How to make a beautiful wood shim wreath for any season. Paint inexpensive wood shims to make a fun and colorful wreath for any season or holiday.
Colorful Wood Shim Wreath
This DIY wreath craft is a fantastic craft to make, no matter what time of the year it is. By changing up the paint colors and accessories used, you can make a wreath that fits any holiday, season, or home decor style. I recently made a fun Valentine’s Day wreath and a cheery spring wreath. Scroll down for the LIVE video tutorial that I shared over on my facebook page.
If you have never purchased wood shims before, they can be found at your local home improvement store for just a few dollars. They’re great for crafting!
Related: If you’re looking for another cute V-day wreath idea, check out 9 Dollar Store Valentine’s Day Wreaths – all of which started with supplies from the dollar store.
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Supplies needed for this wood shim craft
- wood shims
- x-acto knife
- 8-inch cardboard circle – cut your own, or buy them pre-cut
- decorative craft paper – like cork or textured paper
- hot glue gun and hot glue sticks
- paint brushes
- acrylic craft paint – pick any color(s) or even a wood stain that you like. NOTE: scroll to the end of this post for the exact paint colors that I used on both of these wreaths!
- accessories – decorative letters, silk flowers, etc.
Video tutorial: how to make a wood shim wreath
Step-by-step tutorial: how to make a wood shim wreath
- Cut each of the wood shims in half. Standard wood shims are about 14-inches long, so cut them down to roughly 7.5-inches. Use an x-acto knife or razor blade to score the wood shim (4-5 times) on both sides. Then the wood will just snap in half.
- Using a dry brush (lightly loaded with paint, not too much!) paint all of the wood shims in various colors. By using a dry brush with just a little bit of paint, you can easily get a “distressed” painted look. Just load a small amount of paint on your brush and use light, quick strokes. Layer paint until you get your desired coverage and look. Set aside, and let the paint dry.
- Cut an 8-inch circle of decorative craft paper, and glue it to the 8-inch cardboard circle.
- Arrange the wood shims around the edge of the cardboard circle. Then hot glue the wood shims in place.
- Finish the look with a few accessories – decorative letters, silk flowers, or a paper banner.
- Hang your wreath using a pop tab hot glued to the back of the wreath.
Valentine’s Day Wreath