I just finished this artwork project for my boys room and I was pretty impressed by how easy and cheap it was to make!
I was inspired by this boys room (found here) and the arrow on the wall. I didn't know where I could find this artwork piece so of course my only option was to make something similar!
I also like all the "pallet wood" artwork that is so popular right now so I decided to go that route. I headed to Home Depot and bought some wood fence slats for $1.50 each. The slats were about 6 feet long. I had a guy at Home Depot cut 12 inches off making the slats 5 feet long and square on both ends. I bought a total of 6 wood slats, 5 for front and one slat cut in 3 pieces which I later screwed in on the back to hold the front pieces all together. The 5 front slats run horizontally, as you can see, and the 3 pieces on back run vertically (one on each end and one in the middle).
I already had the grey and white paint on hand so I only had to spend $1 to get a small bottle of orange paint from the craft store.
After painting the whole thing with one "imperfect" coat of white paint, I drew in my arrow using a yard stick and the inspiration picture for a reference. Once the arrow looked good I taped it off and filled in the arrow with Grey paint. Once the grey paint was dry I used a 1" foam brush and carefully followed the edge of my tape line to give my arrow the orange border. Each time I painted I made sure not to cover the wood completely and let some areas show through - that way I didn't have to do any sanding in the end!
Total time was about an hour and total cost was just $10.
I used D-ring brackets and some picture hanging wire to hang it on the wall.
A store bought piece of artwork this size would be a lot more than $10, heck- a blank canvas this size would be a lot more than $10!
I enjoyed making this artwork because it was cheap, easy, and most importantly I had control over the color and the size. I love how it turned out!
For more information on this room click here.