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I am a fan of using wood shims in projects and today I am sharing how to create DIY gilded wood shim wall art.

DIY Gilded Wood Shim Wall Art! Learn how easy it is to get your design on by creating your own gilded art using wood shims. UpcycledTreasures.com

DIY Gilded Wood Shim Wall Art

I made some wood shim art about a year ago and have been itching to make another for quite some time. As you may already know I plan on creating a gallery wall in my office/studio but need more art to add to the mix.

My budget is quite limited so I decided to DIY some wall art using materials I already had on hand. Not only is this project super easy but it can also be customized to match your decor style and colors.

Materials Needed for DIY Gilded Wood Shim Wall Art:


Let me start off by saying that I used gold leaf on 1/3 of my wood shims, but if I was to do this project all over again I would simply spray paint them with gold paint instead or used rub n buff. Sure the gold leaf may add a little extra sparkle but it was much more time consuming and I think the spray paint would have looked great, been easier and less expensive.

The first thing I did was grab a bunch of wood shims and decide what pattern I wanted and how big I wanted it to be. I actually laid the shims out on some leftover plywood from my giant chalkboard project. You may have seen this photo on Instagram last week:

DIY Gilded Wood Shim Wall Art! Learn how easy it is to get your design on by creating your own gilded art using wood shims. UpcycledTreasures.com

I didn’t have enough wood shims to double them up, which creates a flat even look as seen in the photo above, but I like the texture and effect of the different widths so that was okay with me.

I separated my wood shims into 3 piles knowing I wanted 1/3 to stay natural, 1/3 to be gilded and the other 1/3 to be painted with a custom blue color I mixed. After I lightly sanded and then painted/gilded the wood shims I used my glue gun to attach them to the piece of plywood.

DIY Gilded Wood Shim Wall Art! Learn how easy it is to get your design on by creating your own gilded art using wood shims. UpcycledTreasures.com

I covered most of the board, knowing that we would go back with the jigsaw to cut the overhanging wood shims and make the edges straight. I made a line with some painters tape and Eric then cut along the edge of the tape to ensure a straight line.DIY Gilded Wood Shim Wall Art! Learn how easy it is to get your design on by creating your own gilded art using wood shims. UpcycledTreasures.com

Afterward Eric created a frame using some thin scrap wood that I painted white {which he cut to size}. He then used our Ryobi Airstrike to nail them into place. Once the first frame was nailed into place he nailed some more scrap wood (which I also painted white) on top of the first frame, which basically created a shadowbox effect.

DIY Gilded Wood Shim Wall Art! Learn how easy it is to get your design on by creating your own gilded art using wood shims. UpcycledTreasures.com

After filling in some of the frame cracks and a bit of touchup painting my DIY gilded wood shim art was all finished, woo-hoo!

DIY Gilded Wood Shim Wall Art! Learn how easy it is to get your design on by creating your own gilded art using wood shims. UpcycledTreasures.com

DIY Gilded Wood Shim Wall Art! Learn how easy it is to get your design on by creating your own gilded art using wood shims. UpcycledTreasures.com

I still have some gallery wall planning to do so I haven’t actually put it up yet, but I will definitely share those photos with you as soon as it is.

I love how it turned out and that I was able to make it using what we had on hand. So what do you think?