DIY Shelf

Posted on Jul 17, 2016

DIY Shelf

Everywhere I turn I see a new DIY craft idea more clever than the next. As a part of this blog I have decided to try out some of the fun DIY projects I’ve seen on the web to show everyone that they are fun way to add some handmade touches to your home or office.

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Today I made a popsicle stick shelf¬– something I’ve been seeing everywhere lately. I found the craft on Nifty (via Facebook) and to my surprise it was actually quite easy to make. Here’s how I did it:

Most of the items you will need to make the shelf are things you can find at home or at the dollar store. Everything I used we already had here at the museum so I guarantee many of these things will already have laying around.

popcicle shelf

You will need:
– Popsicle sticks (lots of them)
– Wood glue
– Ruler
– Marker
– Paper
– Wood stain
– Paintbrush

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Start off by drawing the shape of the shelf you would like to make. Mine is a hexagon but you could do anything you’d like. The best way to do this is to lay out the popsicle sticks and trace out the shape (I learned this after trying to measure everything and then building a very crooked shelf).

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If your shelf is a hexagon, position your popsicle sticks as pictured, alternating every other hexagon side.

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Add glue to more sticks and use them to make a second layer on top of the first, alternating every other hexagon side.

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Continue like this until your shelf is the desired depth. I went about 16 sticks deep per side.

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Wait until the glue is dry (I gave it a few hours) before applying the wood stain. Use a paintbrush to apply the stain making sure to get in between each stick.

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Let the stain dry and your shelf is complete!

I plan to put my shelf in the windowsill with a plant inside of it but there are so many more options than just that. I have seen these types of shelves nailed to walls with books placed in them, hanging from the ceiling, and even used as photo frames. You can even extend the shape to make a much larger shelf. The possibilities are endless so take some time this weekend and add a little DIY touch to your space!