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!



  1. Frankie Laney on May 20, 2013 at 9:28 am

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

  2. Lindsey Edwards on April 10, 2013 at 2:54 pm

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

  3. Jessica Judyski on March 8, 2013 at 11:08 am

    AMAZING! Definitely making this 🙂

  4. Jessica Ann on March 3, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    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!

  5. Patricia on February 19, 2013 at 1:04 pm

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

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