DIY Shimmer Wall

DIY Shimmer Wall

Dress up a wall with dazzling artwork that really shimmers.


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Build this gorgeous shimmer wall by attaching precut tin plates or dog tags to a large piece of plywood.

Materials
Lightweight, precut tin plates (or blank square dog tags)
1⁄2-inch sheet of plywood (size of your choice)
Large T-square
Drill (with 1/8-inch drill bit)
18-gauge brad nail gun
1 1⁄2-inch brad nails
3-inch woodscrews
Stud finder
Pencil
Interior grade flat or semi-gloss paint
Paintbrush or small roller

Instructions

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  1. Measure the height and width of the lightweight precut tin plates. (In our case, we ordered blank square dog tags in bulk. They were 1-by- 1-inch squares with predrilled holes)
  2. Cut plywood to desired size of the shimmer wall with a skill saw. (In our case, we cut the plywood to 4-by 4-foot)
  3. Measure in 1 inch around the entire plywood piece. Draw straight lines using a T-square to mark this 1-inch border around all four sides of the plywood
  4. Decide which side will be the top of the shimmer wall. Measure 1⁄2-inch in from the border you just created (a total of 1 1⁄2 inches from the edge). Line up your T-square to make sure the line is straight, and draw a line from one side of the plywood piece to the other to create your first row
  5. Move down 1 1/8 inches and draw another row across the entire plywood piece. Continue drawing rows 1 1/8 inches apart down the entire sheet of plywood
  6. Measure a 1⁄2 inch over from the left border you drew on the plywood piece. Use the T-square to draw one column just as you did the first row in step 4. Continue drawing 1 1/8 inches columns across the entire plywood piece until you get to the other side
  7. Using a power drill with a 1/8-inch drill bit, drill through the plywood where the horizontal and vertical lines intersect. (Make sure not to drill up against the border)
  8. Attach a piece of 1-inch wood framing around the edge of the plywood using an 18-gauge brad nail gun with 1 1⁄2-inch brad nails
  9. Paint the plywood with interior grade paint with a flat or semi-gloss texture. Allow time for the paint to dry
  10. Determine where the studs are on the adjoining wall using a stud finder and attach the plywood frame using 3-inch wood screws on the studs
  11. Thread a shimmer plate (dog tag) over a 1 1⁄4-inch bright finish roofing nail and gently set the nail in the pre-drilled hole on the face of the shimmer wall. Do not hammer the nails in because you want to make sure there is plenty of room for the plates to move around in order to create the shimmer effect

Tip: To keep the plates from falling flat against the plywood backing, place a washer on the finishing nail between the plate and the plywood backing. This will allow the plates to “shimmer” more efficiently.

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LynneLa

LynneLa

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So beautiful!!! Tks for sharing :-)

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Is there a way to create this without attaching it to the wall - making it more of a picture.

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Okay - Love this wall art - saw the show - Q1: is there a trick to making the template for pilot wholes ... having trouble conceiving where to start first row. Q2: suggestions for hanging hardware/wholes? Thanks so much. Love the show.

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Thank you Kenneth Wingard!

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MsToys 21 and Katrina, I couldn't find a local store that had enough, so I found a manufacturer on line. If you search for "metal pet tag bulk" you should find lots of options. Ours were around .25 a piece. Have fun!

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