I had this “grand” idea that I was going to post a DIY project once a month this year…not sure if my typical procrastinator self is showing true colors or if everyone is feeling that this year is flying already?!
Last month I scrambled to post the DIY Morse Code bracelets before January was up and now here this month’s DIY post is barely making it, and it doesn’t help that February cuts me shy a few days!!! …Of course this year is a leap year, thankfully, otherwise this post surely wouldn’t have happened!!!
Ugh but alas here we go, and the best part is this project is so darn quick, simple, and decor versatile that it keeps me excited about throwing this post together at the last minute!
Isn’t it sweet? Lets get started!
You will need:
a 1″ x 4″ pine board in a 6 foot length (which would make 5 to 6 shelves)
3/8 inch or 10 mm Rope Purchase through Amazon here (or rope of your choice)
Compound miter saw
Drill (with bit same size as diameter of rope)
Fine grit (220) Sandpaper and sanding block
Paint or stain (if preferred) with brush or rag
Total costs: under $25 but that gets you approximately six shelves made
First off you will cut your board to a preferred length, 12 inches seems to work nicely.
Then you will mark all four corners at a 1/2 inch.
Next you will need to drill all four corners.
If your material is rough now would be the time to sand all the flat surfaces and sharp edges…can’t stand this part FYI…
After sanding and wiping any sawdust off the board you may paint or stain.
After painting or staining allow your piece to cure for at least 24 hours. (Time frame may vary depending on temperature and humidity.)
On to the rope hangers!
You will cut two 33 inch pieces of rope. This needs to be pretty precise so that the pieces end up the same length. After cutting the rope you’ll want to twist any frayed ends together and then wrap masking tape around those ends to make it easier to feed the rope through the holes in the board.
One rope per end. Then tie knots at the end of your ropes leaving approximately a half inch tail on each end. Again this step should be precise so that your shelf hangs evenly once finished.
That’s it, last and best part is hanging it for display.
Note: If you plan to place items on the shelf that you will be using frequently then using the triangle display formation may cause the shelf to teeter once an item is removed therefore it may work better to hang your ropes individually, one rope per nail like so:
Thanks for “hanging” with me through this DIY!! Be sure to let me know if you end up making one of these rope shelves. Works great as a gift or to keep for yourself!
Also keep in mind all rope lengths and shelf lengths can all be customized to your liking as far as size or length goes.
We’ve also made a double rope shelf, which I’m not going to give directions on but it’s just a matter of using longer rope and tying knots under each board at your desired length. The picture below should be able to give you a good idea.
P.S. Thanks husband for helping put this post together, your photography skills, your wording, the cheap makeshift sanding block idea, your somewhat noteworthy patience with me…k I’m done!!😉