Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Arty home decorations



Wood shims are not just for door and window frames anymore. Use this very versatile material to make some unusual cheap art. This affordable art made of shims requires less than 15 minutes total construction time and the cost is well under five dollars, which makes it officially cheap enough for any budget.

Things You'll Need:

  • Bundle of wood shims
  • Hot glue gun
  • Water base polyurethane
  • Silk flowers
  • Self-adhesive picture hanger
  1. Decide how large the finished cheap art will be. Arrange the shims as desired, making sure the "dress" side of the shim (the side less rough) is face down for now. Use 3 or 4 wood shims as back braces to connect the cheap art wood pieces. Dribble hot glue onto the brace shims and hold firmly in place on back.

  2. Turn over the cheap art piece so face side is up. Apply two coats of water base polyurethane, letting dry well between coats. Attach a self-adhesive picture hanger to the back of shims.

  3. Hot glue a sprig of silk flowers to the front and hang. Switch out the flowers on this cheap art piece to match the seasons. Peel the glue easily from the shims and reattach a new bunch.

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