Reclaimed Barnwood Arrow Sign

3 years ago by in DIY, handmade

The kids are officially back in school, and momma’s back at craftin’ again. Wahoo! Seriously, I have been going through some serious DIY withdrawal. So what marvelous creation did I make on the first day of school? Oh, just a GIANT reclaimed wood arrow.

Told ya I was going through DIY withdrawl.


I don’t have a tutorial, because I totally pieced this thing together and made it up as I went along. I used wood glue to hold the whole thing together, and the back is covered with scrap pieces and small screws. When I finished I felt like it was missing something, so I grabbed some outdoor lighting I previously picked up at Target. I drilled  a bunch of one inch holes and inserted the lights.


The entire back is a mess of tape and wood glue. Who cares as long as the front looks good, right?!

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Yup, now it’s complete!

Here is the overall dimensions:

Height 65 inches

Width in the middle 9.5 inches

Width at the top and bottom 26 inches

Strips at the bottom 2.5 x 11 inches


I love it during daylight hours, but I especially love how it looks at night! It’s right in our dining room and gives some awesome ambiance during dinner parties.

Not bad for the first day of school! Now for the rest of the week I suppose I should catch up on all the house cleaning and errands I have been avoiding for the last three months. Of course I do have some wood leftover…

Yup. I think I can squeeze in a few more projects first. :)



22 Responses to “Reclaimed Barnwood Arrow Sign”

Janalyn H.
August 26, 2013 Reply

Love it!

August 27, 2013 Reply

cute! so clever. hooray for new DIY inspiration!
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Natalie Wright
August 27, 2013 Reply

You are too sweet Emily! Many thanks!

Anna Rose Johnson
September 23, 2013 Reply

Simply incredible. I want to make an arrow to point down my staircase, but I never thought to use reclaimed wood. So creative!! I’m in love with this!
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Natalie Wright
September 23, 2013 Reply

Hi Anna Rose! How interesting that we seem to be checking out each other’s blogs tonight (wink, wink). I am sure hoping I get the chance to meet you next week!!!

Laura Smith
September 29, 2013 Reply

Wow. Simply amazing!
I seriously have no idea where to start! Can you make me one of these? I don’t even know where to get reclaimed wood!

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November 10, 2013 Reply

This is awesome! thanks for sharing :)
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March 7, 2014 Reply

What a great project! I’ve added a link to one of our pinboards. Check them out at

Natalie Wright
March 9, 2014 Reply

Cool, thanks for sharing the project Megan!

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Shaun Byers
November 25, 2014 Reply

Very creative and simple design!! Well done!!

Thank you so much for sharing. I’ll be using wood from pallets for this project.
This will be perfect to hang in our house as my wife and I are raising arrows ourselves.

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Paul Surridge
March 29, 2016 Reply

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