Friday, March 1, 2013

DIY arrow wall art

I have had the hardest time finding things to go on the wall in my boys' room.  The look I'm going for runs toward: vintage, eclectic, graphic and unique.  I want the room to look like we've collected things over time.  It's next to impossible to find things I like in stores.  So I've spent a bunch of time racking my brain for ideas.  When I found some scrap pieces of wood in my garage (ok they found me- a piece fell on my leg as I was walking by) I came up with this graphic arrow art.  

 I used 2 pieces of wood to go above each of my boys beds: pre-primed mdf and birch plywood.  I didn't pre sand the wood.  I simply wiped all the gross cobwebs and gunk off.

I free hand taped off an arrow shape.  I didn't measure or do it exactly since I like the hand made look. I used leftover black latex paint and a sponge brush.

Once the paint was dry, I gave everything a sanding with 150 grit sandpaper.  I also sanded the edges really well, since they were still raw and splintery from the wood being cut down.

Then I hung it up using 3m velcro (amazon affiliate link).  Super simple!!!

I made an arrow in a different shape to go above my other son's bed.

Seriously, this was super simple, took about 10 minutes (not counting paint drying time) and was free since I used things I already had!  


  1. Hello, I'd love to have you come share your post at Show and Tell Saturday #6 at Sassy Little Lady!


  2. AHHH shut
    love these arrows!!

    so going to make one, tanks for posting this!

  3. Wow! that arrow looks great next to your lines-turned-chevron art!
    I love it!
    You are so clever.... :)

    hugs x

  4. How cute! I love these, and the chevron art too. I never like things I find in stores, and when I do, it's always astronomically priced. I always end up making my own wall art and such. I love the rustic, still cool & modern look! Awesome job!
    Kim @ Two Ten
    Popping in from Craft-o-Maniac link party!

  5. how fun! i'm loving the canvas art too!

  6. stopping by from the blog hop at:

    this is VERY creative!! I def think i can make some of these for my hallway! Thanks for sharing :-)

  7. Great idea! So cute and modern!

  8. What a fun little project! I love it!

  9. Thanks for linking to Take-A-Look Tuesday over at Sugar Bee Crafts - you were featured today!!

  10. I'm loving arrows lately, this is great! Saw you at sugar bee craft.

  11. I've been wanting to add some arrow art to a gallery wall I'm working on -- I like how you used just the small piece of birch. Thanks so much for sharing!
    - Lora

  12. Looks great! I'm loving arrow patterns lately too. Thanks so much for sharing your creativity, Candice! I'm including a link back in this week's highlights! ;)

  13. I have boys too and I know how hard it is to find decor for their rooms. Your idea is wonderful!

  14. LOVE this, Candice! I could even do it! (maybe)

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  16. Very cool! I don't know why I've never thought to hang something with Velcro. Also, the wall art is fabulous!

  17. I love how it turns out. It is really cute. It is simple yet really made a difference in your wall. Thanks for sharing this idea.


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