DIY Wood Shim Star

It’s December, and the Christmas decorating around our house is in FULL SWING!!  I was actually hoping to be done by now, but things move a little slower these days with three little ones at foot (or in arms).  Today, I’m back to share with you one of our Christmas DIY’s … a Wood Shim Star!

DIY WOOD SHIM STAR |  View From The Fridge for My Crafty Spot

I love wood shims (as you may have noticed since I’ve already shared two previous posts on My Crafty Spot this year involving wood shims … see those HERE and HERE).  They’re SUPER cheap and easy to work with plus they’re a little rough and rustic looking … which I kinda love!

SUPPLIES

For this star, I used the following:

  • Wood Shims and Wood GlueDIY WOOD SHIM STAR |  View From The Fridge for My Crafty Spot
  • Clothes Pins to hold piece together while glue dries
  • White Chalk Paint (could use any white paint … craft, acrylic, extra wall paint ….)
  • Thumbtacks (or short, thin nails)
  • Red Yarn

PROCESS

And here’s how easy it is:

  1. Grab 10 shims and glue the ends together to form a star.  It helps if you join the thin end of one shim with the thick end of the next.  You can be very exact about this (by measuring or creating a template from paper), or just eyeball it and go for that ‘perfectly imperfect look’ like I did (and also I’m a bit lazy and always in a hurry).
  2. Place clothes pins or other clamps on ‘joints’ until glue is dry.  I wanted 2 weeks.  But that’s only because I got distracted and forgot about this project for awhile.  You could probably get by with waiting overnight …

    DIY WOOD SHIM STAR |  View From The Fridge for My Crafty Spot

    Glue, then clamp, your shims together forming a star

  3. Paint your star on one side.

    DIY WOOD SHIM STAR |  View From The Fridge for My Crafty Spot

    PAINT ONE SIDE

  4. When paint is dry, flip the star over and add thumbtacks or small nails.

    DIY WOOD SHIM STAR |  View From The Fridge for My Crafty Spot

    ADD TACKS OR NAILS TO THE BACK

  5. Start weaving the yarn from tack to tack in no specific order.  Do this until you are happy with the amount of yarn ‘coverage’.

    DIY WOOD SHIM STAR |  View From The Fridge for My Crafty Spot

    WEAVE IN YARN

  6. Tie off or glue each end of your yarn.
  7. Display your star!DIY WOOD SHIM STAR |  View From The Fridge for My Crafty Spot

Now …

I originally was planning to top my 2D kraft paper ‘tree’ with this star:

DIY WOOD SHIM STAR |  View From The Fridge for My Crafty SpotBut then decided to go another direction and use the star as a focal piece in my Christmas mantel out on our porch:

DIY WOOD SHIM STAR |  View From The Fridge for My Crafty Spot

I like the contrast against the grasscloth backdrop …

DIY WOOD SHIM STAR |  View From The Fridge for My Crafty Spot

DIY WOOD SHIM STAR |  View From The Fridge for My Crafty Spot

I hope you’re enjoying all your festive decorating this month!  Thanks for having me here today!  Have a great end of the year, and I’ll see you back in January!  Until then, stop over and say ‘hello’ on View From The Fridge.  I’ll be sharing my full Christmas home tour this Thursday, so be sure to stop in to see the rest of decor!

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Katie is the writer and creator of View From The Fridge. She is also the mom to two adorable little boys (and another baby on the way), and wife to a great guy! She loves to craft, decorate, dream up projects for her home, and she’s learning to love to cook (though not there quite yet). She started View From The Fridge in the fall of 2013. This just happened to correspond to when they purchased their current home. She wanted a place to share their updates, projects, lessons learned, and all her DIY crafts. Her husband is a Financial Advisor, therefore all of their projects are always on a budget (which is usually a lot less than she would prefer … but she loves a challenge). Katie also enjoys coffee, a good glass of wine or beer (when she's not expecting!), running, and anything outside. She lives in Minnesota and takes full advantage of the wonderful (but short) summer season outside with her family.

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Comments

  1. Three littles do make things interesting don’t they? Love this project!

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    ~ Ashley