I just love Christmas and it is easily my favorite holiday to decorate for. I also love to create my own decorations to decorate with.
This shim tree was really a lot of fun to make and it came together rather quickly.
My finished tree stands about 17 1/2 inches high and the diameter of the base is 10 inches. But you could easily make it larger or smaller by the size of the cone and number of layers.
To make the tree I used 3 packages of wood shims from Lowes.
1 package of 14 shims cost $1.50. So this super cute tree only cost me less then $5 to make!
To Make the Cone Base
- Tape 4 pieces of 12 x 12 card stock together to create a large square
- Roll into desired cone shape and secure with tape
- Cut the bottom edge of the cone so it sits flat
I just grabbed card stock for the base, but wish I would have payed closer attention to the color because you will be able to see the paper between the shims. (I later cut out the paper where it was showing with a hobby blade, because I didn't like seeing it.)
With a hot glue gun start with the bottom and move up. For my tree I used 16 shims on the bottom level, 13 on the second and 9 around the top.
I really like how the tree looked without being painted or stained. I debated on leaving it that way, but ultimately decided to get out the can of spray paint.
I really like it painted green too!
And I think it looks really nice on my mantle/top of entertainment center.
(You get a point for each of my other DIY projects you can identify here!)
What is your favorite holiday to decorate for?