Saturday, August 24, 2013

DIY Floating Shelves

Hi! Today I am sharing how I made those floating shelves in my sons bedroom makeover I posted about the other day.  This was so simple and so cheap, my two favorite things in DIY. :)
So first off, I went to Goodwill and found a book for .99 cents.  I needed the book to be pretty big but not too big.  The one I found is about 13" x 9".
Once I had my book I headed to the hardware store and bought a 4" L bracket and 1/2" screws.
I got the 1/2 screws because that was about how thick the book I found was.  If you have a thick book you may want to use longer nails.

Once I had my materials I was ready to drill! I opened up the back cover of the book and placed the L bracket facing down to the ground. Then just screwed my screws straight into the book.  I had to hold the pages down tightly so the screw would go all the way, but made sure it didn't come out the front cover of the book.
(*note: if I was doing this again I would use two brackets spaced apart for more stability once its on the wall.)    
After I got the bracket screwed into the book I simply used hot glue to attach the back cover and hide the bracket.
When the glue was dry I was done and it was ready for the wall!
I anchored my screws into the wall when I hung them up.   And added all of Carter's favorite books! This is such a fun element, and the fact it was so easy and inexpensive makes it even better! 

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21 comments:

  1. That is really cool! I can't believe it is just an L bracket!

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  2. They look fantastic! I found your link up next to mine at the Monday Funday party.

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  3. What a cute idea! I'd love for you to link up to The DIY'ers. http://homecomingmn.blogspot.com/2013/08/the-diyers-and-last-weeks-top-three.html

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  4. So clever and simple. Thanks for sharing! I just started following you via Bloglovin'. Can't wait to see what other fun things you share with us!

    Amy @ http://delineateyourdwelling.blogspot.com

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  5. Genius! I love it and it is so simple!

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  6. How fun! So perfect and magical for a kiddos room! :)

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  7. Hi! Found you on Whimsey Wed blog hop. I am so doing this for the play room. I love, love, love it! Pinned and now following via Bloglovin'
    ~Jackie @ The Non-Martha Momma

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  8. Okay, this is just way too cool!!! Love your idea!!
    Stopping by from The Inspiration Exchange!!

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  9. These are seriously adorable and so clever! I love it!

    We would love for you to link up at our new mega-party Work it Wednesday if you haven't already. Each link will be shown on 4 blogs! Work it Wednesday

    - Krista @ the happy housie

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  10. This is such a cute idea! I love it! I pinned for later. Julia @ www.juliakendrick.com

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  11. I love love love this idea! Great job. They turned out fantastically. Thank you so much for sharing this over at the Pinworthy Projects Party this week.

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  12. How stinkin' cool are these?! I had to Pin it for a future kids room. I never thought about how simple this would be. Thanks for the awesome idea!

    Kylie
    absolutelyarkansas.blogspot.com

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  13. I LOVE this idea!!! Sharing it on G+! Thanks for linking it up at Monday Funday!

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  14. Great repurpose and so charming! Featured you today from the Whimsy Wednesday Link Party!! Thanks for sharing!

    http://www.ohmy-creative.com/home/decor-accents/diy-craft-trends-style-home/

    Susan

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  15. Wow! Nice! I love these floating shelves :)

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  16. So creative and cute for a child's room! Love it!

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  17. Amazing! So creative and such a cute way to store books for your little one. Great job!

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  18. Super smart and simple DIY! Brillant! I think I will be using this in my playroom and will totally link back when I post about it!

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  19. What a unique idea--- thanks!!!

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