Create a Simple Floating Shelf
You can pay through the nose to make a floating shelf, or you can get it done yourself with just a few dollars’ worth of materials and a little bit of your time. Whether you choose to use it for decorations, house plants or anything you might care to put on it, you’ll find that it adds a whole new look to a room.
1.) Grab Your Stuff
Buy a round wooden plate from a hardware supply store of the desired size, you’re also going to need some yarn in a color you prefer and a pair of sharp scissors.
Sounds easy enough, right?
Well, it is.
2.) Cut and Knot That Yarn
It might take a little bit, but you need a large amount of yarn in order to make sure that your shelf holds steady. Cut around 48 pieces of yarn at 10 feet each or so. The easiest way to do this is to just measure one, then keep doubling back and snipping the ends.
Tie them all together so that you’ve got a big knot right in the middle of the strands.
Bunch them together in four groups of twelve. Separate six strands from each dozen, and knot them together after you’ve twisted them sufficiently. If you’ve got the patience, you can braid them in groups of three, then intertwine the braids for a more polished final look.
- You should end up with four groups of bundled or braided yarn coming out from a central knot.
3.) Hang Everything Up
Using a ceiling hook or other attachment, loop the central knot over the middle and tie the yarn in pairs of double knots, stopping them about 4” below your anchor.
Then tie it all together at the bottom and slip your wooden disc in. If you tied everything correctly so far, the yarn will readily hold your wooden plate in place and the wood should hold the whole thing fairly ridged as long as you’re not trying to hang it in a hurricane.
And you’ve done it, finish the disc however you’d like and you have a great, aesthetically pleasing shelf that’ll leave your guests in awe.