Beautiful Art Made From Shims DIY

A project that is beautiful, easy and cheap always rates high on my project list.  This DIY art piece is made from shims that you find at any hardware store.  It can be displayed in its natural state, stained to create a pattern and dimension or paint to add color to a room.  Even the frame is optional.  This is a great project from Thrifty and Chic.

I’m in the middle of redecorating a room and desperately needed some cheap and big wall art. I’m sort in a love affair with herringbone pattern right now. I don’t know what it is, but I can’t stop myself from wanting to buy anything that has the pattern on it. Or from making anything 🙂

I’ve also been eying the wood shims they have at Home Depot for awhile now knowing that something great could come out of something so dull. I decided to give this project a try with the shims. Now the shims are wedged shaped on one end so it gave a different more textural look than what I initially was going for, but I love how it turned out.

Here’s the supply list:
Foam board for backing (choose black in case the board peeps through a bit)
Wood shims
Stain (if you want)
Hot glue/gun
Framing pieces (I used 1x3s, you can use molding too for a more finished look)
Wood glue
Paint for framing pieces
Jute and staple gun for hanging

So, at first, I didn’t cut the shims down and the herringbone pattern was just too large and you could only really see one line of the pattern, so I decided to cut the shims down. The easiest way to cut them in half is to cut them in the packaging.


Images from Thrifty and Chic.

For full instructions visit Thrifty and Chic.

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