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January: Shim Sunburst Mirror

A handyman's secret weapon for setting door jambs, aligning molding, and temporarily fixing wobbly furniture, humble wood shims go from toolbox staple to style booster in this sunburst mirror frame. Making your own is simple and, at only about $35 for materials, far less expensive than any off-the-shelf version. All you need are shims in two lengths—for the 26-inch looker shown here, we used 234 shims in 8- and 12-inch lengths (About $1.50 for 14 and about $4 for 42, respectively; lowes.com)—and a plain, round beveled mirror ($6 for a 12-inch mirror; shop.hobbylobby.com).

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