DIY Floating Wood Photo Ledge | Step by Step Instructions to Make them Yourself

Well we finally did it! We are telling you how we make our super popular Photo Ledge Shelves! It’s easier than you’d think and completely customizable I love how they look rustic too!

These directions are making 4 – 36 inch Shelves. You can customize to the exact size you need! Just cut the pieces to scale for you!

DIY Wood Photo Ledge –

What You Need:

  • 4 Pieces of Pine (1 in x 3 1/2 in x 6 ft)
  • 2 Pieces of Pine (1 in x 1 1/2 in x 6 ft)
  • Nail Gun or Hammer and Nails
  • Saw or circular saw
  • Wood Putty
  • stain or paint
  • Wood Glue

Step by Step Instructions

1. Cut the Wood

Start by cutting the 4 Pieces of Pine (1 in x 3 1/2 in x 6 ft) in half to make 8 Pieces of Pine that are 1 in x 3 1/2 in x 3 ft (36 inches). Note: This is where you’d change the width of your shelves if you wanted them smaller or larger! Measure based on how big you want your shelves to be.

  • This makes the bottom and back of the shelf

Then saw the 2 pieces of Pine (1 in x 1 1/2 in x 6 ft) in half to make 4 pieces that are 1 in x 1 1/2 in x 3 ft (36 inches)

  • this makes the smaller front part of the shelf

Sand any rough edges!

2. Attach the Bottom and Back of the Shelf

Lay the back (1 of the 1 in x 3 1/2 in x 3 ft pieces) of the shelf facing up like shown in the photo above and put wood glue on it. Then attach the bottom of the shelf (1 of the 1 in x 3 1/2 in x 3 ft pieces) as shown. you’ll want to nail it with a nail gun or hammer and nail!

Note: be sure to wipe any excess glue before it dries!

3. Attach the Front of the Shelf

Flip the shelf so the front of the shelf is facing you and put the front piece (1 of the (1 in x 1 1/2 in x 3 ft)) on the front and nail it in just like you did the other 2 pieces.

You’ll want to putty the nail holes.

This is what it should look like:

4. Sand

Sand the  wood putty and any other part of the shelf so it will hold stain or paint

5. Stain topper/Paint

Lastly, I stained the table using Varathoane stain in color Dark Walnut for this shelf! You can paint it or spray paint it too!


  • We attached these to the wall by finding the studs and drilling a hole right through them because you won’t see the nail with the frames there!
  • I got most of my frames from Hobby Lobby!

We have a whole highlight on our Instagram LivingRichwithCoupons showing you exactly how to do this in video form! Go check it out!

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