How to Make a Wood Snowflake Decoration Out of Wood Shims

8 Materials
45 Minutes

This beautiful wood snowflake decoration is easy to make. Just pick up a pack of wood shims and a few other supplies from the hardware store to get started. Let's go!

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Tools and supplies for for the DIY snowflake

Here are the supplies I used to make this beautiful snowflake. This decoration looks complicated to make but it really goes together quickly once you have the pieces cut.

Gluing the wood shims in a star shape

1. Glue the wood shims in a star-shape

To get started, you'll need to glue four 12-inch wood shims at the center as shown above. If you have shorter shims, just glue the short- end to the short end to make the four 12-inch pieces needed.

Note: If you'd like to make this decoration for outdoor use, use a few tack nails with wood glue for a better hold, or try a silicone adhesive like GE GE500 Silicone 2+ Window and Door Caulk.

Measuring the wood shims

2. Measure more wood shims

Next, measure out 3-inch pieces with a pencil and ruler onto your shims. You'll need sixteen of these to make the decorative ends of your snowflake.

Cutting the wood shims

3. Cut the wood shims

Use a small hand saw and a vice to cut the pieces out and don't worry if the edges are rough. You can always go back with a little sandpaper to smooth the ends later.

Gluing the cut pieces together

4. Glue the pieces with wood glue

Glue all your 3-inch pieces onto your snowflake base using a good amount of wood glue using the design above as a guide.

There are four 'V' overlapped pieces on four alternating ends and cross pieces on the other four. In the center are four overlapped pieces that look like a plus sign to give the design a little more depth.

Adding weight while the glue dries

5. Apply weight or clamp

Once all of your pieces are in place, use a heavy weight or clamps to hold things in place as the glue sets. I really think the weight in the center helped but the smaller pieces were fine without clamps when adding a generous amount of wood glue, so just use your judgment on this.

Painted wood snowflake

6. Paint white and silver

Here's another photo of my finished snowflake. I painted mine with white chalk paint (just dry brushed on) and then went back in with acrylic silver paint to accent and add depth to the edges.

Use whatever color paint you like. Decorate them with glitter or other decorations to match your decor.

If you'd like to hang your snowflake up, hot glue a loop of twine to the back.

DIY wood snowflake

DIY wood snowflake

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Suggested materials:
  • 12-Inch Wood shims (can use 8-inches though)
  • Wood glue
  • Craft clamps
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  • 17335038 17335038 on Jan 10, 2023

    If you wanted to bling up your snowflakes a little more, I would suggest to add some diamante stickers. The self-adhesive types are inexpensive, easy to work with, and do not shed the way glitter does.

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  • Aimee Aimee on Jan 16, 2023

    This is such a good idea!