Hanging Shelf Project

Hanging Shelf Project


Hanging Shelf

Just in case you are wondering…..I’m not really cool or hip.

I try.

Really. ย I do.

I mean….I wear red lipstick and sunglasses and amazing earrings and blinged out sweaters and cute flip-flops and colored jeans.

And I know colored jeans are in this year. ย Kelly and Luke from 90210 told me so in that Old Navy commercial.


But somewhere between the colored jeans and the red lipstick….it all goes south.


Hanging Shelf Upstairs

It’s kind of like in high school when I decided to make an a-line pencil skirt…..except I thought I didn’t really need a pattern….so I just cut out a square of material and sewed it together. ย And then when I put it on….I discovered that people used patterns for things like….oh…..waist bands….because I was just wearing a cylinder.

A cylinder without a waist.


And I wasn’t even fazed.

After all, aren’t waistbands overrated?

I just looped another strip of material around my waist…..tied a bow and called it a day.

And paired it with a lumberjack shirt.


Cool and hip?

Not so much.

I try really hard.

But then….I’m the one at the party wearing the lumberjack cylinder ensemble.


Maybe that’s why I love this hanging shelf project so much.

Because it’s cool and hip.

Colored jeans kind of hip.

And it’s not even wearing lipstick ๐Ÿ™‚

Cool and Hip Hanging Shelf Project


Boards for Wooden Shelf

2 of these

4 eye hooks

1 ceiling hook

rope or twine

Boards For Project

Step 1: ย Cut your boards

My shelf measures 17.5″ x 17.5″.

Each board is 1″ x 3″ (which really means 1″ x 2.5″).

Cut seven of your boards to 17.5 inches long (so each board measures 17.5″ x 2.5″)

Cut two 17.5″ more for the back for support.

Shelf Project


Step 2: ย Nail together

Place your support board across the seven boards and nail together.

Repeat for both sides.


Step 3: ย Attach eye holes

Screw an eye hole in to each of the four corners.

Until you have something that looks like this.

Side of Shelf

Step 4: Tie twine or rope to each of the eye holes

Thread twine through each of the eye holes and knot securely.

Hanging Shelf Project

Step 5: Tie off twine into a triangle

Take all four corners of the twine and make one giant knot.

Then knot a single piece of twine and attach securely to a ceiling hook.

Hanging Shelf

Here it is in all its glory.

My cool hip shelf…..

…..at least I thought it was cool.

Until the upstairs inhabitants promptly rolled their eyes and told me no one has a shelf
like that.

And could they have ย a camouflage bean bag chair?


That’s the story of my life as a cool hip person…..

….I’m always just a waistband away ๐Ÿ™‚


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  1. I love that idea! That would be so cute in my son’s room.

    Have a wonderful and Blessed day

  2. I think it’s hip and cool. Kids never appreciate a parent’s style of decorating, at least until they get older. My daughter always said she didn’t want to decorate like I do, but now that she’s out of college – guess what? She’s become a chip off the old block. Your shelf is great and looks like it’s right out of a DIY magazine.

  3. Very cool! I also love the banners from the Texas universities ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. You’re to funny!!! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Love the shelf!!!

  5. I love starting my day off with your blog. I can just picture you in that outfit. I would love to make this shelf, but the only things I have to cut with are scissors and a butcher knife. Now, although I have been known to saw off the bottom limbs of a Christmas tree with a butcher knife (don’t worry, my then four year old child wasn’t injured when the fully decorated tree fell over. She didn’t even notice, because she was so engrossed with watching something totally inappropriate on TV) something tells me I don’t have enough years left in my life to make a shelf this way. I guess I will just love yours vicariously. I might however, be able to stuff some camouflage material with beans,


  6. You can not fool me. You are so, too, cool and hip! What a great idea for a boy’s room. Bet your
    boys think you’re pretty cool and hip.

  7. Cute and love the clock.

  8. Well, they are still honing their taste. Which clearly was lacking when they rolled their eyes at this very cool, very hip shelf. Don’t worry, one of these days they will get it. And, they already think their mom is very cool and very hip – which is a documented fact.โ™ฅ

  9. I think you are the coolest ๐Ÿ™‚ except for the lumberjack shirt….not too sure about that ๐Ÿ™‚

    I think I will add this fun project to my middle little persons room remodel. He will love it. I will not be making one for the smallest little person, he would use it as a swing!

    Oh and since you mentioned 90210, I feel the need to tell you that my friend and neighbor played Samantha Sanders (Steve’s mom)


    Have a great day ๐Ÿ™‚


  10. You never cease to amaze me! You’re creativity is unbelievable! LOVE this hanging shelf!!!

  11. I think it’s cool. But then again, what do I know?


  12. This is pretty cool and I love the red wardrobe too!

  13. My “little people” ie–teenagers never get my projects either! It’s always, “What are you doing?” said in the most amazed voice like I am a complete alien. Your shelf is cool but I’m dying to see the top and how you hung it! I’ve thought about colored jeans but don’t have any…

  14. I like that red wardrobe! and the alarm clock – SHINY THING!!! My attention span is not what it used to be… particularly following that twitter chat last night. Sigh, love your shelf idea.

    Have a happy weekend lovely girl!

    ps what colour and kind of paint is on that wardrobe?

  15. cylinder skirt!!!! LOL…..LOL … I nearly fell off the sofa laughing so hard…….just like Carrie Ann did on Dancing with the Stars this week. I did a shelf like that once, a zillion years ago, when we were first married. A rope shelf. It was black with three shelves. Must remember that one for when I get my beach house. ๐Ÿ™‚ Have a fabulous weekend xoxo

  16. I love the project, I think it is cool.


  17. that is fabulous! i love the red cabinet- how have i never seen it before? love it!
    and i think you are cool. i am not cool and my husband who works with cool people, laughs at me all the time in my odd un cool-ness. i think he likes me because i am not cool like the people he works with.

  18. You are trying too hard – and cool and hip is way overrated. I’d much rather be unique!! Forget the colored jeans and whatever else and just be you!

    Great project – love that room.


  19. Love your hanging shelf, but I really love the red lipstick story. ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. This was a hilarious post (nothing new) and it made my morning. You’re a fantastic writerโ€”keep it up.

  21. Well, your first mistake was in asking your children! Obviously we think it’s cool!! Think about it….lumberjack shirt, red lipstick and blingy earrings…!! No? Well I’ve never been cool either…ask my children! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  22. Oh I think you are hip and cool! But who am I to say? I’m the girl in HS who didn’t have pegged jeans so hand sewed my jeans to be pegged at the bottom which looked ridiculous because all the extra material inside just bulged out…. Very creative idea with the shelf!! You read my hip and cool post so you know I try too! LOL Haven’t been brave enough to try the colored jeans yet so you are definitely ahead of me! LOL Have a great day!! Traci

  23. You are both cool and hip…Have a great weekend…

  24. your cylinder skirt sounds about as cool as my highschool sewing project: purple taffeta balloon skirt circa 88. Glorious, I tell ya! Love the shelf, and ps, it’s against kid law to proclaim your parents cool.

  25. You crack me up all the time. The shelf is cute and love your styling.

  26. I remember when I was a teenager, I just wanted my family to be NORMAL. What was I THINKING? ๐Ÿ˜‰ Love the shelf idea – much moreso than the idea of a camo beanbag, I must say! But the red wardrobe? Oh. My. Goodness. I’m a sucker for both red AND wardrobes!!

    You will note that your blog gets put a little earlier in my day, every day? ๐Ÿ™‚ Have a great one! I’ll try not to think about the cylinder skirt and lumberjack plaid . . . . LOL

  27. ๐Ÿ™‚ You write cool and hip blog posts so I think you score! And I LIKE the hanging shelf idea – I’m sitting here trying to figure out where I can put one!

  28. That is a very cool shelf!!
    Isn’t it a wonder we all survived the teenage years?!
    Love that Red Storage unit beside your shelf!! Any tutorial for that to go with your gravity-defying shelf?

  29. Ha! I just bought my first ever pair of colored jeans – it was like a right of passage for me – Carry on!

  30. I have been dreaming of making a shelf like this – but I thought I ‘d have to drill holes and crate some nautical Popeye style knot so needless to say, it never happened!

    Eye Holes!! Genius – where have you been all my life?!

    Oh and by the way, haven’t you heard that it’s hip to be square

  31. I think you are plenty cool. This shelf is great. You could put it up higher and attach another one under the first one, screwing eye hooks in the bottom of the top one and attaching the rope using those hooks. Very clever idea!

  32. You are hip and cool. You look adorbs and your house is gorg. You have the best ideas too! xox

  33. I am behind on reading e-mail so I read several of your blogs today. You make me smile! Your unique point of view of life is refreshing and entertaining, You would be a fun friend to have!

  34. Tell the kids they already have a camouflage beanbag chair – they just can’t see it because it’s……camouflaged! Have them roam the house randomly throwing themselves to the ground to see if there is anything there.

  35. Hi cute Karianne!
    Oh…I loved your narrative…Your tubular skirt story…and, your very hip and cool shelf! How I delight in rooms that have splashes of RED…my very favorite color in the whole world.
    As I have gotten older, I must confess….that my idea of being cool is deciding what I wear based on what doesn’t itch!
    Have a happy day, my sweet friend,
    Blessings across the miles,
    Carolynn xo

  36. It’s awesome! (that is my sad over 30 version of a cool word btw)
    Camo bean bags are soooo over, right up there with technicolour t-shirts and awkward hand prints…love David’s comment!
    If the kidlets don’t want that awesome rug peeking out of the piccie, send her my way!

  37. Still giggling about the skirt… I love that you still went with it. KariAnne, you might not consider yourself hip or cool, but I have to admit to having a huge blog crush on you ๐Ÿ™‚ And I bet there’s a a thousand more like me too.

  38. This project is just as cute as can be but YOUR WORDS are even cuter. :)) I love reading your wit.
    xo bj

  39. Well, I think it’s charming. And it couldn’t look any better even with red lipstick.

  40. Another amazing idea! Love the shelf! Love always put a smile on my face; you’re so witty! Happy Weekend!

  41. Love this hanging shelf and think it’s totally hip and cool!

  42. I love it but if I had something like it here my darling grandsons would try climbing in it…………………..lol

  43. What a great idea! And I love the way you’ve styled it, too. Thanks so much for sharing the tutorial with us!

  44. How do you come up with all of these fabulous, cool projects??? Move over Martha, you need your own show! …This is awesome! If I did it in my son’s room, he would think I was the coolest mom, ever! ๐Ÿ™‚

  45. I think it’s very cool & hip! What a cool idea, I love it!
    And once again…thanks for the chuckle!! lol
    Debbie ๐Ÿ™‚

  46. Thanks so much for leaving a sweet comment, have a nice weekend.

  47. Karianne, being cool is over rated, You are clever that is even better!!

  48. Hip and cool, indeed! Love it! I would never have thought to do that … hmmm … I’m looking around to see where I could put one! Thanks for the fabulous idea!

  49. I actually think your shelf is cool and hip… Just wait ’til the friends see it – it’ll be cool and hip in no time, because… No-one has a shelf like that (apparently), and they’ll want one, too! You’ll be the coolest, hippest mom on the planet!

  50. This is a cool idea and very hip of you! Love the red white and blue theme.

  51. Another cute and clever project!!…You are the hippest!!!…gotta go and put on my hot pink jeans!!…

  52. Very Cool and Hip!!

  53. So how is the hanging shelf being received now? Can you tell I’m a little behind? I personally think it is great!! Well I had better be moving… only 3 more posts to read and I’m caught up!! Toodles! (are you sure you don’t work as a designer/styler for one of the magazines? because you have talent!)

  54. love it.
    what a cool project. where in the world do you get these ideas?
    i say you’re definitely cool and hip. :)) lets keep saying it until we convince ourselves, okay?

  55. I think it is way cool and hip! I think I will make one. I am cool and hip, too, so that should reassure you. Although I likely should mention that my main focus right now is wondering where one buys a lumberjack shirt. No cylinder skirt, thanks, as my cylinder has become more of a barrel. But a lumberjack shirt, definitely.