Easy DIY Shim Cross
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Scrap Wood DIY Cross

Scrap wood cross Hi friends! Today I am excited to share with you how I made this simple scrap wood DIY cross. This scrap wood DIY cross is a wonderful way to infuse your home with the true spirit of Easter. Crafting with scrap wood not only adds a touch of rustic charm but also allows for endless creativity without breaking the bank.

Creating this beautiful DIY wood cross is not only easy but also incredibly budget-friendly. The versatility of using scrap wood ensures that your creation will look anything but “cheap” and can seamlessly transition from an Easter decoration to a year-round piece in your home.

Give this gorgeous scrap wood DIY cross a try and discover how something so simple can make such a stunning impact in your living space. Whether you’re looking for a seasonal decor piece or a timeless accent, this project is sure to exceed your expectations. Embrace the beauty of handmade craftsmanship and add a touch of elegance to your home with this charming scrap wood creation. Here’s how:

Materials Needed:

Step 1.  Trim the shims to form a cross that fits over the center of your scrap piece of wood.  

trim the shims down into a cross shape to go over the center of the 7 inch piece of scrap wood

Step 2.  Once the cross is formed, take a pair of snips and carefully make small cuts into each end of the horizontal shim cross piece.  This will simply give the ends of the cross a more rugged look. 

use a pair of snips to carefully make small cuts into the ends of the cross to create a more rugged cross look

Step 3.  Apply some antique wax to the 7 inch piece of scrap wood and also to the shims for the cross.  Allow to dry. 

Apply some antique wax to the piece of scrap wood and the shims that formed the cross

Step 4.  Next, using a paintbrush, paint the piece of scrap wood with white chalk paint.  I used the Waverly brand in the color “Plaster” for this part. Apply two coats of paint to the piece of scrap wood, being sure to allow the board to dry in between coats.  Allow to dry completely. 

Apply two coats of Waverly white chalk paint to the scrap wood piece and allow the paint to dry in between coats.

Step 5.  Take a sanding block and gently sand over the front of the white chalk painted piece of scrap wood.  This simply allows some of the antique wax to come through on the final project, which creates a more rustic look.  

After the scrap wood piece is dried, take a sanding block and go over the front of the piece of scrap wood

Step 6.  Next, use hot glue to carefully glue your shim pieces down onto the scrap wood to form a cross.  Hold down over the center of the piece of scrap wood to allow the cross to dry into place. 

hot glue the shim pieces down onto the scrap wood to form a cross.  Hold down over the center of the piece of scrap wood to allow the cross to dry into place. 

Step 7.  Using a tag print from our monthly digital printables subscription group, cut the tag/print out, then crumble it to create a more vintage look. Next, punch a hole at the top of the tag/print, and then apply some antique wax over the print to make to look more rustic.  Allow this to dry. 

cut the tag/print out, then crumble it to create a more vintage look. Next, punch a hole at the top of the tag/print, and then apply some antique wax over the print to make to look more rustic.  Allow this to dry. 

Step 8.  Take the tag/print and carefully apply some black Dixie Bell antique wax around the edges of the tag/print.  Allow to dry.

Apply dixie bell antique wax around the edges of the print/tag and allow to dry.

Step 9.  Create a bow using some strands of raffia.  Then, hot glue the tag/print down onto the middle of the cross, and then use hot glue to secure the raffia bow over top of the tag, allowing the tag/print to still be visible.  Allow to dry. 

Create a bow using some strands of raffia.  Then, hot glue the tag/print down onto the middle of the cross, and then use hot glue to secure the raffia bow over top of the tag, allowing the tag/print to still be visible.

Step 10.  Trim away any excess raffia from the ends of the bow that may be too long for this project.  I like the raffia to hang down to about the middle of the piece of scrap wood.  

Step 11.  Add a small piece of greenery of your liking over top of the raffia bow, then add a small black button on top, use hot glue to secure into place and allow to dry. Enjoy!

 

 

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