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Easy DIY Wooden Arrow Wall Decor Tutorial

We are so excited to show you guys how to create a wooden arrow tutorial for the perfect home decor. Not sure if it’s because it is so simple yet adorable or if it is because that means we are finally wrapping up our little guy’s nursery with the final touches.

DIY Wooden Arrow Wall Decor Tutorial

We’ve been hard at work for the past month and with only a few weeks left to go, we are on crunch time to get the final pieces hung. Thanks to our little man Greyson…he has been such a good helper from getting his old clothes unpacked to rediscovering his old books and toys. 

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So let’s get to it!

How to Make Easy Decorative Wooden Arrows
by Morgan from construction2style

First step to making anything is making sure you have all of your materials on hand.


  • Wood
  • Right Angle
  • Wood Stain
  • Old Rag
  • Miter Saw
  • Pencil
  • Tape Measure
  • Wood Glue

Building Instructions

Next you’ll determine how large or small you want your arrows. You can really use anything for materials here, from scrap wood to 1×4 to top notch reclaimed wood. It really just depends how much you want to spend and the look your going for. For us, we had some extra materials laying around on our shop floor that we used. 

DIY Wooden Arrow Wall Decor Tutorial

As soon as you find your material, depending on how many arrows you want cut all the pieces to the same length. We wanted 3 arrows, so we cut 6 boards- each board measuring 1 foot. We measured from one end one foot in and marked it. We then used our right angle to draw a line at a 45 degree angle from the mark. On the mark is where we cut our angle. 

DIY Wooden Arrow Wall Decor Tutorial

 Once you have your spots marked off, put your boards on your miter saw and make your cuts. 

DIY Wooden Arrow Wall Decor Tutorial

Once you’ve cut your angles on the one end you’ll want to cut your angles on the opposite sides with the same angle and the same direction. Here’s an example of the wrong direction of a cut, like I did at first. haha! Unless of course you like it that way! 

Wrong Direction | DIY Wooden Arrow Wall Decor Tutorial

Once you’ve made your cuts, it’s time to paint and stain. There are so many fun options out there on ways to create fun arrows but for our little guys nursery we were just looking for something super simple that went with the forest green nature theme, so we used Rustoleum’s Carathane Wood Stain. We also did a few fun one’s in their blue bleach stains which turned out really fun too! 

DIY Wooden Arrow Wall Decor Tutorial

Once dry, place some wood glue onto each ends and adhere together with the opposite board. 

DIY Wooden Arrow Wall Decor Tutorial

DIY Wooden Arrow Wall Decor Tutorial

DIY Wooden Arrow Wall Decor Tutorial

And there you have it! You just made your arrows. These super simple arrow’s make for the perfect home decor. And best part, they don’t even look DIY. Last step is to determine where you’re going to hang your beauties. We hope our little guy loves them as much as we do in his new nursery. And we can’t wait to bring him home to his new space. 

DIY Wooden Arrow Wall Decor Tutorial


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Arrows aren’t just for traffic signage and pointing people in the right direction to wherever they want to go. While they’re not typically seen in most homes, there’s a bit of a known trend in using arrows as wall art and to draw attention to smaller details. Since arrows can be created in all sorts of different shapes, sizes, and styles — from long and narrow to short and fat, they can work in almost any space. Here are a few examples to give you some inspiration.

Eye-Catching Wall Art

Whether you have a small vertical space beside a piece of furniture or a large blank wall to work with, you can certainly find the right sized piece of arrow art (or collection of arrows) to fill that space perfectly. Little Brick House and Etsy Shop SparklePower show these sets of three beautiful wood chevron arrows both used vertically and horizontally.

DIY wooden arrows bring some interesting wall art to this living room
Wood arrow wall art

For a teenager’s bedroom, Two-thirty-Five Designs shows a different style of arrow that creates a unique focal point on the wall beside the bed.

Wooden wall arrows for a teen's bedroom

Simpler Wall Art

If huge arrows that stretch straight across a wall are too intense for your liking, smaller wall art pieces might be a good option. Simply hang them or lean them up against the wall on a piece of furniture. Dandelion Patina shows off this gorgeous piece with wooden chevron arrows that’s perfect for a mantel, while Etsy shop Averie Lane Boutique offers these elegant pieces of art with arrows hand painted on narrow pieces of wood.

Rustic arrow art for a fireplace mantel
Collection of three simple and colorful arrow wall art pieces

Love Grows Wild also shows how you can combine arrow art with regular wall art pieces.

Rustic wooden arrow combined with other wall art pieces

Edgy Decals

Wooden arrow art pieces make for a great rustic look, but if you’re looking for something a little less woody, then you might consider using wall decals instead. Attach small ones to a specific section of a wall like this example from Dana Decals, or go all out and cover an entire wall for a wallpapered effect like this second idea from The Lillypad Cottage.

Feathered arrow wall decals
Arrow pattern on an entryway wall

Awestruck by Jewels

Perhaps one of the most interesting ways to use a decorative arrow has to be for storage purposes. Basically, if it can hang on a rod or a rack, then it can hang on an arrow, too. Check out these two gorgeous arrow jewelry holder ideas from Lemonade Makin Mama and Urban Outfitters.

DIY golden arrow jewelry holder
Arrow necklace organizer

Hanging Off a Good Point

Like the jewelry holder ideas above, arrows can be used to hold all sorts of other things. For example, this towel rack from Urban Outfitters brings an interesting and elegant little hardware detail to a bathroom.

Arrow towel rack in a bathroom

Or how about a curtain rod? Urban Outfitters has one of those too.

Unique arrow curtain rod

Shooting for Style

While pretty much all of the examples we’ve covered so far are all about hanging arrows somewhere along a wall, you certainly don’t have to stop there. Arrows can be incorporated into your home in all sorts of decorative ways, including your accessories. These accent pillows from Kirklands and these bookends from Pottery Barn are just two extra examples of how you can incorporate arrows into your decor.

Arrow decorative pillows
Arrow book ends from Pottery Barn

Homedit also featured this stunning arrow-shaped marquee light for a unique office light solution.

Arrow marquee light above a desk

So what do you think about arrows as a decor trend around the home? Given that they can be used with such versatility and in all sorts of different styles, I’d say they could definitely look good almost anywhere.

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DIY Wood Arrows

Have you seen an abundance of arrows online of late?

Pinterest, Instagram, online stores, interior design sites…  everywhere!

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Not to be one left in the cold (aka. keeping up with the Jones’) I decided to see if I could whittle one out of some of my scrap bits in the garage.

The problem here is not so much that I’m a follower – which is only partially the case – but moreso that I am totally and completely influenced by marketing messages.  Bombard me with images of dog poop on a stick and eventually I’ll either find a way to make my own or go to a shop and buy some.

It really is that bad.

Which is why I love marketing so much – I always try to frame things based on how and what would sell me.

Today it’s wooden arrow wall art, tomorrow Nike Wraps (the no-toe shoes for yoga).

I digress, you want to see how mine turned out right?

I still had/have some 1″ cedar planks left in my garage from the deck demo at my friend Steph’s.  Most of them are bits and pieces and not really enough to build large projects, so I messed around and come up with some measurements…. this is my DIY wood arrows tutorial (for better or for worse).

I laid out my scrap wood and found a combination that seemed the right size.  These boards are 5.5″ wide, so I cut the centre one (22″ long) down the centre so I had two 2 3/4″ boards.


Build your own rustic wood arrow for wall decor

Next I put a smaller piece of scrap wood across the top of the narrow one and chose a size that looked proportionate – in this case, I cut a 5.5″ square.

I marked the centre of the square and then cut two angles from that point to the lower corners of the board to create my arrow.  I’m sorry I didn’t write down the angles, but my sides measured 6″, 6″ by the 5.5″ base.

Arrows 2

I cut down another piece of scrap wood – not quite in half, because I wanted the ‘feathers’ to be differing widths.  You can see in the photo below that one is slightly wider than the other.

I angled my ‘feathers’ to where I thought they’d look good and then laid the 22″ piece over top and marked a line.  If you want yours exactly like mine, the angle for these cuts is 42 degrees.

Once they were cut, I lined them up with the centre and then determined how long I’d like them to be, then  marked a straight line (parallel to the centre) and marked it.  These ended up being 4″ long – with the same angle as before – at 42 degrees.

Arrows 3

I used my Kreg Jig ( to drill pocket holes into the centre section shooting towards the arrow tip and then in each feather, aiming towards the centre piece.

Glue and screw into place.
Arrows 4

I just repeated the process to create the second arrow from the second half of the 22″ piece of wood.

Arrows 5

I sanded them down to remove the old deck stain and sealer.

Arrows 6

Then added a light coat of matte varnish – which you really don’t need to do if you’re working with cedar.  In hindsight, I would have skipped this step and just let them age again naturally.

Arrows 7

I added small hooks on the back and then hung them on the wall.

This is a visual metaphor of my life… I don’t know whether I’m coming or going most days.

Arrows 8

If you want, you can add hooks to the front of these and use them as a coat rack, or mug rack – or even add another piece of wood and use them as shelves.

If you have a big enough closet, these would make great decor in there because moths hate cedar.  You’d be decorating and prolonging the life of your clothing!

How to build rustic wood arrows from scrap wood. Easy DIY



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DIY - Decorative Wooden Arrows

Have you noticed arrows are…EVERYWHERE lately? Yeah, me too! And I think they’re rather fabulous to decorate with! What do you think? I have been crushing on wood arrows lately and so after eyeballing some leftover wood scraps {from my board and batten project}, I decided it wouldn’t be too hard to make my own arrows!

I’ve been on such a DIY kick lately. I love it! Power tools are addicting. See my instagram. So today I’m sharing with you how to make wood arrows! And trust me, from a Newbie DIYer, these are EASY!

How to make Wood Arrows || Tutorial for 3 different size arrows which are perfect for walls, mantels, shelves, etc!

DIY Wood Arrows

We had several leftover 1×2’s from the board and batten in my Dining Room {details to come soon!} because I decided not to do the top ledge. I was trying to come up with a use for them when I was looking at some triangle pieces of scrap wood and it hit me. I could totally make simple wood arrows! So here they are! I totally love them.

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DIY Wood Arrows Tutorial || How to make 3 different size arrows. Makes a fabulous grouping!
I love the wood tones on the gray paint with the white board and batten below. To die for!

DIY Distressed Wood Arrows tutorial

These were really fun to sand and distress!

How to Make Wood Arrows


  • 7 feet of 1×2 pine boards
  • Compound Saw {I use this saw}
  • Wood Glue
  • Wood Stain {I used Jacobean by Minwax}
  • Small Brush
  • Paper Towels
  • Saw
  • Electric Hand Sander
  • Sand Paper

*Always use proper safety precautions when handling power tools. Always wear gloves and safety glasses when using tools.*

Wood Arrow measurements for 3 different size arrows
1. First make the cuts as shown above. All cut angles are either straight or 45 degrees.

*If you want your arrows to have distress marks on them, go ahead and bang them up a little bit after step one.

Stain wood BEFORE gluing
2. Then using your brush, brush on stain going with the grain of the wood. Allow to sit for about 10 minutes and then wipe off the excess stain with a paper towel. Allow stain to dry according to package instructions.

TIP: Always stain first and then glue your wood. Yes, I learned this the hard way :)


3. Glue the arrow pieces together using wood glue. Use a thin, even layer of glue and wipe away the excess glue. Allow glue to dry for 24 hours.

4. {sorry no picture} Using the electric hand sander, round the edges of the arrows and sand the flat surfaces of the arrows as well to get a worn look. You will expose some of the natural, unstained wood and that’s ok. I think it looks fabulous like that! After I’ve used the sander, I like to finish with a piece of sand paper to smooth out small details and places I can’t get with an electric sander.

DIY Decor Wood Arrows || Great tutorial with measurements for all 3 arrows
Then hang your wood arrows on your walls! Or even place them on mantels, shelves, or in a corner.

HANGING TIP: I used sewing pins and a hammer to hang my arrows. That you don’t get distracted by seeing silver nail heads around my wood arrows.
Wood Arrows tutorial || Great, easy DIY decor project!
So how will you decorate with your wood arrows? If you make some, please take a picture and tag me! I’ve love to see them!

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DIY Wooden Arrow Tutorial

I am so so excited about this post today! I shared a little sneak peek on instagram a few weeks ago, and it seriously might be my favorite project to date. It’s just one of those that turned out exactly how you had it pictured in your head, maybe even a little better! : ) I made them for Adam’s Vintage Travel theme nursery (see my inspiration here). Are you ready for the wooden arrow tutorial?

DIY Wooden Arrow Tutorial // via

You will be amazed how easy these are! If you’ve never done much with saws, this is a great beginner project to teach you 45 degree angles! You can do it, I promise ; )


– Miter Saw
– Tape Measure
– Pencil
– Right Angle
– Safety goggles
– Craft Wood or 1×4’s
– Wood Stain
– Mending Plates (1/2″ screws if it doesn’t come with them)
– Drill

Wooden Arrow Tutorial: 

First thing you want to do is get your wood and figure out how long you want it. I used some craft wood I found at Home Depot that was 24″ long and just a little thinner than a 1×4, but you can just as easily use 1×4’s. Since mine were 24″ I just found the center and cut them in half. Make sure you find the center both horizontally and vertically and mark it, then you will center your 45 decree angle on that mark. In the picture below you can see where I made my marks to take advantage of the entire board.

DIY Wooden Arrow Tutorial // via cherishedbliss.comAs you can see it took 2 24″ board to complete one arrow. Place your board in your miter saw (set to a 45 degree angle) and make your cuts. Once your done you just lay it out as shown above. Make all your cuts until you have as many arrows as you need.

DIY Wooden Arrow Tutorial // via
Once you are done cutting go ahead and stain or paint the wood to your desired color. I used a Minwax Dark Walnut and applied it with a lint free cloth. I chose not to seal mine since they are hanging on the wall and I wanted them to have a dull finish (no shine). But that is just personal preference. Some people might argue that it has to be sealed, but since nobody will be touching these I’m not worried about it.

After they are stained, you just want to add your mending plates on the back of your arrows to keep your wood together. You can also glue it before using the mending plates to give it that extra strength, but just the mending plates worked for me. I then found the center of the entire arrow (for weight purposes) and added a saw tooth picture hanger to hang on the wall.


DIY Wooden Arrow Tutorial // via cherishedbliss.comAnd that’s it, you are done : ) Now you can sit back and enjoy your new beautiful arrows!

DIY Wooden Arrow Tutorial // via cherishedbliss.comWhere would you put yours? I think I want some in my living room now!

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