I always have an itch to organize and decorate at the start of the year, so I created this cute and simple mini wood shelf with hooks. The mountain design is fun and makes for a unique addition to an entryway, don’t you think? Learn how easy it is to assemble your own – read and follow the tutorial so you can make a mountain shelf DIY for yourself as well!
Supplies needed to make your own mountain shelf DIY:
- Craft Plywood (12 x 12)
- Basswood Piece (1/8″)
- 1/2″ Cup Brass Hooks
- Wood Glue
- Staple Gun
- Rotary Tool
- 1″ x 2″ Wood piece
- Wood Stain
- Americana Decor Chalk Paint in Lace
- Americana Decor Chalk Paint in Relic
- Sponge Brush
- Mixing Cup
- Craft Knife
- Picture Hanger (Sawtooth Hangers or Ring Plate Hangers)
Step 1. First, measure how long you want the ledge piece to be. Since the craft plywood I have is 12 x 12, I measured 12 inches from the 1″ x 2″ wood piece and cut it to size. You can use a miter box, miter saw or even have it cut at the hardware store. You can also use a wider ledge piece if you prefer a deeper shelf.
Step 2. Draw your mountain range – use a ruler to guide your lines and make sure to erase any lines that you would not want to follow. Also account for a 1″ space from the bottom of the wood piece so your ledge has a backing to stick on.
Step 3. Cut the mountain. This part was actually harder than expected! I thought I would be able to cut it with a craft knife, but it was too thick for that. I ended up using a rotary tool and a wood wheel, however you can use a scroll saw if you have one. If you don’t have a rotary tool or a scroll saw, I suggest using layers of chipboard instead and substituting the craft plywood with some balsa or basswood for the top wood layer.
Step 4. Once you are done cutting the mountain base, use sandpaper to smooth the edges.
Step 5. Cut a second mountain range to go in front of the mountain base. I used basswood for this as I needed it to be thinner than the wood backing.
Step 6. Make sure your wood pieces fit together right – this is how mine looked and I was happy with how it came together.
Step 7. Once you are happy with your design, it’s time to assemble it! Attach the ledge with some wood glue. To strengthen it, I stapled the back down with a heavy-duty staple gun.
Step 8. Stain your wood piece, from the ledge to the mountain base and the backside as well.
Step 9. Once the stain is dry, paint the mountain backing with a darker gray, and the front mountain range in a lighter gray. If you don’t have a lighter gray color, you can mix some white chalk paint onto your dark gray to create a lighter gray color.
Step 10. I wanted to add some more elements to my mountain shelf DIY so I added some snow caps to my back mountain range! I thought it was a cute addition to the design.
Step 11. Once dry, glue down the front mountain using some wood glue. Use clamps to keep them in place and prevent them from curling.
Step 12. Attach your hooks. I marked 2″ from the each edge and the middle as well. Drill pilot holes so it’s easy to screw your hooks.
Step 13. Next, attach your hanger. If you are planning to hang light items, a sawtooth hanger or even command strips would work for it. If you are planning to hang heavier items, it’s recommended that you use ring plate hangers on each end instead.
And you are done! The end result is something funky and fresh for your space. I definitely love how my mountain shelf DIY turned out.
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Aki is an avid DIY-er, crafter and designer. She loves trying out new craft materials, processes, and learning about new ideas. She has a passion for designing printed material as well, from free cards, wallpapers and party items. Follow her crafty adventures over at mintedstrawberry.blogspot.ca where she shares DIY tutorials and free printables.