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

  6. Tammie Heimbruch Schmidt on February 16, 2013 at 11:42 am

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

    • Shanty2Chic on February 16, 2013 at 7:42 pm

      Thank you Tammie! I appreciate your sweet comment! 🙂

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      ?Mine looks aboslutely beautiful! I built it myself! I used the plans at to build mine – I highly recommend you visit that website and check their plans out too. They are detailed and super easy to read and understand unlike several others I found online. The amount of plans there is mind-boggling… there’s like 16,000 plans or something like that for tons of different projects. Definitely enough to keep me busy with projects for many more years to come haha?

      ? Go to www. – click the pink link above for some more plans! Best of luck on your building adventures! I love mine so much 🙂

  7. Damyon T. Verbo on February 16, 2013 at 9:34 am

    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.

    • Shanty2Chic on February 16, 2013 at 12:36 pm

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

    • sic semper tyrannis on March 24, 2013 at 8:01 pm

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

      • NoNameRequired on January 13, 2016 at 11:03 pm

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

  8. Karie Dawley on February 16, 2013 at 8:20 am

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

  9. Rachel Schmidt Pufall on February 16, 2013 at 7:08 am

    Amazed!!! Doing this soon!

  10. pamalama_dingdong on February 15, 2013 at 9:36 pm

    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?

    • Shanty2Chic on February 16, 2013 at 7:38 am

      Thank you! Let me think on that one!!

  11. kathleen ward on February 15, 2013 at 8:32 pm

    Yall think of the neatest crafts!

  12. Kelly Davis on February 15, 2013 at 7:35 pm

    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 (

  13. [email protected] on February 15, 2013 at 5:35 pm

    Awesome idea!!! Luv it!

  14. Kellie on February 15, 2013 at 5:31 pm

    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.

    • Shanty2Chic on February 15, 2013 at 7:36 pm

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

  15. Jamie K on February 15, 2013 at 5:18 pm

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

    • Shanty2Chic on February 15, 2013 at 7:36 pm

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

  16. jeanne on February 15, 2013 at 4:26 pm

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

  17. Sandra Belue on February 15, 2013 at 4:23 pm

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

    • Shanty2Chic on February 15, 2013 at 7:37 pm

      For sure Sandra! Lots of options!!

  18. Jan Fusco on February 15, 2013 at 4:20 pm

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

  19. Gail Vespa on February 15, 2013 at 4:05 pm

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

    Loved this.


    • Shanty2Chic on February 15, 2013 at 7:37 pm

      Good thinking Gail!! Good luck with that!

  20. Julia Nosovitch on February 15, 2013 at 4:01 pm

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

    • Shanty2Chic on February 15, 2013 at 7:37 pm

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

  21. khartran on February 15, 2013 at 3:35 pm

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

    • Shanty2Chic on February 15, 2013 at 7:38 pm

      Very smart!… You got me thinking….

  22. Bliss on February 15, 2013 at 3:24 pm

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



    • Shanty2Chic on February 15, 2013 at 7:38 pm

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

  23. Katie Jasiewicz on February 15, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    I love this idea!!! So original.

  24. Michelle Daniels on February 15, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    Love, love this!! Thank you 🙂

  25. Lynn Vining on February 15, 2013 at 12:04 pm

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

    • Shanty2Chic on February 15, 2013 at 7:39 pm

      Yes it does! Good thinking 🙂 Thanks so much!

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