Happy July everyone! Today’s tutorial is a product of a failed coaster tutorial (because I don’t have enough coasters yet apparently….) The branch I cut these rounds from was a little too small and it would have been
slightly very dangerous to balance scolding hot drinks on them just inches from my lap! (Anyone else ever spilt hot tea on themselves and lives on in terror ever since? Just me?)
So, I re-thought and came up with something I like even better – how to make floating plant shelves from a birch wood round. Don’t you just love it when a failed attempt actually turns into something positive.
This idea actually came to me whilst I was holding one of the wooden rounds in my hands. Physically moving it around my desk and trying to see it in different situations. Sometimes these simple experiments have a way of refreshing our ideas.
That’s why it’s important to sometimes go ahead and start a project without knowing exactly where it’s going. Or even better, just taking some time to play with materials with absolutely no plan at all! This encourages creative thinking and gives your brain the opportunity to work through new problems and dream up new ideas. You then start enjoying the process rather than forcing it out when you’re feeling uninspired.
So next time you have creative brain freeze, or a project goes terribly wrong just try holding the materials in your hands and let your mind run wild!
Read on for the tutorial!
Materials Wooden Rounds | Small Metal Brackets | Screws | Screw Driver
To make life easier later on we’re going to screw the bracket into place temporarily. Decide which side of the outer ring you want to see at the front of the shelf and secure the bracket onto the back. Make sure the right angle of the bracket drops down over the edge of the round.
Now unscrew it!
Attach the bracket into the wall at the spot you want to shelf to sit. Line up the hole in your wood slice with the hole on the horizontal side of the bracket and use another screw to secure in place. Now you get step one right?!
Make sure the screws are secure and then your floating shelves are ready for you plant babies!
Marwa | Enthralling Gumption says
Yes, when that failed idea turns into something even better, it really makes your day. When I purchased a bunch of raffia from the craft store, I had placemats in my mind. But the amount of time that I took to create just one looked only good enough to be a teapot holder instead and that made me mad. But then I ended up with a gorgoeus set of raffia coasters ( the failed placemat as you would have guessed, served the hot teapot well )
You have given these birch wood a new dimension by using them as floating shelves. They look absolutely beautiful and I am always up for anything mini and cute things like these shelves:)
Thank you Marwa! I loved those coasters. Definitely a great ‘failed’ DIY ;) I think it’s also nice to know that even as DIY bloggers we don’t get everything right all the time!
I’m loving these! They go great with your decor.
Thank you so much Leslie. I love the birch look. I actually dragged this huge branch back from a local park because I think the white bark is so pretty. I didn’t even have a plan for it! haha!
Eden Passante says
What a great DIY! So cool and easy to do!
Thank you so much Eden. I love it when I find something so quick and easy :D
These turned out so well – I definitely prefer them as shelves!
isoscella | http://isoscella.blogspot.co.uk
Thank you! me too :D
That’s what I like to call a DIY light bulb moment! When you plan one thing only for a better idea to come along and you wonder, why didn’t I think of that before!! Love these!!
This is so true! I love that term ‘DIY light bulb moment’ :D Thanks Keenie :D
You totally nailed it !
Sometimes when things go wrong, we get frustrated. But you made something else happen ! Great.
That’s so true Lorena! It can be hard to see past the ‘failure’ BUT we’d be missing a great opportunity to learn from it! x
Ana Sullivan says
This is so cute and simple. It would be great for anything that is light for a tiny shelf. I have saved this to my DIY Crafts Pinterest Board: https://www.pinterest.com/thelostapron/diy-crafts/
Thanks Ana! Yeah, I can see it as a little ring holder or for a special ornament. :D
Awesome idea also for areas where you’d like a shelf, but it isn’t really large enough for a traditional one. Thanks for sharing it…I can see this happening in my motor home very soon! Blessings!
Thanks Christie! It’s definitely not bit (or strong enough) to hold anything heavy but perhaps you could make a bigger one with a bracket? Good luck with the DIY :D
Thanks so much for this idea! I have a little corner across from a window and I’ve been wanting to put my plants by it but its an awkward spot and can’t fit regular floating shelf sizes. Can’t wait to try this!
I love this!!!!
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