Pottery Barn Inspired Wall Arrow

pottery barn arrow art

One of my very favorite sources for inspiration is Pottery Barn and not long ago I ran across an amazing arrow jewelry holder in their catalog. I adored the way it looked styled with a gallery wall and decided to make my own (non jewelry holding) version for my living room gallery wall.

arrow diy supplies


1/2″ wood dowel
modeling clay
Martha Stewart Liquid Gilding
Gold and Brown craft paint
super glue
paint brush and sponge

To start I trimmed my wooden dowel to 19″.  I used the modeling clay to form my arrow head and tail first forming the rough shape, then wetting my finger with a small amount of water to help me smooth the surface. I also formed each piece over the end of the dowel so that there would be an indentation on the backside to attach it later.

back arrow head clay

To make the lines on the arrow tail I used a piece of a mason jar lid (since I have tons of those laying around my craft room!) but you could use any thin hard surface.

making clay arrow head and tail

Once I was happy with my clay pieces I let them sit for 48 hours to dry completely-you will see them turn lighter as they dry and harden.

painting arrow

Once the clay was totally dry I used superglue to attach the ends to the dowel.  Then came the fun part: painting!  I love Martha Stewart Liquid Gilding and used it as my base coat for the arrow.

sponge painting clay arrow

To distress the finish I mixed gold and brown craft paint and sponged it over the surface of the arrow, also using a small paintbrush to get it in the indentations of the arrow tail for added dimension.

gallery wall

I absolutely love the way the arrow turned out and it’s the perfect addition to my living room gallery wall! Speaking of the gallery wall, Karianne over at Thistlewood Farm mentioned to me a while back that I had never really shared it with you all so I thought I would today.

Our gallery wall is a combination of family photos (I blur my kid’s pictures online as you can see, but take my word for it-they are very cute!) mixed with artwork that my husband and I have collected when we lived overseas years ago and a few random items thrown in for good measure. Most of the frames are thrifted pieces we’ve painted to match each other and I randomly hung an olive branch up there at Christmastime and it grew on me so I have left it up as well. I love how all the different pieces work together!

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    • Melissa says

      Hi Hayley! I used command strips (I’m a bit addicted to them!) I just used the double side sticky strip itself to stick it to the wall, no hooks or anything-it held up great!


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