We were looking for something not-rectangular to add to Teddy’s little gallery wall in his nursery. We also wanted something to tie in our nursery colors since I had picked like 7 different colors in my color palette like a crazy person….I saw some similar arrows and decided to stay true to my personal cheapskate motto: “Don’t buy it if you can make it yourself” Editors note: I am sticking to this motto less and less since the baby never naps long enough to let me make things.
-6 ft piece of 1×4
-Spray paint or wood stain
-Velcro picture hanging tabs
-Optional: Mending Plates with tiny screws and drill
Step 1: Get your materials together and put on your safety glasses- or do what I did and nag and nag and nag your husband until he does Step1-Step 4 for you…
Step 2: Use a tape measurer to mark every 7.5 inches of your 1X4 with a pencil. Really they can be any length you want. I pretty much just picked a random length.
Step 3- Use a triangle to draw lines at every mark making 45-degree angles.
Step 4- Use a miter saw to make 7 cuts on each of the 45-degree angles.
Step 5- Discard or repurpose the two end scraps. You should have one little 4″x4″triangle and a piece a little less than 2′ left over
Step 6- Lightly sand the edges of each parallelogram.
Step 7- Spray paint or stain your parallelograms your desired color and let dry according to the paint/stain directions. We did two parallelograms in blue, two in gray and two in lime green to match our nursery decor.
Step 8- Pair up the parallelograms so that the short ends are touching to form a 90-degree angle. We attached each pair with a really strong tape on the backside, but if you wanted to be shmancy you could buy mending plates with tiny little screws and attach that way.
Step 9- Attach them to your wall with strong velcro picture hanging tabs.
Step 10- Look at it every day and second guess the colors you picked….should I change that green to light blue??? Just kidding. Don’t do that. But really, should I?