Easy Shelf

Build this easy shelf to hold canning jars for your craft supplies. It is a simple craft organization idea that will get your supplies up and out of the way but have them still visible.

Age: Adult

Difficulty: Easy

Time scale: 3 out of 5



  • 8 ft. 1 x 4 pine board
  • 4  2 inch robertson screws
  • 3  2.5 inch robertson screws
  • 1/8th inch drill bit
  • drill with robertson head attachment or
    electric screw driver
  • saw
  • gorilla wood glue
  • rag
  • medium grit sandpaper
  • fine grit sandpaper
  • Off white paint
  • burnt umber paint
  • medium paint brush
  • Paper towel
  • old glass canning Jars

How to Build an Easy Shelf

Cut an 8 foot 1x 4 pine board in half. Sand the edges and the top of the boards with medium grit sandpaper. Smooth out any scratch marks using fine grit sandpaper.

Set the bottom edge of one board so it is even with the side edge of the other board. (in an "L" shape.) You will need to prop up the other side, clamp it or have someone hold it for you. Predrill holes, starting in 1 inch from the edge of the board and every 11.5 inches.

Remove the board and apply a line of gorilla wood glue to the edge. Realign the board exactly where it was. Add two inch screws to the predrilled holes.

I get worried about things falling down on my head so I cut an extra piece of wood and attached it to the center of the underside of my shelf. For just a 4 foot section it probably isn't really necessary. It's a bit of a pain too because then you need a square and a brad nailer. Too much trouble, this is suppose to be simple!!

Use a damp rag to wipe away any glue that runs.

After the glue has dried, apply two coats of off white latex or craft paint. Let this dry and then dry brush burnt umber craft paint lightly over top. If the paint seems too heavy, wipe it off with a damp rag and try again.
After dipping the brush in paint, wipe it off on a paper towel first.

Attach this easy shelf to the wall (the L shape upside down), with 2.5 inch screws.  Drill holes through the bottom 1 x 4, every 16 inches in line with the wall studs. This is important to make sure it is attached securely.

The screws can then hidden by hot gluing buttons, beads or some other crafty odds and ends over top. If you would like to remove the shelf, you can heat up the decoration you placed over top of the screw, using a hair dryer or heat gun. The decoration can then be pulled off and the screws can still be removed.

Fill glass mason jars with craft supplies and line them up on this easy shelf. This one has been put above a doorway where it doesn't use up other valuable wall space. I can use a small foldable step stool to easily reach the jar I need. 

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