DIY Hanging Shelves

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I love a good DIY project, especially when it comes to my home decor. I love being able to save money while decorating my home the way I want. Decor can be pricey and while DIY is more “work” I love being able to say, I made that! My creations may not always be perfect, but they are surely unique to my home.

I had a vision for the walls in my room and how I wanted to decorate them. Since we recently moved to a new place, I was able to start from square one and plan a room that I love. I brainstormed projects that needed to be done and slowly started buying pieces to combine together. Hanging shelves were at the top of my list, who doesn’t need a nice shelf to complete a room? They are so functional and would fit into many room themes. The possibilities are endless and you can change out your little knick knacks as many times as you feel necessary.

First, you will need to collect your supplies. I was so eager to make my shelves, so I popped into Lowe’s for the wood and Walmart for the rest of my supplies and surprisingly found all I needed!

Supplies List:

If you choose to stain your wood, this would be your first step. I chose to leave the wood as is for my room shelves, but if I want to go back in the future, I can easily take off the rope and paint then reassemble.


Step 1: Drill four (4) holes in your wood, one on each corner. I used 24″ x 5.5″ wood pieces which I purchased from Lowe’s. You can eyeball the placement of your holes or use a measuring tape to measure evenly. I do not own fancy tools, so I used my small hand drill with a 1/4 drill bit and it worked perfectly fine. Repeat this step on your second board.

Step 2: You will need to cut two (2) pieces of cord/rope to the length you want your shelves to hang. Don’t worry too much about keeping it too long because you can always cut at the end. I used paracord which frayed once cut, so I took a lighter and melted the ends which helped a ton.

Reminder: Be sure the rope/cord you choose can hold the weight you plan to put on your shelves.

Step 3: Fold the cords in half. Then take the metal ring and place the folded ends on top and make a “loop” and tighten.

Step 4: Take one strand of cord and pull through the drilled holes. Repeat for the three other strands.

Step 5: This step can get a little tricky, so if someone is around to help, have them hold the wood piece at the height you want it to hang while you tie a knot under each hole. If not, you can easily readjust if needed, so don’t be afraid to knot then adjust.

NOTE: You will notice the back knots will be slightly higher than the front to balance the top shelf. I found it easier to hang my shelf and knot.

Repeat steps 4 & 5 to add on the second shelf. Once you are done, trim the cord then take the lighter to melt off the edges, if needed.

Need more than two shelves? Keep adding on shelves to create of bigger unit!

Finally, hang your shelves and add all your cute decor to personalize! Enjoy!

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