It took me 5 packs of wood shims to cover my 2x2 plywood, but obviously the quantity you need will vary based on the size of your art piece. This whole project cost me less than $15, but you may be able to do it cheaper if you don't go with the precut plywood (and again, of course depending on the size).
Wood Shim DIY Wall Art
I've been learning about the importance of texture in a home, and I've been trying to find more ways to incorporate it into ours. I came across this wood shim art and decided to give it a try because shims are pretty inexpensive! If you've been here a while, you know I love a good, cheap DIY.
What I used:
2x2 pre-cut plywood
Wood shims (8 in)
Liquid nails (wood glue would also work)
Step 1: Decide on layout
I played around with a few different orientations until I was happy. I tried herringbone, one arrow, and stripes. I laid out the pieces exactly as I wanted them to be. I tried to spread out shims with similar colors, widths, and lengths. I also tried to vary where I had the seams to give it a more "random" look.
Step 2: Cut shims
I used a miter saw to cut my shims. My project worked out so that 3 shims fit perfectly across the board (8 inch shims, 24 inch plywood). Because of this, after each cut I marked both halves of the shim with the same number. This was so that when I glued my shims down, I could place both cut portions in the same row, keeping a full 24 inch row.
Step 3: Glue
I glued mine down using liquid nails because I had some on hand, but wood glue would also work just fine.
Step 4: Hang (optional)
I added a saw tooth hanger which I pulled off of an old frame I wasn't using. I screwed it into the back of the art, and hung it up!
You can also paint/stain your pieces. I've seen cool examples where some shims are stained a different color randomly throughout the piece. I'm still debating on doing this. I'm also thinking about making a frame for it to give it a more finished look, but that’s all TBD.
This was a great way to add some more interest and dimension to a room, and all for only $15!