As mentioned in a previous post here, Joe and I made these gorgeous DIY honeycomb shelves. Which were actually really easy. Yes, I only painted and he did the measuring and building but I also had to entertain a 2.5 year old who just wanted to help daddy, so I am fairly certain that was the hardest of the two jobs.
I have seen these shelves on a few children’s interior sites and while it would have been easier to buy online there is something more satisfying and special about making something yourself for your children. It was also cheaper. Big bonus there! You don’t need much at all, the main thing is knowing someone with a saw. Luckily for us we actually own one – Thanks to my dad and Joe building our deck last year! We had some wooden bed slats from an Ikea bed that broke when we moved into our house. Joe kept the wooden slats because he felt like he could use the wood one day. That one day finally came! I think we got our moneys worth from that bed 😉
- Miter saw
- Paint – if you wish to paint!
- Set your miter saw at 30 degrees
- Cut 6 pieces of 1 inch x 4 inch untreated wood at 8 inch, make sure when you make a cut you flip the board over to the opposite end to have opposite angle cuts.
- Joe built a jig to help pre drill (1/8) pilot holes in the wood so the wood wouldn’t split when the two boards were drilled together
- Counter sink all the holes so you can hide the head of the screws
- Use your jig to set and screw three sets of two boards together, make sure your 30 degree angles are flush and even
- Take your three sets of screwed boards and make a hexagon on a level floor or table top
- Joe kneeled on them to set pressure on the boards so they would not move when he pre drilled and screwed all the boards together
- Repeat all steps until you have three hexagons.
- Sand and paint your hexagons
If you try your hand at DIY honeycomb shelves, please let me know, I would love to see pictures!