Shim-tastic Box

Sometime last year, we were visiting my parents in Lubbock when my mom, Moni, decided she was not going to use this pile of shims she had painted for a project. Never one to turn down a freebie, I gladly took the painted shims off her hands. They have been sitting in a box since then waiting for inspiration to strike. (Sometimes it takes awhile.) I had an empty box of trash bags recently and a lightbulb went on. Why not make a Shim-tastic Box to add a little color in my breakfast area?

Here's what you need: sturdy box, spray paint, shims (painted with acrylic paints), and a glue gun.
Start by trimming off the flaps on top of the box and spray paint it white (in case there are any gaps when adhering the shims to the box).
Paint your shims the desired colors and allow to dry. Using the glue gun, adhere the shims to the box alternating thick and thin ends of the shims.
This is a great craft to get the kiddos involved in, by the way.
When it's finished, you can use it as a planter box or whatever your imagination dreams up. I put a plant in mine. I also put a saucer underneath the plant to keep the inside of the box dry. I love the little pop of summer colors here on the window seats in the kitchen{which look like they are in need of a new coat of paint ;-)}.
I still have some shims left over...what should I do with them? Maybe make another box planter? Have you done any fun crafting with shims?
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16 comments:

  1. How clever! Cute little box planter...a fun touch of color and texture!

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  2. great idea. I just love that you used "shim tastic!"

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  3. What a cute idea Nici! I love it. And I think I have some extra shims (and surely a good, sturdy box....or two or three) laying around here. I might just have to make a shimtastic box myself! Thanks for the inspiration. Have a lovely evening!

    Debbie

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  4. Love this idea! What a fun way to add color to houseplants.

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  5. such a cute project love how it turned out

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  6. What a lovely and creative blog! I can't say I ever thought about using shims before!

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    Have a blessed week!

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  7. This is such a cute and creative project for kids - love it! I think I will have to make it with my son since he loves to paint :) Thanks for sharing. And thank you for following my blog :) I am now following you through Bloglovin' and I am excited to visit your lovely blog often.

    Have a beautiful weekend!

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  8. Such a cute project idea! Love the colors. :)

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  9. Love this idea. So simple, but such a nice impact. I would love it if you would link this up to my link party. http://www.ifitsnotbaroquedesignblog.blogspot.com/2013/06/tuesday-link-party-23.html

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  10. Cute, clever and creative use of shims!

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  11. Pretty, and great use of a freebie. Thanks for sharing.
    http://www.creativeramblingsblog.com/

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  12. Just saw this on {wow me} wednesday - how adorable! So simple, yet it looks like you bought it in a store. I think you've inspired me to try this - I love it! Thanks for sharing!

    Kim @ {enjoy the view}

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  13. That's awesome! Looks so cute, and such a clever idea!

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  14. This looks awesome!!! We would love it if you would link up at our linky party:
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    We hope to see you there!

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  15. This is the perfect summer craft for tweens and teens! love it! so cute!

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  16. Great fun rustic look. Don't you just love moms for sharing craft stuff?! Thanks for sharing at Inspire Us Thursday.

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