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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 cherishedbliss.com

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 cherishedbliss.com
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!

Adam’s nursery is slowly coming along (update: It is FINISHED). Here are some projects I have finished for his nursery.

DIY Burp Cloth Tutorial for a vintage travel themed nursery via cherishedbliss.comDIY Burp Cloths

The Easiest DIY Crib Skirt Tutorial Ever via cherishedbliss.com. Love the burlap!No Sew Crib Skirt

How to Paint a dresser with Maison Blanche Furniture Paint, and get a clean vintage look. Tutorial via cherishedbliss.comChanging Table Dresser




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    • Ashley says

      Thanks Ginger! These would be so cute in a craft space! You could paint them some fun colors! : ) Have a great day!

    • Ashley says

      I don’t know how I missed your comment, but having you pin this…. I can go to bed happy ; ) I love everything you do!! Thanks for stopping by : )

    • Ashley says

      Thanks Johnnie! I had the idea in my head for so long and when I finally made them I couldn’t believe I waited all that time, they are so easy!!

  1. Jenny says

    I’ve had this pinned for a while and just bought the stuff to make it. I’m confused on how I would use mending plates to hold all 4 pieces together for one arrow. Can you explain this please! Love the theme for your nursery. It turned out perfect!

    • Ashley says

      Thank you : ) I used four total. One to hold the two top pieces together, one to hold the two bottom pieces together. Then I used two to connect the two separate halves. I will email you a picture so that makes more sense : ) You should have it in just a few minutes : )

  2. says

    You should join then together using a kreg jig. I cut and sanded the pieces this evening using cedar and will join them with the pocket hole screws.

  3. Kim says

    I know this is an older post but I too would love to see how you connected the back. I love these arrows and can’t wait to try them out myself (but I am a serious beginner)! Thanks so much for the post.

  4. Brad Grier says

    My wife saw this and has told me to make these for our preemie sons room. :)

    Like the comment above, how is it connected to the wall? Can you send me a picture as well?

    Also, if I don’t have a Miter Saw. Any other recommendations on cutting these?

    Thanks so much!

    • Ashley says

      Hey Brad, So sorry for the delayed response. I just used one of the sawtooth picture hangers that you find on the backs of regular picture frames. They are less than a dollar at walmart. If you don’t have a miter saw, you can always just draw a 45 degree line and use a circular saw… it just might not be as precise as the miter saw. They also have miter boxes that you can use with a hand saw. I just sent you an email of the back of the arrows : ) Let me know if you have any other questions! Have a great night!

  5. Triere Boyer says

    Hi! I am in the process of making these! I am obsessed with your idea- so cute! I too, am confused about the back. Could you send me an email with the back pictures as well? Thank you SO, SO much! You’re amazing!

  6. Amanda says

    I am curious where you got that size of mending plates. I can only find really long ones. Did you just cut them?

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