Wood Shim Table Runner DIY

Hey hey!

I am SO pleased with how my latest project turned out!  My dining table has looked naked since Christmas, and I have been on the hunt for the perfect table runner.  It only took me a couple of months to come up with something, but I would say it was worth the wait.  The best part??  All you need is a hot glue gun for this project! Woohoo!

 Here is how my wood shim table runner turned out…

DIY Wood Table Runner

This is so easy to make!  Plus… It cost under $10… Woohoo!

Here we go!

You will need a pack of wood shims from the hardware store.  They will be in the lumber section.  These are the ones I used…

wood shims

My first step was staining them.  I originally planned to do it all one color, but then decided to mix it up a bit!  All of these are Rust-Oleum Wood Stains that can be found at Lowe’s.  Here are the four colors I used…

RustOleum Wood Stains

I just split them up into 4 groups and gave them all a coat of stain.  This stain is so awesome!  It only takes 1 coat and dries in under an hour… Woohoo!

While those were drying I started on the fabric.  Any fabric will due!  I had some of this utility fabric handy so I used it.

linen look fabric

My shims were all 12″ long, so I cut my fabric strip 10″ wide.  Then, just cut the fabric the length you want your runner to be… Easy!

fabric for table runner

Now for the easiest part!  Time to hot glue these babies down!

I laid out my shims first to get an idea of what it would look like.  There was no science here… Just eyeballed the whole thing.  Shims are thicker on one end, so I also made sure to change the direction they were going so they would not all be facing the same way.

hot glue gun

LOVE my hot glue gun!  Need a holder for yours??  Here is a tutorial for mine!

hot glue gun holder

Just pick up your shims and glue them down… So darn easy!

wood shim runner

That’s it!  Simple, cheap and oh so CHIC… My kind of project! 😉

Here are a few more pictures of it on the table!

Wood Shim Table Runner

Shim Table Runner

Wood Table Runner

DIY Wood Table Runner

DIY Table Runner

What do you think??  Did I mention it cost me under $10 to make???  Yippee!

Thank you so much for stopping by!  I would love for you to share my table runner and PIN it below!  You guys are great!  Thanks again!

Have a great weekend!


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  • Frankie Laney

    This is so on trend. I love it and guess what’s going on my short project list?
    Yep, for sure.

  • Agh! I love this idea! We have a package of shims leftover from our kitchen remodel! I have to get right on this!! Thanks!!

  • Jessica Judyski

    AMAZING! Definitely making this 🙂

  • Jessica Ann

    I love this so much! I’ve done quite a few projects on your website and always go back for more ideas! Thanks so much for sharing and keep up the great work! You girls are amazing and such an inspiration!

  • Patricia

    I love the look of your wood shim table runner, and will make one soon.
    Thank you for the inspiration

  • You have some of the best DIY projects around. Thank you so much for sharing them with all of us!

    • Thank you Tammie! I appreciate your sweet comment! 🙂

  • Damyon T. Verbo

    Using tapered shims may create an unstable platform for tall objects. I suggest using wooden lathe. Lathe has texture and is flat. I also suggest applying a coat of spray lacquer to the top of the strips to keep the stain in the wood and not on your table cloth, before attaching to the runner cloth.

    • That’s actually the look I was going for… Thanks!!

    • sic semper tyrannis

      What is wooden lathe? The only thing I can think of is the spinning tool.

      • NoNameRequired

        He or she means Lath…as in Lath & Plaster 😉

  • Karie Dawley

    Love this! My kind of project! You ladies are the best! What color is that room?

  • Amazed!!! Doing this soon!

  • pamalama_dingdong

    love it..and i love the measuring spoon printable you did the other day,do you think you could do a printable for a measuring cup one too?

  • kathleen ward

    Yall think of the neatest crafts!

  • I love this! It wouldn’t be as simple, but you can rip 1/4″ plywood into strips in any width (and length) you’d like and stain them.
    I’ve used thin wood strips for my wooden mosaic wall art (http://diymyhomes.wordpress.com/2012/11/06/how-to-make-wood-mosaic-wall-art/)

  • L.Padgett45@gmail.com

    Awesome idea!!! Luv it!

  • Kellie

    I have to say, I love your projects and have been a follower for a while now. However, the pop-up ads have discouraged me from looking through your site. I don’t know that I’ll continue to enjoy Shanty2Chic any longer.

    • Sorry to hear that Kellie! Thanks so much for letting us know!

  • Jamie K

    Gosh Gosh….I love all of your ideas! Can’t wait to make this one! Yay!

    • So glad you like it! Thanks for your sweet message!

  • jeanne

    absolutely lov this. I will be making these for my staging jobs

  • I think this would be beautiful using your decor colors too….if your table was stained.

  • Jan Fusco

    LOVE………….IT! Gotta make that. Thanks.

  • Gail Vespa

    This gives me an idea with longer strips for a shade for the spare room.

    Loved this.


  • Could also do this with some leftover furring strips cut in pieces. Nice project.

    • Oooh I have lots of those :-)) Good call! Thanks so much!

  • khartran

    How clever! I am thinking this might work for placemats too! Great job!

  • Bliss

    Ok, trying to say this calmly…… I LOVE IT!



    • This made me laugh Bliss! THanks so much for your sweet message!

  • I love this idea!!! So original.

  • Michelle Daniels

    Love, love this!! Thank you 🙂

  • Lynn Vining

    This is such a wonderful idea! Doubles as a trivet for hot dishes too! Gotta try this! Thanks for the inspiration!

    • Yes it does! Good thinking 🙂 Thanks so much!