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Hi All! It’s Amy from Hertoolbelt back with another DIY project. I’ve been working on my son’s room. He has been begging me to paint his walls and do a Star Wars room. However I had already made him a barn wood bed, which doesn’t really go with space age decor. So I’ve been trying to add elements that are kind of rustic and industrial to hopefully tie the two together. Arrows have been quite the decorating rage for a couple of years. It’s an easy item to make rustic and industrial. This arrow can be made with the center open like a shadow box, or fill it with tin, wood slats, wire mesh, material, or anything you want.
How to Build a Rustic Arrow
- 1 – 1″ x 3″ x 70″ (actual 3/4″ x 2 1/2″)
- 1 1/4″ brad nails
- wood glue
- tin – optional
- 2 – 18 3/4″ long
- 1 – 5 1/2″ long
- 2 – 3″ long with a 40 deg miter on one the end
- 2 – 9 1/8″ with a 40 deg miter on one end and 50 deg miter on the other.
Add wood glue to the flat end of the 3″ piece, nail to the 18 3/4″ piece, flush with the end. Repeat for other 3″ piece.
Add wood glue to the ends of the 5 1/2″ pieces and glue between the other end of the 18 3/4″ pieces. Secure with nails.
Glue and nail the 9 1/8″ pieces together, and onto the 3″ pieces.
Let the glue dry. Here’s the look of the open arrow.
Then I attempted to cut the tin with tin snips. My snips are shaped a little funny, so I gave up and used an angle grinder with a cut off wheel…much faster. I had to trim the tin here and there, but got it to fit.
What’s your preference, tin or no tin? Thanks for letting me hang out with you today. Pin it!
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