Monday, February 9, 2015

DIY Arrowhead Wallhanging

When I moved in to my apartment last September, I knew that I wanted all of my decor to be unique and interesting. But decorating can get pretty expensive, I knew that I was going to have to make a lot of things myself. But sometimes, even DIY projects can get expensive. 

This arrowhead wallhanging was less than $5 to make! 

Here is a list of the materials you will need:

1. String
2. Craft paint
3. Paintbrush (any size)
4. Something to draw with
5. Scissors
6. Lightweight cardboard 
7. A stick

The only materials that you may have to buy (unless you're big into crafting like me) are craft paint and string. These are relatively cheap items depending on where you get them. I strongly recommend Michael's craft store. 

I'm big on reusing and recycling materials. The cardboard that I used to make these arrowheads actually came from some empty veggie burger boxes! Also using sticks, gives branches a new life after falling off a tree.

Let's get started!

1. Start by drawing a few arrowheads on the white side of the cardboard. It took me a couple tries to get it right the first time. I ended up drawing one free-hand and using that as a module for my other ones.

2. Cut out your arrowhead shapes.

3. Paint your arrowhead! The box I used for this project used a lot of bright colors on the front so I had to do a few layers of craft paint in order to cover it up. 

4. After the paint has dried. You'll have to punch holes in your arrowhead shapes. I used a three-hole punch to get my holes. You can also use a single hole punch or even (if you have a steady hand) use scissors to cut a hole. 

5. Once the holes have been punch you'll need to tie some string to the shapes. Weave the string through the hole and tie a knot right where the tail of the arrow branches off.

Try to cut the string different lengths to add some depth to your wallhanging. 

6. Next you will have to tie your arrowheads to your stick. Also the shapes will hang best if the string is knotted underneath the stick.

7. The final step is to tie another piece of string to your project so that it can hang. I just doubled up on my string, you can also use thicker string if you have it.

Voila! You have finished your arrowhead wallhanging!

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