DIY Wood Arrows

Things have been pretty quiet on the blog lately, which means I’ve been getting a lot done!  Now that it is getting warmer around here we’ve been busy working on projects outside as well as odds and ends around the house.  One of the projects I was able to complete over my Spring Break from teaching was these DIY wood arrows.  I had seen a few tutorials for similar projects on Pinterest and was kind of planning on doing something of  the sort for this long narrow wall in our living room.  I  knew it would be an easy project, I just hadn’t made it to Home Depot for the wood.  Then, while visiting my parent’s farm on my spring break, I came across a long, old piece of wood trim that I knew would be perfect.  I also brought home a two old bar stools that I plan on refinishing for our basement but that’s for another post.  I finished the wood arrows that day!
This project can easily be modified to any size and only requires about 6 ft of wood, wood glue, sawtooth picture hangers, sand paper and a mitre saw (like this: Sheffield 58232 12-Inch Plastic Mitre Box Set ). Also, you can definitely use new wood and just stain it, but it definitely adds character if you  can find an old piece like I did.  
This is what my piece looked like originally.  I figured out how long I wanted my each part of my arrow (about 1 ft) and then made marks for each piece.  

Next, using my mitre saw I made 45 degree cuts then sanded the edges a bit.  Finally, I layed out all of the pieces together how they would look on the wall to make sure they fit together nicely.  Finally, I used wood glue to attach the pieces and let them dry before attaching a sawtooth hanger on the back of each one.  
I am really happy with how this project turned out and it really wasn’t hard at all!  It is nice to finally have something filling up that blank space in my living room!

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