Learn how to make arrow wall decor for your home.
Disclosure: I was provided product by BEHR to write this post but the thoughts and opinions expressed are my own!
My friends at BEHR have released the BEHR 2016 Color Trends! Have you had a chance to check them out? If you haven’t, you must! You can see all 20 brand-new hues at BEHR Paint.
I LOVE that the BEHR 2016 Color Trends are a mixture of bright and bold colors along with lighter colors! The colors have been divided into 4 themes: High Contrast, Luxe Dimension, Blurred Boundaries, and Lyrical Living.
I’m loving the colors so much that today I’m sharing with you a really fun DIY project featuring 6 colors from the BEHR 2016 Color Trends: Arrow Wall Decor!
Arrow Wall Decor – DIY Wood Arrows Wall Art
(to make a set of 4)
- 4x Wood plaques – 24″ x 3.75″
- 4x Wood dowels – 21″
- Wood for arrowheads and fletchings.
- Arrow template
- Carbon paper
- Sand paper
- BEHR Premium Plus Ultra Paint – Interior Matte
- Foam brush
- Paint brush
- Paper towel
- Thin paint brush
- Wax paper
- Glue (optional)
- Self-leveling hooks
- Radial saw
- Drill press
- Scroll saw
- Nail gun
Step 1: I started off by drawing my arrowheads and fletching.
Lucky for you, I have a printable arrow template for you! You’ll notice that I made two different designs, you’re welcome. hehe
Step 2: With the help of carbon paper and a pencil, I transferred the contour of the arrow templates onto wood. Do this 4 times.
Step 3: We used a radial saw to cut and separate the arrowheads and fletchings.
Step 4: Using a drill bit a little bigger than the dowel, we drilled a small hole in the arrowheads. Just enough for a dowel to slip in.
Step 5: Using the same bit, we drilled a hole straight through each fletching.
Straight through because the dowel will be going through both ends of the fletching.
Step 6: Using a scroll saw, we cut out the arrowheads and fletchings.
Step 7: Using low grit sand paper, I sanding all the pieces we had cut.
Now the really fun part! I took out the paint I was going to use for the arrowheads and fletchings!
BEHR Premium Plus Ultra – Interior Matte
Emperor’s Silk – T16-03 ~ Pagoda – T16-02 ~ Canary Diamond – T16-05
Coralette – T16-07 ~ Galapagos – T16-04
Step 8: We painted the arrowheads using a foam brush.
You’ll notice a lot of them in the photo, we made 8 arrows.
Step 9: Using carbon paper, I traced the interior designs onto the fletchings.
Step 10: We painted the fletchings!
I had predetermined the color patterns I wanted, I suggest you do the same.
Here are all our painted arrow pieces:
Talk about color heaven! LOVE!!
Step 11: Time to work on the wood plaques! I sanded them with low grit sand paper until they were nice and smooth!
Step 12: Time to stain the plaques!
My favorite way to give wood a stained look is by using paint that I water down. I used the same staining technique on the Diamond Shaped Wood Mosaic Wall Art.
I started by applying a small amount of BEHR Premium Plus Ultra – Interior Matte in Black Pearl T16-01 (another color from BEHR 2016 Color Trends) on a plaque with a foam brush.
Step 13: Then I added drops of water with a paint brush and blended with my foam brush.
Step 14: I used paper towel to wipe off the paint, this gives the wood a stained look.
Step 15: I continued this process on each edge of the plaque. I repeated the entire process on each plaque.
Step 16: I applied BEHR Premium Plus Ultra – Interior Matte in Black Pearl T16-01 on all the dowels using a foam brush.
Step 17: Using the BEHR Premium Plus Ultra – Interior Matte in Black Pearl T16-01 once again, I added little lines between the colors.
I put a couple drops of paint onto wax paper and mixed it with a little bit of water.
I dipped my thin paint brush in the mixture and made lines on the wax paper until I felt the lines were perfect for the fletchings.
I proceeded by painting lines between the colors on the fletchings.
Step 18: Once the lines were dry, I proceeded by using low grit sand paper to sand off paint from the arrowheads and fletchings.
I wanted the pieces to look worn.
Step 19: Time to insert the dowels in the arrowheads and through the fletchings!
Step 20: Next, we attached self-leveling hooks.
We made sure to attach them all at the same location in the back of the plaques so that we could easily line up the plaques when it would be time to hang them to the wall.
We attached the hooks before the arrows so that we could lay the plaques flat easily.
Step 21: I placed the arrows where I wanted them, and we carefully flipped the plaques over (making sure not to move the arrows).
With the plaque face down (arrow down), we used a nail gun to attach the arrows onto the plaques.
If you don’t have a nail gun, you can use wood glue. In fact, you could also use both wood glue and a nail gun.
Step 22: Hang the Arrow Wall Art and Enjoy!
Here’s one set of arrows hanging in my living room. I just LOVE them!
The colors bring such a nice touch of color to my living room.
Sébastien suggested that I put our other set on the other side of the window, I may just do that!
What do you think? Aren’t the arrows wonderful? You better say yes! hehe
If you LOVED this project using the BEHR 2016 Color Trends,
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Aren’t their projects fabulous!? P.S. If you are looking for some more colorful inspiration, make sure to check out BEHR’s blog: Colorfully, BEHR
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Disclosure: A big THANK YOU to BEHR for sponsoring this post. As always, all opinions in this post are 100% my own.