Who knew wood shims could be so versatile! Grab a stack of these simple wood pieces and make one of these 16 creative wood shim crafts.
Get crafty and make these DIY home decor projects from wood shims.
If you think Home Depot is just a place for builders and hardcore DIY-ers, you’re very wrong! There are all sorts of materials that are just as at home in your craft room as on a construction site.
Take wood shims, for example. They’re usually used to make small adjustments to window and door frames, but they’re also a super versatile craft material! You wouldn’t believe the amazing things you can create with just a few wood shims and other everyday materials.
Without further ado, here are 15 creative wood shim crafts to inspire you!
1. Create a rustic frame for your favorite photos, or a simple chalkboard
If you’re new to crafting with wood shims, this wood shim chalkboard frame is the perfect place to begin – it’s super simple and easy to make, but looks beautiful! It will add a perfectly rustic touch to any house.
2. Make a show-stopping starburst mirror frame
Curb Alert created another frame with the same materials as the chalkboard frame. But this frame gives an entirely different effect! It just goes to show how versatile wood shims are for crafting. The slightly triangular shape of the wood shims helps to create this eye-catching starburst frame. It’s perfect for putting around a circular mirror or even a clock.
3. Welcome your guests with a DIY wood shim house number
This homemade wooden house number from A Crafted Passion is a stunning way to greet your guests at your front door. It looks rustic yet modern, and will look beautiful on the front of any house!
4. Create some simple wall art for your home
If your house needs a pop of color, try using your wood shims to make this simple wall art from Splendry. The colors can be customized to suit your house’s decor. You can even arrange the wood shims in different ways to create a pattern that suits your taste. Zig-zags, diamonds, stripes – whatever you like.
5. Create an incredible wooden headboard from wood shims
If you want to make a statement, try this amazing wooden headboard from eHow, made entirely from wood shims! The beautiful herringbone pattern looks intricate, but is actually pretty simple to do, and the slightly uneven wood shims give a gorgeous rustic effect. This headboard would be a stunning feature of any master bedroom.
6. Decorate your home with a simple wood shim wreath
These wood shim wreaths are so easy to make, and can be customised with different colors and decorations to suit any holiday, and any time of year. Beware: They’re pretty addictive, so you might find yourself making a new wreath for every month of the year!
7. Countdown to Christmas
Sometimes a simple craft can deliver big results. Make this DIY Christmas countdown sign from The Girl Creative using two wood shims. Give it a paint job, and apply the vinyl design made with your Cricut or Silhouette machine.
8. Make a wooden table runner with different wood stains
This wood shim table runner from Shanty 2 Chic is stunning, and gives a beautiful focal point for your dining table (perfect for dinner parties!). Staining the wood shims in different shades of brown adds interest, but also keeps things classy. It’s such a simple way to make your table look more elegant!
9. Upcycle your furniture by adding wood shims
If you’re in the mood for a bit of upcycling, wood shims are an easy way to transform your furniture into something totally new and exciting. Adding a layer of wood shims to the inside of a bookcase, for example, immediately makes it look rustically beautiful. This example from Thistlewood Farms looks gorgeous, especially contrasted with the white shelves!
10. Use the wood shims to make simple tags
These beverage tags from Home Road are a great example of using wood shims individually to make simple tags. They can be used to label all sorts of things – as gift tags, place settings for a wedding, to label food at a buffet, etc. Anything that needs a tag – use wood shims!
11. Make a classic wooden lampshade
Wood shims can be used to make a stunningly simple lampshade that will look at home in any room of your house – like this one from May Richer Fuller Be. Just glue them onto a plain lampshade to transform it into something that looks really special. You could also stain or paint the wood shims to create a different effect.
12. Make a wood shim planter box for your potted plants
If you’ve got green fingers, this DIY wooden planter box is just the craft for you! Just arrange the wood shims to create a rustic wooden box – the perfect home for your potted plants. Best of all, wood shims are so easy to use that you don’t even need to use any power tools to create this wooden planter!
13. Create some simple wooden trees
These simple wooden trees from Reposhture Studio, made from wood shims, are a fun and simple way to decorate your home. Paint them in green and brown to make them look like ‘real’ trees, a solid color for something a bit more stylised, or even decorate them like Christmas trees!
14. Make some fun heart-shaped decor from wood shims
The triangular shape of the wood shims lends itself perfectly to this heart-shaped wall art from Hazel + Gold Designs. The hearts practically create themselves! Pop a few wooden hearts in a frame to create this simple and beautiful artwork.
15. Create a fun sign to display any message in your home
Whatever message or slogan you want to display in your home, a sign made from wood shims is a fun way to do it! This one from The Happier Homemaker is painted in ombre colors to make it extra fun. Feel free to customize the colors to suit your decor. Then use paint or vinyl letters to add the message of your choice.
16. Transform a simple box with wood shims
All you need to create a rustic wooden box like this one from Hometalk is some old cardboard, wood shims, and wood stain! It couldn’t be easier, and you’ll end up with a shabby chic wooden box that will make your house feel really cozy.
Don’t forget to PIN these Wood Shim Crafts for later:
I hope I’ve shown you just how versatile wood shims can be! Whether you’re into crafting, home decor or upcycling, there’s sure to be a wood shim craft that’s right for you. Let me know if you have any more ideas!