Shabby Wooden Arrows

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By General Crafts Contributor Michelle

Decorate your own wooden arrow that can be customized to fit your style.

Create some custom home decor that hits “right on target” for style!  Once you create the basic arrow, you can decorate it to suit your own tastes.

Here’s what you’ll need to make your own:

To begin, decide how long you want the shaft of your arrow to be, mark with a pencil, and use your saw to cut the picket to size.  To create the “feathers,” mark diagonal sections with your pencil, then cut.  My first arrow, I used the scrap of wood to make the “feathers” the same width as the shaft, the second I chose to make two smaller “feathers.”

Next, use your pencil to mark the angles of your arrowhead.  Remember to make the base of the arrowhead wider than the shaft of the arrow.  Cut.



Add a layer of wood glue to each feather, and then position them onto the shaft.  Carefully drive one or two wire nails into each feather to help secure it into place.  Let dry.

Apply wood glue to the back of the arrowhead, and then position it onto the shaft.  Once again, carefully hammer a couple of wire nails into the arrowhead to help secure it in place.  Let dry.
Apply your favorite color of chalk paint.  Let dry.
To decopage with decorative napkins, as I did, rip your design from the napkin, and then pull the layers apart, so you’re only left with the decorative layer.

Apply a thin layer of Mod Podge to the arrow where you want to apply your papers, then place your paper on top.

Gently smooth them onto the Modge Podge, and once they’re somewhat stuck down, gently apply a layer of Mod Podge over the top to fully apply the image.  Let dry completely.

Using sandpaper, gently distress the surface of the arrow to add interest, paying special attention to highlight the edges.  When you’ve finished decorating it, fasten a sawtooth hanger to the back side of your arrow to hang it up.

Whether you decide to decoupage your arrow, decoratively paint your arrow, stain it, stamp it, wood burn it, or just leave it plain–you’re sure not to “miss the mark” with this fun, decorative project!

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