Cheap Shelf, Rich Decor

A couple of years ago, I was just trying to find things to hang on my wall. Our newly renovated home was in dyer need of some beautiful decor.

I found some plans online to make a simple shelf out of a 1 x 2 and a 1 x 3. At that time, I invested in a Kreg Jig which I have used over and over again to this day. (I have since upgraded to a bigger Kreg Jig) If you don’t know what a Kreg Jig is, it is a pocket-hole jig for woodworking joinery.

<–Here is the first jig I bought myself. It was simple and did the job. You can find one on Amazon for about $40. (Affiliate Link)

I went to our local home improvement store and bought the cheapest wood I could find. One thing to keep in mind is to make sure the wood is as straight as possible. This will make your shelf easier to assemble and easier to hang and moreover, a better looking shelf.

I cut down my boards to a length that worked best for my wall without it being too short or too long. It ended up being 5 foot in length. I cut (2) 1×3’s and (1) 1×2 to that length.

I used the Kreg Jig and created pocket holes along both sides of one of the 1×3’s – this will be your bottom piece and two pocket holes on the back of the other 1×3 to used for hanging purposes. On my workbench, I glued and screwed the boards together, wiping off any excess glue that managed to work its way out of the joint.

I then used some stain that I had from another project and brought this beauty to life. I topped her off with a coat of Top Coat (Spray) and called it done.


Insides, I decided where I wanted to hang the shelf, determined the height and installed one screw in the wall. This shelf will not hold too much weight, so I did not stress about hitting a stud. Using a level, I was able to determine the placement of the other screw in relation to the two pocket holes on the back of the shelf. Once the shelf was hanging, it was not time to decorate!


We do not have a fireplace to hang our stockings at Christmas so this shelf is a great alternative! All I do is have a some push pins on the inside of the front 1×2 and the loops of the stockings just hang from there! Works like a charm!






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