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DIY Display Shelf

Easy DIY display shelf

Spice up your home with an easy homemade display shelf. Nothing better to decorate than a shelf with a few pretty items on it. 

Organize your home with style, this wall shelf is the perfect spot to display collectible, a nice plant or a cute dry flowers bouquet.

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My first plan when I made this DIY display shelf was to add some wall storage in the downstairs bathroom, but it turns out the shelf didn’t fit in the space at all.

So I walk around the house looking for a place to hang it…and I end up flipping the bedroom wall decor to hang it above the drawers. I place it next to the floating nightstand shelf I made awhile ago.

It’s nice to have decorative shelves to display plants and pretty items. I still feel that something is missing to complete the decor…maybe a few nice baskets? What do you think?

Follow the steps here under to make this cute wall shelf, it’s easy to build and you won’t believe the unexpected supply I used to make it.

Don’t forget to share your make, I love to see what you build with my tutorials.

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How to build a display shelf

Supplies you will need:

To build the shelf you will only use the inner circle of the embroidery hoop. I found a shop on Etsy where you can buy wood hoops that are perfect for this DIY.

First, place a hoop on a flat surface and build a wood frame around it.

You need to cut 4 identical pieces of wood trim. The end of each trim are cut at inverted 45 degree angles. The smaller side of the trim is equal at the wood circle dimension.

I give you the measurement with my dimension, but you can build your shelf with the embroidery hoop size you want.

The hoop I have has a diameter of 16 in. I reported that measure on the trim and trace two 45 degree angles at each end. The angles goes in opposite direction , like this  >>> / 16in. \ (or see the picture above).

It helps if you use a miter box to make perfect 45 degree angles.

glue the frame to make the shelf

Once you have your 4 trim pieces cut, sand the edges and assemble the frame.

Glue the edges together and staple them to strengthen the assembly. It helps if you can use a 90 degree corner clamp to hold the wood trims while the glue dries. Repeat moving the corner clamp until the fourths side of the frame are build together.

use clamps to build the wall shelf

Slide the embroidery hoop inside the frame, add 4 glue dots to fix it into the frame and hold with clamps while the glue dries.

Then repeat the previous steps to build a second identical frame with the other wood hoop.

Glue the base of the DIY display shelf

Cut a piece of 4 in. width plank to make the shelf base, and glue a frame on each side. Hold with clamps.

The glue is strong enough to hold the shelf together but the wood pieces have to be press together while the glue is drying.

Assemble the diy wall shelf

Cut two small trim pieces of 4 in. length and glue them to hold the upper part of the frames together. Again, hold the assembly with clamps while the glue dries.

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fix the DIY shelf on the wall 

To hang the shelf on the wall, nail 2 sawtooth hangers on the back.

It works in my case because I will only display lightweight decorative items in it. If you want to use your shelf to put planters or any other heavy item, I suggest you to add some metal brackets under the shelf for more safety.

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And done! What do you think?

I tried to display different items into the shelf to see how I like it the most. For now, I left my wooden Catarina in it (see the picture below).

DIY shelves are such a fun way to decorate. It’s easy to change the items you put on it and switch it following your mood and to display seasonal decoration.

What do you want to place in your DIY display shelf?

I love to see your creations, so don’t hesitate to let me a comment or share them on social media (FB: @ohohdeco IG: ohoh.deco)

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Peter Stieve

Saturday 8th of June 2019

It helps in designing what you have explained in details with different angles.

Catherine Cole

Friday 31st of May 2019

Very nice idea that you give through this blog. I like it thank you for writing this blog.


Sunday 12th of May 2019

I love this! I adore clean geometric shapes. I could maybe do this. The DOD Bride is a perfect opposite style object to display! ?


Thursday 9th of May 2019

This is a beautiful idea. And to place the greenery in a white vase, that "blends away" with the white background is really clever. I love it. But you are right, something is missing. To me, always fighting clutter, the clean look is extremely attractive however. Personally I would feel that baskets, as much as I love them, would be too much. What I would do, is replace the white vase with some beautiful antique looking bottle of a similar size...Apothecary, Perfume or anything really. This would add a lot of interest as well as contrast to the otherwise modern and wonderfully clean look. Just as thought, since you asked. Thanks for sharing all your great ideas.


Friday 10th of May 2019

I like your idea if adding more interesting objets in the shelf instead of hanging more things on the wall! A small collection will be perfect to display on this shelf! Thanks for the suggestion ?


Thursday 9th of May 2019

Ha quedado chulísima! Y es muy original! Ahora tendrás que hacer otra para el baño??


Friday 10th of May 2019

Muchas gracias ? tal vez lo que necesita el baño es orden y no más repisas?...todavía no se como voy a terminar el espacio! Pero seguro que lo compartir por aquí cuando esta listo ?