DIY Wooden Wall Art and Magnetic Photo Display

By Addicted 2 DIY

SKILL
easy

This project can be used in so many different ways. Whether it's by itself as beautiful wall art, or develop your favorite snapshots from your phone to display using magnets. It can also be used to display Christmas cards or reminder notes. Make multiples to really increase the potential of this project!

Tools

  • Orbit Sander
  • Drill
  • Miter Saw
  • Brad Nailer

Accessories

  • 7 PC. 5" RANDOM ORBIT SANDER SAND PAPER
  • 8 PC. Forstner Bit Set

Materials

  • .431" Rare Earth Magnets
  • 1 1/4" Brad Nails
  • 220 Grit Random Orbit Sander Paper
  • 3/4" Brad Nails
  • 6 - 3/4" Square Wood Dowels
  • Clamps
  • Pencil
  • Wood Filler
  • Wood Glue

Steps

STEP 1

Cut the 3/4" square dowels to size. With 45 degree perpendicular angles, cut two at 24" and two at 18”.

Tools

Miter Saw

Materials

6-3/4" Square Dowels (Red Oak is used in this example)
Wooden Dowels

STEP 2

Assemble the frame. Glue and clamp the pieces together. Attach with 1 1/4" brad nails.

Tools

Brad Nailer

Materials

Wood Glue, Clamps
Assemble Frame

STEP 3

Measure and cut to size the center dowel (approx. 22 1/2"). Add glue to each end and center it in the frame. Attach with 1 1/4" brad nails.

Tools

Miter Saw, Brad Nailer

Materials

Wooden Dowel, Wood Glue
Measure and Cut

STEP 4

For the arrows, cut 2 pieces at 3" long with perpendicular 45 degree angles. Cut 2 pieces at 6" long with 45 degree perpendicular angles. Cut 8 pieces at 11 3/16" long with 45 degree parallel angles.

Tools

Miter Saw

Materials

Wooden Dowels
Cut Wood

STEP 5

Determine where you would like to have the magnets placed. Mark with a pencil.

Materials

Pencil
Magnet Placement

STEP 6

Drill a 5/8" deep hole with a 1/2" drill bit. On a drill press, set the bottom plate of the drill to the proper depth. If using a drill, mark the bit with tape 5/8" up from the tip. Drill holes where marked on the dowels.

Tools

Drill Press
Drill 1/2" Hole

STEP 7

Once the holes are drilled, begin assembling the arrows. Starting with the smallest pieces, use 3/4" brad nails and wood glue to attach to the frame. 3/4" brad nails will be used on all pieces attaching to the center dowel.

Tools

Brad Nailer

Materials

3/4" Brad Nails
Step 7 Nailing

STEP 8

For the ends that attach to the outside frame, use 1 1/4" brad nails, driven in at a slight angle along with wood glue.

Tools

Brad Nailer

Materials

Clamp, 1 1/4" Brad Nails, Wood Glue
Step 8 Nailing

STEP 9

Set nails as needed. Fill nail holes with wood filler and sand with 220 grit sandpaper.

Tools

Sander

Materials

Wood Filler, 220 Grit Sandpaper
DIY STEP 9

STEP 10

Finish as desired with paint or stain. This project was finished with Minwax Special Walnut stain and white wax.

Materials

Wood Stain
Stain and Paint

STEP 11

Hang on the wall with removable photo hanging strips or traditional hooks.

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