Wood Snowflake Decoration Made From Wood Shims

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Square feature of a wood snowflake decoration sitting on a chair on top of a basket of birch logs and pinecones with a clear glass vase of willows on the side.

This beautiful wood snowflake decoration is easy to make. Just pick up a pack of wood shims and a few other supplies from the hardware store to get started. See the complete supplies list below.

I love decorations you can keep up well after Christmas and snowflake decor is perfect to display all winter long.


This snowflake decoration is large, twelve inches in diameter, and looks beautiful on a mantel, in a basket on the porch, or in place of a wreath on the front door.

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I’m using this decoration indoors so I only needed to use wood glue. Wood glue creates a strong bond to unfinished wood shims but if you’d like to make a snowflake to use as an outdoor decoration you may want to use a combination of wood glue and small tack nails or use a silicone-based adhesive like GE GE500 Silicone 2+ Window and Door Caulk.

Below are the instructions, photos, and a short video that shows how to make this beautiful snowflake decoration.

How to Make a Decorative Wood Snowflake – Video

How-to video.


Photo of the supplies used to make a wood snowflake decoration.
  • 12-Inch Wood shims (can use 8-inches though)
  • Wood glue
  • Craft clamps
  • Paint (I’m using white chalk paint and silver acrylic paint as an accent color)
  • A chip brush
  • A ruler and pencil
  • A sanding block (optional)
  • A vise and a small hand saw


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How to Make a Decorative Wood Snowflake

To get started, you’ll need to overlap and glue four 12-inch wood shims together at the center with wood glue as shown below. Note: If you have shorter wood shims you can glue them together to form the longer 12-inch pieces needed.

Glue four shims together at the center as a base for your snowflake.
Glue four 12-inch wood shims together at the center.



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Next, use a ruler and mark each shim at the 3- inch point. You’ll need sixteen 3-inch pieces to complete the snowflake design.

Measure and cut smaller pieces to make your snowflake 3-inches long.
Measure and mark 3-inch pieces.

Cut wood shims using a handsaw and vice. Don’t worry if your pieces are a little rough, you can lightly sand the edges if needed.

Secure your wood shim in a vice to grip and use a handsaw to cut 3-inch pieces.
Use a handsaw and a vice to cut the shims.

Use a generous amount of wood glue to glue the smaller pieces in place as shown below. There are ‘V’ shapes on four of the ends and I used one cross piece on the other four ends of my snowflake. To finish the design, I added four more pieces to make a ‘+’ in the middle. Check out the video above the supplies list for more detail.

Photo of snowflake after wood gluing all the pieces on.
Assemble the pieces as shown with wood glue.

Place a heavy object on your snowflake while drying and use clamps if needed.

Add clamps as needed while the glue dries.

Once the glue has dried (about 2 hours), you can paint your snowflake and glue a string to the back if you’d like to hang it up.


Vertical feature image of a finished wood snowflake decoration sitting on a chair on top of a basket of birch logs and pinecones with a clear glass vase of willows on the side.


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