Painted Shim Christmas Tree

November 14, 2014

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Painted, Shim, Christmas, Tree, alternative, idea, craft, DIY, handmade, 4I made this shim Christmas tree a couple of years ago after one of the Lowe’s magazines came out – I had been searching for a replacement tree for Christmas, I was totally doing away with the artificial ones and I wasn’t sure how I would get a real one home so I opted for this shim tree for a couple of years. I loved the shim tree so much that I left it out all year, it had the height the space needed and it wasn’t obtrusive. This year we ordered a real tree – it hadn’t occurred to me before that I could just order one, I’m actually a little worried that it might be monstrous in size…but we’ll get there when we get there.

Painted, Shim, Christmas, Tree, alternative, idea, craft, DIY, handmade, 5Painted, Shim, Christmas, Tree, alternative, idea, craft, DIY, handmade, 6For one reason or another I decided I would paint the shim tree this year. I used the same technique that I used with the mini Christmas village trees except they received a little inadvertent glitter. I really like the glitter on the mini trees, so I am debating whether or not I will use any glitter on the shim tree. Another debate I am having is whether I should use Miss Mustard Seed glass glitter, it’s oh so much more magical than the plastic glitter though at the same time I have a lot of leftover white glitter that I used for the glitter pinecones. Oh decisions, decisions.

IMG_7717Painted, Shim, Christmas, Tree, alternative, idea, craft, DIY, handmade,I didn’t think I would get it done today, but I strung all of these lights outside today – I ordered 1200 lights for outside and the Christmas tree, but I wound up using them all outside on the peach trees so I will need to order more. By the way, if you are looking for a good price on LED string lights Sam’s Club has reels of 200 lights for about $20: they have warm and cool LEDs available. I spent about 6 hours searching for a decent price on lights so I thought I would pass it along and save you the time in the event that you were searching as well. I’m not sure if they have them instore, but they can be ordered online (shipping’s not bad).

Painted, Shim, Christmas, Tree, alternative, idea, craft, DIY, handmade, 3I will be doing an update on the progress of the living room makeover early next week and of course plenty of Christmas posts! Here’s a sneak peek at what will be happening on the mantel:

Painted, Shim, Christmas, Tree, alternative, idea, craft, DIY, handmade, 7Painted, Shim, Christmas, Tree, alternative, idea, craft, DIY, handmade, 2

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  • Kathy November 14, 2014 at 2:01 am

    I like the shim tree! I think I might be doing something different this year since we are moving before Christmas. I’ve been on the hunt for some pretty yard clippings. ;)

  • Pat Liggett November 14, 2014 at 4:37 am

    I love when you decorate for Christmas!!

  • Grandmother November 14, 2014 at 5:36 am

    Ooh, la la! I can’t wait to see more of the Christmas transformation. Will Little Man’s tree make it on the blog?

  • Leigh Powell Hines November 14, 2014 at 6:04 am

    That is neat. 1200 lights outside for Christmas. That’s going to be a job.

  • Skye November 14, 2014 at 6:23 am

    That shim tree would be so easy to store!

  • Heather November 14, 2014 at 7:52 am

    I love that tree!! I like it both ways! So cool! Thanks for linking up!

  • Tania November 14, 2014 at 9:08 am

    I love your shim tree! Did you post anywhere how you made it? I would love to make one!


  • Vanessa November 14, 2014 at 10:18 am

    I love how open to customization this project is! Definitely pinning!

  • MartiMagna November 14, 2014 at 11:49 am

    You never cease to amaze me. I love glitter too !!!
    can’t wait to see what you do with it

  • Vanessa November 14, 2014 at 11:54 am

    I am loveing the wood tree. Awesome

  • Tiffany November 14, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    What an original and unique idea. A great way to have a new way to decorate.

  • Agy November 14, 2014 at 9:05 pm

    This is lovely, and I like it that it is a mint green rather than the traditional Christmas green.

  • Katherine G November 14, 2014 at 10:20 pm

    I can’t wait to see the finish product with your tree. Looks like you are off to a great start.

  • Stephanie Pass November 15, 2014 at 9:40 pm

    That is adorable and such a cute idea! I hate pulling the big tree out and it’s green needle stuff gets everywhere. This would be such a great option!

  • Grace @ The Big Reveal November 15, 2014 at 10:32 pm

    Heather, this is such a cool idea! I hope you will link it up at the Found & Foraged Linky Party tonight! Hope to see you there

  • Laura Irion // Avery Street Design November 15, 2014 at 11:01 pm

    This is really cute! Love how it can go with rustic or modern. (And the greens on the mantle are oh so pretty too)! Thanks for linking up with Found & Foraged!

  • Grace @ The Big Reveal November 16, 2014 at 8:08 am

    Yay! I’m so glad you stopped by our Found & Foraged party. See you next week!

  • Christie November 16, 2014 at 5:32 pm

    You did an awesome job on this shim Christmas tree. I love it!

  • Katherines Corner November 16, 2014 at 10:03 pm

    you are a crafty rock star my friend!!! xo

  • Jess November 17, 2014 at 10:09 pm

    This looks SO adorable! I love it!

    Thanks for joining the Link Up this week!

  • Keri November 18, 2014 at 4:40 am

    Love this tree! What a great idea- thanks for sharing it at Turn It Up Tuesday

  • Carisa Smith November 18, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    That is such a cool project and a unique tree for Christmas. I totally want to make one now! Found you on INspiration Monday

  • Colleen Pastoor November 18, 2014 at 2:21 pm

    I’m loving wood shim projects right now! This tree looks fabulous- I’d love to see a tutorial :)

  • Deborah November 19, 2014 at 9:37 am

    That is such a cool tree and I’m loving the new finish on it! I’m a nut for glitter, and it would be very pretty, but without glitter it seems like it would be more “year-round” decor. Either way it is beautiful!
    Blessings, Deborah

  • Kyla @ House Of Hipsters November 20, 2014 at 2:15 pm

    Thank you so much for linking up at Found & Foraged! PINNED! Hope to see you again this Saturday night at 8PM!

  • Emily, Our house now a home November 20, 2014 at 8:38 pm

    This is so creative, I love the color you chose for it. Very fresh. This is one of my features from last weeks Friday Favorites. Come grab a button and link up!

  • Ginger November 22, 2014 at 6:39 pm

    Hey Heather! Love this project. Now to get some wood shims so I can do this at home. — I’m featuring you today at Show Me Saturday. Hope to see you there!

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    Would love to know what those shims are attached to!

  • Cindy@DIYbeautify December 3, 2014 at 7:04 am

    Heather, your shim tree is fabulous! I love the color you painted it this year.

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