Recently I have been kind of obsessed with arrows and chevrons. And you know what? I am not the only one! Everywhere you go, they are the new feature in a collage wall or a trendy decor shop. I really wanted to get a couple to decorate my walls. The issue is that, lately, I’ve been having a big problem. Every time I go shopping, I’m unable to buy anything anymore because now I always say “I can do that!”.
So on my recent trip to my local craft store, I saw a gorgeous arrow and I fell in love. I immediately took a picture in order to figure out how I would make one for my craft room. When I turned it around to see the price, I was slapped with the $49.99 sticker! Are you kidding me? So I decided that I needed to make a post about how to make them. Now you guys don’t have to go spending $50 on something that you can make yourselves with less than $10 worth of materials. So here it is! 🙂
On this post I would show you how to do my version of that big arrow and also a couple of gorgeous chevrons that will be the feature of your gorgeous collage wall.
What do you need to buy?
1″ x 4″ x 8′ (for the wood arrows)
1″ x 6″ x 6′ (for the chevrons)
Small box of Kreg 1-1/4″ Pocket Screws
Wood stain of your preference ( I used Minwax Wood Stain in Jacobean color)
What tools do you need to have?
Drill (I breathe for my Ryobi Cordless Drill, it is amazing AND affordable)
A Sanding Sponge to smooth out the rough cuts
How to do this project?
The first thing that I want to put out there is that the beauty of doing something yourself is that you can customize the measurements, colors and style to satisfy your needs and taste. So even though I will be sharing the measurements that I used, you can totally modify the dimensions and color of each piece. Have fun, create and then show me pictures of your masterpieces. 😉
For the wood chevrons I made my 45° cuts for each segment with my miter saw at 9 1/2 inches. With a 6 feet board of 1″ x 6″ you can get up to 6 segments of 9 1/2″ that would make a set of 3 chevrons. You can use the cut diagram below for reference.
After you make all of your cuts, make sure to sand off the edges so there is nothing too sharp and is safe for handling.
Now choose your favorite stain color and give all of your segments a good coat of stain. I used Minwax Wood Stain in Jacobean color on all the pieces for this project. I let my projects dry over night because of the stain smell, but you will be safe if you just follow the instructions on the stain can.
[If you have never stained wood before, I will share my process with you. First of all, use gloves, trust me. I like to use Nitrile Gloves for all my painting and staining. I also cover my working surface with wax paper and use foam brush to put in a heavy coat of the stain on all visible sides. Let it sit for a couple of minutes and then wipe away the excess with a paper towel. Flip the piece around and follow the same steps on the other side. And you are done! See, that was easy 🙂 ]
When your segments are completely dry, setup your pocket hole Kreg Jig K4 for 3/4″ thickness and make 2 pocket holes in the center of one of the segments.
Using a two 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws, screw the two pieces together while ensuring that both of them remain aligned.
And, that’s it! You are done!!
For the wood arrows cut your pieces from a 1″ x 4″ following the diagram below. With an 8 feet board you can get two full arrows with 4 feathers each. I decided to made mine with just 2 feathers, but you can chose what you like better. All cuts for the feathers and the head are also 45°.
Once you cut all of your pieces, proceed to stain everything. Again, I used Minwax Wood Stain in Jacobean color. Let your segments dry overnight or following your stain instructions.
Now make your pocket holes using your Kreg Jig K4 set up for a thickness of 3/4″. Follow the drill pattern in the diagram below. Since you can do it with 2 or 4 feathers, I’ve include both diagrams below.
Screw all pieces together using 1 1/4″ pocket screws.
And you are done! 🙂
You can stylish your pieces a little bit more, like I did adding a strip of gold metallic paint to the middle chevron of my set. Aren’t they cute?
Now it’s your turn! Go build something and make sure to share your pics with me in the comment sections.
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