Here’s what you’ll need to buy:
15 balsa wood planks measuring 4″w x 36″h. (The planks I bought were 3/16″ thick but you can use whatever thickness you like)
Self healing cutting mat
Ruler (preferably sturdy or metal)
Acrylic paint (although any sort of craft paint will do)
Paint brush & pencil
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Here’s what you need to do:
Using your utility knife and a ruler, cut down 10 of the balsa wood planks (put 5 planks aside to be used later for the backing) into 6″ long pieces.
Next, cut each 6″ board into 1″ wide strips. Assuming you bought planks that are 4″ wide, you should get four 1″ wide strips for every board, giving you a total of 24 strips per full plank.
The last step will be cutting the point on the end of each strip. By now you (should) have 240 sticks. Measure 1″ down one side of the strip- it doesn’t matter which side. Line up your ruler with the markings on your cutting mat to cut the end of the stick at a right angle.
Now that you’re sick and tired of cutting things it’s time to switch gears and paint! Because I’m a bit of a color addict I used about 25 different color paints. Feel free to use as many or as few as you like. (Tip: If you don’t have that many colors you can always mix them with white and black paint to get different shades and some nice pastels.)
ChevronColoredSticksLoResOkay, this part is important: Paint one half of the sticks with the point sticking up on the right. And the other half of the sticks with the point sticking up on the left. This is so you have enough sticks to make both sides of the chevron pattern. You only need to paint one side (and all of the edges) for each piece.
When they’re dry, lay your painted pieces out and start arranging the chevrons. I varied my lengths and left a few pieces of the wood unpainted. Sprinkled throughout the pattern, the pastel and unpainted pieces of wood give your eyes a little rest from all the color.
Let’s get glueing! Take the planks you put aside and cut them to fit the lengths of the chevrons you’ve arranged. Then, using a ruler and pencil draw a straight line down the middle of each plank. This will be your guide for attaching the painted sticks and won’t be visible once everything is glued together. Using a hot glue gun, glue the painted sticks along the guide line. Make sure you line the pointed edge of the stick up with the penciled guide line otherwise things can start looking “off track”. If you find that your plank is longer than you needed simply trim off any visible excess using your utility knife.
That’s it! They’re ready to be hung! Because they’re so light all you need is a 3M little velcro strips (like the kind used for hanging pictures) attached to the back.
If you’d like to make your chevron wall art a little more 3D you can cut your excess balsa planks into smaller pieces and glue them in a stack on the back of each chevron. It’s a hard to tell from the picture below but I made each stack a different height on mine so some chevrons stick out from the wall more than others.