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I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that I was dangerously low on pallet wood. Times were getting desperate, I needed my fix. Well life is good once again, I found three pallets leaning up against a dumpster just waiting for me and today I spent the morning breaking them down. I am soooo back in business. So in honor of my new found pallets, I will bring you a pallet wood project…a giant arrow.
Start by drawing an arrow onto newspaper or paper. This will be your pattern.
I’m showing you my dimensions, but this is your arrow, you can make it any size you like.
Cut out your newspaper pattern and trace around it onto a piece of scrap plywood. My scrap piece measured 20″x 40″
Use a jigsaw to cut out the pattern you just drew.
With scrap pallet wood, completely cover the wooden arrow .
Once the arrow is covered completely, bring the plywood arrow to the front, and using it as a pattern draw your cut lines on the pallet wood.
Cut the pallet wood with a jigsaw on the lines you just marked and nail onto the plywood backing.
Using slightly watered down paint, lightly paint the entire arrow. Choice of color is up to you, mine is Wedgwood Blue with a few Dutch Blue dabs thrown in for the fun of it.
The entire piece was lightly sanded. If you’d like it a bit darker, it can be stained. Be careful, pallet wood eats up stain.
I wanted rusty iron trim around my arrow but I don’t work with iron…that could be a problem. As an alternative, I found this 12 foot piece of pvc lattice at Home Depot. The benefit of this lattice is that it bends like crazy. Perfect for going around the curve of my arrow.
With the pvc lattice, I cut pieces to fit around the exterior of the arrow mitering corners as I went.
Once all the edge pieces were cut I spray painted all my trim with Rustoleum -Multicolor Textured- Autumn Brown. While the paint was still drying it was sprinkled with cinnamon.
Trim was nailed into place with finishing nails and the paint was touched up where needed.
Just a few more pictures to show the finished arrow.
Now I’ve been debating whether to turn my arrow into a marquee sign. Right now it will stay as is. I do like the fact that it doesn’t have a large cord hanging from it, but marquee signs are so much fun.
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