This do-it-yourself shark wall hanging is the perfect addition to any boy’s bedroom. Plus, it’s surprisingly easier than you might think and you’ll save money in the process. So, check it out.
So, we originally hot the idea for this wall hanging when we were at Hobby Lobby. My son found a similar shark (see image below) that he really wanted for his bedroom. I took one look at it and thought, “I could make that.” Plus, I didn’t want to pay $50 for it either. And that’s how our DIY masterpiece came about. Here’s how you can make one too.
Gather your Shark Wall Hanging supplies
Most likely, you will have most of what you need at home already. Regardless, you don’t need to spend very much money. Just make a quick run to the hardware store and you’ll be set. Here’s what you’ll need:
- Two pieces of pallet wood or unfinished fence posts
- Jig saw
- Blue and gray paint
- Black permanent marker
- Scrap wood (for the teeth)
- Nails and nail gun
- Wood glue
- Measuring tape
Assemble your wood
First, cut three wood slats into 21-inch lengths. Line the slats up vertically next to each other, leaving a small small between each one. Then attach all three pieces together using a small piece of wood, using a nail gun. The three slats together should be about 16 inches wide. Cut one more piece of wood that is about 20 inches long. This piece will be for the wave at the bottom.
Draw and cut out the shark shape
Using a pencil, draw the outline of the shark directly onto the wood. This will be the template that you will use to cut out the shark. Don’t forget to draw the mouth. But don’t worry about drawing teeth. You’ll do that part later. Then, using a jigsaw, cut out the shape that you outlined.
Paint your wood pieces and nail together
Once everything is cut, paint each piece their correct color and let dry completely. Then, using a nail gun, nail all of the pieces together. Draw two eyes and nostrils using a permanent marker.
Cut and attach the teeth
Your shark wall hanging wouldn’t be complete without some sharp teeth. I just grabbed some scrap wood and cut them into triangles. None of my measurements were precise. They don’t need to since shark teeth are jagged anyway. I arranged them in the shark mouth to make sure they all fit and then I painted and attached them to the shark with a nail gun.
Now you’re done! I think our wall hanging turned out better than the one we found in the store. Plus my son likes it a ton more because he helped make it. It looks great in his bedroom now. This was such a fun activity and we saved a whole bunch of money in the process.
How did you shark turn out? I’d love to see your creation. Leave your comments below.
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