Holidays just aren’t my thing. In December I put up a Christmas tree and that’s about it. I know what you’re thinking, “bah-hum-bug” right? But hear me out, I love and appreciate what some do to decorate their homes for the holidays. Some like to decorate all out for the holidays and some, like me, enjoy the fruits of your labors. This DIY Painted wood shim banner is great for multiple holidays. I bring it out for patriotic holidays as well as Christmas.
I picked up a couple packages of wood shims the last time I was at the Home Depot checkout. It was right there with the chocolate impulse buys so I had to! The hubs gave me an odd look and just shook his head. I knew I would find something crafty to make with them.
I just love how rustic they look with my painted door. I have yet to find a purpose for said painted door so for now, it’s my holiday mantel of sorts.
What you will need…
- 1 package of wood shims
- 1 bottle of red craft paint (you can add white and blue if you want too!)
- 1 sponge brush
- vinyl star cutout for each wood shim on your banner
- 2.5 yards of twine or string of choice
How to make a wood shim banner…
First, I cut out 7 1 inch stars on my Silhouette. I placed a star on the skinny end of each wood shim. I then tapped off the top part of the wood shim I did not want painted. I just placed a long piece of tape across all of the wood shims at the same time because I chose not to paint the sides.
I then painted each piece being careful to dab around the stars first in order to prevent paint leaking under the vinyl.
It took me a while to figure out how to string each wood shim without them spinning around to the backside. It’s all in the placement of your knots. First fold your string or twine in half and make a knot about 2 inches from the fold. I then slipped in a wood shim and made a square not (or double knot). Because a wood shim is tapered it won’t fall out.
2.5 yards should be enough to add 7 wood shims to your Fourth of July wood shim banner. At the end I made a knot at 2 inches (just like the beginning) and cut off access twine.
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