set aside and let dry.
6. Once the arrow is assembled, sand the entire piece. Wipe down with a tack cloth.
6. Tape off a center stripe on the arrow shaft and the point of the fletching.
7. Stain the center stripe until you get the desired color you want. Set aside and let dry. Remove tape. *I used an old rag to apply the stain, but you could use a sponge brush or paper towels.*
8. Tape off the stained stripe in the center. Make sure to press down the tape edges to get a good seal.
9. Apply acrylic paint with a rag and quickly wipe off any excess for a sheer look. This will allow the wood grain to peek through the paint. *For an opaque paint look, use a sponge brush.* Set aside and let dry.
If you’re satisfied with your arrow, you can stop here and place the saw tooth hangers on the backside of the arrow and hang on the wall. I chose to place a saying on the stripe – “follow your arrow wherever it goes”. I just love that saying. In fact, I first heard that saying from a song on a CMT music special with Katy Perry and Kacey Musgrave 🙂 They were singing “Follow your arrow” and I totally fell in love with it and knew it would be perfect for my arrow.
10. Write your saying on the stripe with either a Sharpie paint pen or chalk. *I chose chalk because I may decide to change this AND I’m not sure what color paint to use for the saying.*
11. Place the saw tooth hangers on the back and hang.
There’s a sneak peek at the wall progress with my new blue arrow. What do you think? Should I keep the chalk writing or paint it with a white or black Sharpie paint pen? There will be a black frame where the white paper is place and I’m not sure if I’ll be changing out the stained wooden piece below with some dark bronze candle sconces. I would love some feedback.