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DIY Shelving using Wood and Leather

December 4, 2015

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This time I am here with another awesome and easy DIY home decor project. This time I am going to show you how to make DIY shelving using wood and leather.  For this project all you have to know how to do is drill a hole, hang a few hooks and tie a couple of knots. I hung these wood and leather shelves in my 6 year old's bedroom, in about 30 minutes, to display some of her favorite things. I couldn't help but style it for Christmas. She's a big fan!

I was trying to use mostly things I had on hand as this was a last-minute, spur-of-the-moment project. Sometimes those turn out the best though, don't you think? I had to run to my local home improvement store for the wood but otherwise I already had everything I needed.  This post contains some affiliate links.  Click here to read my full disclosure policy.

LOVE THIS! This DIY shelving using wood and leather is absolutely fabulous, and so easy to make. Great beginner project. Full tutorial by Houseologie for Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body.

Supplies You Will Need for this DIY Shelving Project:

  • 1 – 1×6 select pine, cut in half to make two shelves
  • 4 – Picture hanging hooks 
  • 4 – long strands of leather string {the length will depend on how far spaced you want your shelves to be}
  • Drill
  • Drill Bit
  • Level
  • Pencil

DIY Shelving Tutorial:

LOVE THIS! This DIY shelving using wood and leather is absolutely fabulous, and so easy to make. Great beginner project. Full tutorial by Houseologie for Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body.

To start you need to decide where you want your shelves to be then secure your picture hanging hooks to the wall. I used nails into studs, inserted at an angle, but if you don't have studs you can use drywall anchors and screws. Use your level to make sure they are even.

Next drill two holes on each end of your pine pieces. I measured in a half an inch from each edge, marked the spot then drilled straight through.

LOVE THIS! This DIY shelving using wood and leather is absolutely fabulous, and so easy to make. Great beginner project. Full tutorial by Houseologie for Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body.

Then take your strands of leather string and fold each one in half over on itself and tie it into a knot like the picture above, leaving loops at the top and two strands hanging down.

Now is when an extra pair of hands is helpful. Hang your leather loop on the picture hook then grab one of your boards to thread a string through each hole while your extra pair of hands holds the board.  Sit a level on the board to make sure it's level then pull the strings taught and knot them. This may take a few tries to get the knot snug under the board while still keeping the board level, but you can do it.  Snip off any extra length and repeat the process with your second shelf.

That's it!  We love how these easy shelves turned out!  What do you think?

LOVE THIS! This DIY shelving using wood and leather is absolutely fabulous, and so easy to make. Great beginner project. Full tutorial by Houseologie for Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body.

LOVE THIS! This DIY shelving using wood and leather is absolutely fabulous, and so easy to make. Great beginner project. Full tutorial by Houseologie for Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body.

LOVE THIS! This DIY shelving using wood and leather is absolutely fabulous, and so easy to make. Great beginner project. Full tutorial by Houseologie for Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body.

LOVE THIS! This DIY shelving using wood and leather is absolutely fabulous, and so easy to make. Great beginner project. Full tutorial by Houseologie for Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body.

LOVE THIS! This DIY shelving using wood and leather is absolutely fabulous, and so easy to make. Great beginner project. Full tutorial by Houseologie for Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body.

If you love this project, be sure to pin it so you can refer back to it later!

LOVE THIS! This DIY shelving using wood and leather is absolutely fabulous, and so easy to make. Great beginner project. Full tutorial by Houseologie for Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body.

 

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  1. […] These natural-looking shelves are super easy to make and won’t take much time. Prepare one piece 1×6 select pine, cut in half to make two shelves, 4 hanging hooks, 4 long strands of leather string, a drill, a drill bit, a level, a pencil. To start you need to decide where you want your shelves to be then secure your picture hanging hooks to the wall. If you don’t have studs you can use drywall anchors and screws. Use your level to make sure they are even. Next drill two holes on each end of your pine pieces. Measure in a half an inch from each edge, mark the spot then drill straight through. Keep reading the tutorial in the source. […]

  2. I love these so much! They look great in her room. And that bunny clock is so adorable!

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