I’ve always wanted somewhere to display my teeny-tiny treasures – the things that always look lost on a big shelf or mantelpiece. Here’s a really easy craft project to create some little shelves for them. It’s cheap, quick and very effective.
- a wooden cutlery tray – I bought my bamboo one from HomeSense for about £6.99
- a small tester-size tin of chalk paint – I used Rustoleum Chalky Finish paint in Antique white
- some pretty paper – mine is from Cambridge Imprint
- a small paintbrush
- PVA glue
1: Dust your tray and make sure it’s clean and ready for paint. The beauty of chalk paint is that you don’t need to worry about preparing your wood with sanding or priming.
2. Apply your first coat of chalk paint. Allow to dry overnight if possible before applying your next coat. I applied three coats which gave a good, even finish – however you may need more or less depending on your paint choice.
3. Once you’re happy with your paint coverage, decide how you’d like to decorate your shelves. You may prefer to leave them plain or, like me, add a little decorative paper behind some of your shelves. Measure the areas you’d like to cover with paper with a tape measure.
4. Carefully cut out pieces of paper to fill your chosen areas. This is a little fiddly, but not impossible. I am pretty slapdash and managed this with just a ruler, some scissors and a pencil – no fancy cutting tools required! You may need to make a few adjustments to make them the right size.
5. Apply a thin, even, layer of glue to the area you want to apply your paper. Carefully ease your paper into place and smooth down gently, but firmly.
6. Allow to dry and then find a new home for your little shelves!
They’d look great attached to the wall, but I love mine sitting on our playroom mantelpiece. This little set of shelves would also look great in a children’s bedroom filled with Lego mini figures.
What would you fill your shelves with? Mine contains a combination of seaside finds, little ornaments from holidays and my childhood – plus a few things the boys chose.