DIY Floating Shelf

Submitted by thediyplan on Wed, 09/11/2019 - 16:37
Difficulty
Beginner
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We had an empty wall in the corner or our bedroom so I decided to build a DIY floating shelf for a plant. Instead of just having a picture frame on the wall we wanted to have a small live plant. I made an opening on top of the shelf so that the pot sits lower and it looks like the plant is growing from the shelf.

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Floating Shelf
Dimensions
Floating shelf dimensions

Preparation

Shopping List

Material List

• 2x3x8' (x1)
• 20 3/4" x 22 3/4" - 1/2" Plywood (x1)
• 2 1/2" Pocket Hole Screws
• 2 1/2" Wood Screws
• Wood Glue
• Brad Nails

 

Tools for this project

Drill
Kreg Jig
Miter Saw
Tape Measure
Nail Gun
Sander
Table Saw
• Stud Finder

Cut List

 

DIY Floating shelf cut list

Instructions

Step 1

floating shelf frame

Cut Boards for Frame

First start by building a frame for the shelf. Take 2x3 board and cut it to 18 1/2" in length. Also, cut two boards that are 7” in length.

Step 2

floating shelf frame

Drill Pocket Holes

To hold the frame together use Kreg Jig to drill pocket holes. Both of the 7” long pieces will have two pocket holes for 2 1/2" Pocket Hole Screws.

Step 3

floating shelf frame

Attach Frame Together

Attach the 7” pieces to the 18 1/2" long board using 2 1/2" Pocket Hole Screws.

Step 4

Plywood for floating shelf

Cut Plywood for Shelf

Using ½” plywood, cut the plywood to provided dimensions on the drawing

Step 5

floating shelf from plywood

Attach Bottom, Front and Sides

Take the bottom piece and the front piece and attach them together using Wood Glue and Brad Nails with a Nail Gun. Then attach the side pieces with Wood Glue and Nail Gun.

Step 6

cut hole in plywood for floating shelf

Cut Opening on Top of Shelf

For the top piece, measure 5” from the back and 5” from the side. This will be the center of a 6” hole. Draw a circle using a compass. Drill a small hole on the inside of the circle so that you could insert a jig saw blade. Cut the hole following the line of the circle with a jig saw.

Step 7

floating shelf DIY

Assemble the Top Piece

Now attach the top piece to the rest of the shelf

Step 8

painting floating shelf

Paint and Stain

I used coffee bean stain for the first layer, then lightly brushed white paint over the stain for the second layer.

Step 9

frame on the wall for floating shelf

Attach Frame to Wall

Use a Stud Finder to locate the studs inside the wall. Attach the frame to the wall. Make sure the screws are hitting the studs not just sheet rock. This is a small shelf so most likely it will not span two studs. But having two screws in one stud should be strong enough to support the shelf.

Step 10

Slide shelf over the frame

Slide Shelf Over the Frame

Insert the pan inside the shelf for the plant, then slide the shelf over the frame on the wall. Place the pot inside the shelf hole. You’re done with the this DIY Floating Shelf for the Plant.

Project Type
Room