Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Wood Shims Wall Art

I've been oohing and aahing over this image for a couple of months now.  When my sister first decided that she wanted my help to completely redo her apartment, I sent her this image.  That wall sculpture is amazing.  My little DIY brain started working and scheming as to how I could make something similar.  There is no way that I could find gold metal pieces and weld them together.  I'm a glue gun kind of girl.

I thought of using the same concept as my sunburst mirror, wood shims, paint, some wreaths from Michael's,and my glue gun. 
I painted them using Folk Art Pure Gold acrylic paint from Michael's.
I bought two wreaths, also from Michael's.  An 18 inch and a 12 inch one.  I off centered them.
I glued the shims spaced apart.   As I went around the wreath, I started placing them further in.
As I got to the "short" side, I actually cut them. 
I just filled in the spaces with shims.
After I glued them all on, it sat in my family room for about a week.  I wasn't loving the center of it. 
I asked my mom (the art teacher), if she had something I could use.  I was thinking maybe large macrame beads or something.  She happened to have a box full of wooden pieces.  All different shapes and sizes.  I picked varying sizes of what you see below.
I randomly glued them on. I glued them off the the side, where the shims meet in the (off) middle.
Here it is with the wooden things painted the same gold.  At this point, I still needed to add some shims to the right to continue the uneven look.
Here it is! I hung up in my house to take the picture.
It's a loose interpretation of my inspiration, but I'm kind of liking it.  It feels like a modern flower.  If my sister likes it, it will be hung in her 'new' dining room.
Cost of project:
Wood shims $10
All other supplies $10 at Michael's using 40% coupons
Total cost about $20
What do you think?
The DIY Show Off


Anonymous,  5/17/2011  


Bri@Meyouandawiener 5/17/2011  

Pretty cool I think you should keep it!

Lisa @ Turning Tables 5/17/2011  

I think it's awesome!!! It totally looks like a modern flower and I would definitely hang that in my dining room. As you know, I just started my blog, but after seeing your tutorial, I made my very own sunburst mirror just like yours (well, yours is definitely more polished looking and evenly spaced, but very similar to yours nonetheless). I will blog about it and will link to you so you can see it and get the credit for teaching me your skills :) Happy Tuesday! -Lisa - Turning Tables (Ali's sis)

Ali Richardson 5/17/2011  

SO SO awesome!!!! I love it :)

Amy 5/17/2011  

That is pretty cool! I am loving it!

Camilla 5/17/2011  

You have such a modern taste! I love it...Love the project.

Emilee,  5/17/2011  

I like you're better than the original! Great creativity!!

Emilee,  5/17/2011  

yours..not you're...ok how typo's drive me nuts after I post them! LOL

Anonymous,  5/17/2011  

Oh, I REALLY like this one! I think it looks great just the way it is!!

C.LEE 5/17/2011  

I LOVE this!!! What a great idea! It looks awesome!

~april 5/17/2011  

Very creative! ! Can you please email me the paint color /brand of you gray wall??I love it! Aprilscraftnest at gmail dot com

Unknown 5/17/2011  

What a great idea! So creative:) That inspiration image is one of my current favorites... so so pretty!

Karen 5/17/2011  

Love it, you could go in so many directions-glossy white or a hot pink would be fun too. I love me a low cost DIY.

Allie 5/17/2011  

Oh. WOW. Saw this on TT&J's facebook page. this is awesome. Excellent job!

modernhaus 5/17/2011  

You know what? I actually think yours is more organic and textural than the original piece. Especially under that light. I really like it!

Unknown 5/17/2011  

Amazing! Looks great on that wall color!

mary 5/17/2011  

Yay! Looks sooo chic on your beautiful walls! And finished in rapid time! xox!

LBB 5/17/2011  

Amazing! I really love how it turned out!! I'd want to keep it :)

Kirsten Krason 5/17/2011  

That looks amazing! You are so creative to think of that.

Andie Jaye 5/18/2011  

what fun! reminds me of a sunflower. love the look of it! thanks for stopping by and the follow today. am following you now too! :) andiejaye @ crayonfreckles

AsylumTanya 5/18/2011  

The one home improvement item that frightens my husband the most is the - wait for it - the SHIM! *insert girlie screaming here* However, I feel no such bone-chilling terror. I love what you have created. I love asymmetrical images in artwork so this is top notch! Thanks for sharing! (And keep making things out of shims to scare my husband!) ;)

Laurel@ChippingwithCharm 5/18/2011  

Wow, this turned out great! Laurel@chippingwithcharm

At The Picket Fence 5/19/2011  

It looks absolutely incredible! Your pics of it look like they are from an art gallery or something. :-) Thanks so much for linking this up to Inspiration Friday this week!

grant + brittany 5/19/2011  

WOW. i am so impressed.

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage 5/20/2011  

This is such a creative and inspired project- love how it turned out. Well done! Would love for you to come share this at Feathered Nest Friday sometime :)

Carol, The Answer Is Chocolate 5/20/2011  

What a great take on the starburst! It turned out so great !

Cassie {Hi Sugarplum} 5/20/2011  

you are genius with those things!

Michell @ Girl In Air 5/20/2011  

Love your version! Very modern!

Kristi @ Addicted 2 Decorating 5/22/2011  

I love how it turned out! Very chic, very modern. I hope your sister likes it!

Marie Anne 5/23/2011  

I think it's awesome! Very creative way to come up with a knock off.

Patti @ Pandoras Box 5/23/2011  

Great project...I like how it is assymetrical, too!

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Jen @ EmbellishingLifeEveryday 5/27/2011  

yours looks great! Like the modern look!

gail@My Repurposed Life 5/29/2011  

super job! looks great,

Lesley 6/02/2011  

You know I love this piece! Thanks for linking it up with me, sweetie!

Yanet @ 3 Sun Kissed Boys 6/02/2011  

That is such a cool looking work of art!

Sarah North 6/09/2011  

very mod, i like it!

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