You got it. I took something that has been around the block a few times but made it WAY better. Want to know why? Because I made DIY hexagon shelves that can actually hold objects… Like objects bigger than 4″ round pots. Notice all those visually beautiful honeycomb shelves you see on Pinterest? Lust after them? Ya, me too. Except when I read the dimensions… I guess I could put a twig on them. So what did I do? Designed some beautiful BUT practical hexagon shelves that can hold all your amazing things.
These simple shelves have the same appealing visual of some of the traditional honeycomb, hexagon shaped shelves but with the added bonus that they don’t just LOOK good – they serve a function too. I took my shelves to the next level by painting them coal black with the ever versatile Fusion Mineral Paint. So simple. Two coats. Done.
These shelves look great but don’t require you to have a degree in woodworking (I made that up). We wanted to keep things simple and easy for you. The best part about these shelves? They cost under $5 a piece to make! You heard me… Hexagon shelves for $5 a shelf! Boom! So for a set of 3 like mine, $14 Canadian so like $1 USD. I kid. But really, that’s just over $10 USD for a set of 3 hexagon shelves.
Materials for DIY Hexagon Shelves:
- 12″ x 96″ whitewood shelf wood (cheaper than pine!) *1 piece makes 4 shelves
- 1-1/4″ nails
- Sanding block to clean up edges
- Wood filler for holes if they bug ya
- Paint or stain – I used Fusion Mineral Paint in Coal Black
- Table saw
- Miter saw
- Digital angle finder
- Vice grip
- Router (if you want to router the base but I did not)
- Paint brush
Instructions for Hexagon Shelves:
Using the table saw cut your plank of whitewood into four equal pieces lengthwise (for a 12″ by 96″ piece, you will have four pieces that are 12″ by 24″). Next, take one 12″ x 24″ piece and cut into six 5-1/2″ x 7″ smaller pieces which will make the six sides of each hexagon shelf. Once you add the backing for the shelves you have a depth of 4-3/4″.
Using the miter saw, cut each of the six pieces at a 30 degree angle (you can set your saw to this angle) on two opposing 5-1/2″ sides – each cut will make the shorter side “point” toward the centre of the shelf (or angled inwards, see image below). This is where the digital angle finder is super helpful. A router saw may be used on the wall-facing 7″ side to allow the backing to slide into the hexagon frame nicely later on (I didn’t do this). If you want detailed instructions for how to router the backing, check out this post on Remodelaholic by Amy Baesler. She includes excellent renderings. Amy also included how to make other awesome shapes like a house!
Once your six sides are ready you can assemble the outside frame for the hexagon. Using 1-1/4″ nails, we put in two nails per side and used a vice to hold it in place while we added each side to the frame. Use a sanding block to smooth out the edges once your frame is constructed. Turn and repeat this step, building up your hexagon shape.
Now you are ready to add your backing or base to the hexagon frame. To make our lives easy, we traced the frame against the backing which was a 13″ piece of wood. Using a pencil, lightly mark one side so you can know which side you traced from (for fit). We placed a nail in each side (six) to hold the base in place on the back of the hexagon shape. Once the hexagon shelf was complete, we used wood filler to fill in the external holes the nail created (putting the back in place).
Repeat this 2 more times to create 3 finished boxes… Or you can do less… Or more. Whatever floats your boat. Our shop dog approved of the boxes. And the treats I was holding to get her up there.
Once my boxes where done, I gave them two coats of coal black Fusion Mineral Paint.
These hexagon shelves are a welcome addition to our living room – complementing the existing palette of mostly white with punches of black.
Even Nan loves them.
You will have a blast making these. They are perfect for painting and fitting into your existing decor. They would be adorable in a nursery, great in a mudroom or beautiful for showing off collectibles. I (of course) have plants on mine!
A special thanks to my dad for helping me make all my woodworking dreams come true! To James for spending a day in my dad’s woodshop to get these babies done…. Nan for watching our every move… And Fusion Mineral Paints for sending me paint to have fun!
The happiest little pup there ever was.
Enjoy and have fun making your own hexagon shelves DIY-ers!