DIY Floating Shelves Tutorial {and Handmade Christmas}

WELCOME to my new followers from The Follow Fest! If you haven’t already, find me on facebook where I post too pretty often, and you can connect with me one-on-one!

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and that your weekend was great, too! I’ll post more about that later, but for today, I finally want to share with you something I receive lots of comments and emails about.

This would also make a great (easy & inexpensive) gift for someone, too! I know two people on my list who have asked for them! So I’m also adding these to the Handmade Christmas List!


Without further ado….

 Supplies Two 1x4s, mulling strip or ¼ round molding, wood glue, miter saw (or have store cut materials to size), nail gun or drill, clamps, tape measure & pencil,

Step 1gather all of your materials
Step 2measure and cut your 1x4s & molding to size (if you didn’t have the store do it for you)
Step 3align your 1x4s like shown, then take your nail gun & shoot nails through the end all the way across (or screw with a drill and 2” screws – predrill your holes. 4 or 5 should do it)
Step 4Using your caulk gun, spread glue across the widest board as shown.
Step 5Remove any excess glue & clamp together for a couple of hours (if you can wait, unlike me)
Step 6Paint whatever color you like. I’ve used regular paint or spray paint (I prefer to spray)
Step 7Once the paint is dry, measure where you want to hang them and then screw the backs onto the wall (into a stud is recommended). Cover any screw holes with something pretty!


Tip: Primed 1x4s would probably work best, but I didn’t want to delay writing this any longer, so I just used the regular 1x4s I had (from an old pallet, actually). They’re not pretty, but paint will cover the ugliness right up! And once you decorate them, I promise you won’t notice any defects (trust me, the white ones in my dining room are pretty rough)!

These cost you under $10 for paint and everything! Unless you use a pallet like I did, then the cost would be about $4!
Here is the set that I spray painted black for my family room’s gallery wall.  Original Post here
Sorry it’s so grainy – ugh! These I cut two different lengths, and love! Original post here.

What do you think?!? When you make your own, please link back and share with all of us!

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  1. Found you from followers fest!
    Great tutorial! This is definitely getting bookmarked for future reference. :)

  2. Sawdust and Paperscraps says:

    Great tutorial for easy shelves that let you create a whole vignette like you might do with a picture frame moulding on top of waiscoting but without the wainscoting. I love the picture collage in the dark frames on the dark shelves. Beautiful!

  3. WhyCuzICan says:

    Fun tut for these shelves— might have to give that one a try :)

    Oh, and CONGRATS on being featured at Cherished Treasure's linky party (Sunday Blog Love) today :D
    WTG! I post at that party too, and that's how I spotted your project :)

    Smiles, Suzanne in NW Illinois (chilly today)

  4. Kelli @ The Turquoise Piano says:

    These look great! I've had people ask how to do this and I will refer them to your blog. New follower.

  5. Jaima of Ring Around the Rosies says:

    Thank you all so much for your sweet comments! I hope that you make them and link back with your projects!!!

  6. This is so great! I have been wanting to do something like this for a long time!! Thanks for sharing!

    I would love for you to link up at my new party starting today!!
    snap, craft & blog till your heart's {content} @ a content housewife {blog}

    Have a great week!

  7. Great shelf. Where did you bought this big black picture frame?

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