Hi there! I’ve been wanting to make some type of wood wall art for awhile now, but couldn’t figure out what. After looking at endless ideas, I finally decided I wanted something very simple, just some type of arrow. I shared what I wanted with my wonderful husband and he helped me create these simple DIY rustic wood arrows. The best part about them is that the size can easily be changed to fit your space!
- Wood Glue
- Mitre Saw
- 1 x 4 x 8 Pine
- Tape Measure
- Speed Square (optional)
- Parchment Paper
- Foam Brush
- Paint Brush
- Orbital Sander (optional)
- 240 Grit Sandpaper
First, you need to set the saw to a 45-degree angle. To make your first cut, all you need to do is cut the end off your piece. Here we are just creating the first angle, and will measure in the next step.
As shown below you can now start measuring your pieces. You measure from the long point of the one angle, to where you want your short point on the next angle. Your measurement is going to be 10″ from long point to short point. If you’re wondering what on earth I mean by long point to short point, please feel free to message me and ask questions!
We used a speed square to draw the angle prior to cutting it. This is just to be precise, but you don’t have to do that if you don’t have a speed square. My husband is a Carpenter by trade so he likes things perfect. For these purposes you can cut the angle just fine without drawing that diagonal line prior to cutting!
After measuring and making your cut, you should have a piece that looks like the one below. You are going to continue this process so that you have a total of 6 of the same pieces. There is no need to change your saw angle because you can just flip the piece of wood over after so that the angles match up.
Once you finish cutting your pieces, you can rough them up to look more rustic, if you like. We usually do this by using items from around the shop. You can beat the pieces with a hammer or chains to put some marks in it. If you are skilled with a knife you can also take some cuts out of the edges, to give it even more of a rustic feel!
Now it’s time to glue your pieces together. We used parchment paper underneath the wood to prevent the glue from sticking. I wouldn’t skip this step…I thought it was unnecessary until realizing how strong the glue is. The excess glue will end up making the arrows stick to the table, and likely ruin your work by trying to pull them off!
After the glue has dried for a few hours, you can sand your arrows using 240 grit sandpaper. You will have some excess glue to sand off, and then give them a quick sand just to smooth out some of the spots you roughed up. We used an orbital sander because it’s faster, but you can do it by hand with some good old elbow grease!
When you’re done sanding, you can stain them! We used Minwax Dark Walnut because we wanted a dark base to help achieve the rustic weathered look we were going for.
After the stain has dried for at least a few hours, you can give them a coat of white paint. Once that is fully dried you can sand them to your liking to distress them. Again sanding with 240 grit sandpaper. Be careful if you use an orbital because you can easily distress more than you wanted! We totally forgot to take a picture of the distressing part, sorry! To help give you a better idea I would say just be cautious when sanding, and don’t take off too much white.
After distressing the wood we did one more coat of stain overtop. Make sure you wipe your wood down prior to staining, to remove the sanding debris.
After your pieces are dry you can add picture hangers to the back so that you can hang them on the wall. If you are wondering what picture hangers to use, we used the same ones as for our jewelry organizer. Thanks so much for reading, and feel free to ask questions if anything isn’t clear!