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DIY Wooden Wall Art and Magnetic Photo Display

  • October 18, 2017
  • Art


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!

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  1. Project Steps

    1. Step: 1

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

    2. Step: 2

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

    3. Step: 3

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      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.

    4. Step: 4

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      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.

    5. Step: 5

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

    6. Step: 6

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      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.

    7. Step: 7

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      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.

    8. Step: 8

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      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.

    9. Step: 9

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

    10. Step: 10

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

    11. Step: 11

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

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DIY Wooden Wall Art and Magnetic Photo Display

by Addicted 2 DIY
Oct 18, 2017
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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!

Project Steps

  1. Step: 1
    Huge 4daef478 89b0 4257 a912 4d3bbee84920

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

  2. Step: 2
    Huge 1864a915 f2be 4785 9bc0 73b6fe52ffb4

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

  3. Step: 3
    Huge a094ab49 d742 40be 87a0 ae4fb312afd2

    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.

  4. Step: 4
    Huge b0fbd487 7c7c 48e1 b6b7 c37a8fadb159

    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.

  5. Step: 5
    Huge d92985ae c7a6 41ab 961c 2629d2083289

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

  6. Step: 6
    Huge c83768bf 4fe1 408c 9edb d1aeed6d0e88

    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.

  7. Step: 7
    Huge 1088dea0 85d7 4df9 a609 060c144b2a00

    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.

  8. Step: 8
    Huge 84f9cbf6 69fa 4886 9ff8 e48444241876

    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.

  9. Step: 9
    Huge 1baa74cb f6cc 40a3 9185 04c8cd5f54d6

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

  10. Step: 10
    Huge 27b8d831 64db 49cb b74e 58f787410f7b

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

  11. Step: 11
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    Hang on the wall with removable photo hanging strips or traditional hooks.