DIY: Wall Shelves From A Shoebox


The days of creating dioramas from shoeboxes may be over, but there are still plenty of great DIY projects you can make by repurposing empty boxes. With a little bit of paint and paper, dress up your empty walls by turning shoeboxes into decorative shelves. Perfect for lightweight items, get creative and display some of your favorite pieces such as small vases, found objects, trinkets or frames. Use different sized boxes and a variety of colorful paper to create your own one-of-a-kind display, customized for your home. Display a single shelf or cover up an entire wall. The possibilities are endless when you DIY. Plus, you now have an excuse to buy more shoes.

Follow the steps below to make your very own.

• Shoebox or Photo Box (pick one with thick walls. The thicker it is, the sturdier the shelf will be)
• Spray Paint (for the base color of the box. I used gold)
• Decorative Paper (for the inside wall of the box)
• Scissors
• Glue Stick
• Screwdriver and 2 Screws

• Cut your decorative paper to the size of the back wall of the shoebox. We will be attaching it to the inside of the box so make sure it fits perfectly inside. Set aside.
• Spray paint the inside and outside walls of the shoebox to cover up any logos it may have.
• Once it is completely dry, attach the box to the wall with a screwdriver and nail. For extra sturdiness, screw another nail on the other side. Tip: Hanging the box vertically will be more sturdier and will be less likely to cause a dip on the ledge of the shelf if you display heavier objects.
• Apply glue to the back side of your paper and attach it to the inside of the box. By attaching the paper once the box is already hanging on the wall, the screws will remain hidden.
• Display your favorite (lightweight) decors and you're set!

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  1. Anonymous5/16/2012

    Hi Natalie, I really like your DIY ideas and just wanted to let you know that I have nominated you for the “Very Inspiring Blogger Award”. Should you choose to accept here is the link:

  2. Anonymous9/09/2012

    cool!!! :) thanks

  3. Parabens por essas idéias maravilhosas!!!

  4. Anonymous12/18/2012

    any suggestions for hanging them if you can't put holes in the wall? i'm renting and am nervous about the whole screwdriver thing.


    1. Hi there! Unfortunately, screws are probably the safest option. You could use a few thumb tacks if you are planning on placing very light items on the shelf, but I'm not too sure if that would even hold. Good luck!
      - Natalie

    2. Anonymous8/10/2013

      I would use command hook tapes. or just command hooks. I use them in my dorm and they hold up EVERYTHING. ive used the command hook strips to hold up my entire bulletin board and its much heavier than the shoebox shelf. It also removes from the wall damage free, it's super awesome you can get a pack of them at wal mart or target for like 6-7$

  5. Anonymous12/18/2012

    this is very clever, however I am wondering how well heavy objects stay and don't fold the frail sides of the shobox? or is this shoebox you made from cardboard material?

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  7. Very original! I'll try it :)

  8. This is wonderful. How heavy are those mini vases? Most of our shoe box cardboards are not that strong enough to hold the vases in place.

    Gonna def try this...impressed!!!

  10. Anonymous9/27/2013

    These would be nice sitting on a shelf, mantle or table!

    1. Anonymous12/01/2013

      they are shelves.... you put them on the wall

  11. This is an incredible good idea. I have a few boxes of wood in home and I would like to try the idea with them. Hope it turns out well, with half of your talent I would be the proudest girl in the world!! I am a super fan of yours :)

  12. Anonymous6/30/2014

    This is so CUTE!!! Your projects are always so original!
    LOVE it!

  13. Anonymous5/13/2015

    Did you reinforce the bottom side with anything because any shoe boxes I've tried sag on the bottom from any weight. Thank you so much for sharing. I welcome any suggestions.

    1. Anonymous10/04/2016

      Maybe if your box had a lid you could cut an extra layer for the bottom?

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  15. Shoebox ideas are great. I recently say really great box that looks like shoe box, and it got automatic shelves inside. Amazing.

  16. Hi,
    Very Creative. Thank you for Sharing.

  17. Excellent Post. Thanks for sharing.

  18. Waoo i have never think it before! just amazing. thanks for sharing!


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