Suited for Souvenirs
Get Off the Street and onto the Walls
Breathe new life into a worn-down skateboard by converting it into a shelf. Anchor the deck to the wall, with or without wheels, using L-brackets, as Rebecca at The Crafted Sparrow did. And remember that if you don't have a skateboard hanging around in your garage or basement, you can always buy one at the local big-box retailer. If the cheapest model sports a design you don't like, simply give it a coat of new paint.
Say Goodbye to Your Junk Drawer
When life gives you more drawers than you need—perhaps you found a dresser on the curb?—turn the spares into a curio wall shelf like this one, spotted on The Perfect Shade of Grey. Line the drawer bottoms with leftover wallpaper for added personality, then get hanging.
From Shoes to Shelf
Need another reason to buy shoes? Those boxes come in handy for . To turn them into shelves like Creme de la Craft did, choose boxes in good condition (no bent corners or flimsy cardboard), and decorate them with paint or scrapbook paper. Finish by nailing the boxes to the wall. Voila! An inexpensive way to showcase your tchotchkes.
Related: 5 Things to Do with... Shoeboxes
Reach a High Note
This formerly beat-up guitar's second life is music to our eyes. After cutting an opening in its front and sanding off the finish—step-by-step instructions for this available from DIY Budget Girl—an old guitar becomes a ready shell for shelves. Hang the instrument from a hook on the wall to store a CD collection or non-music-related memorabilia.
DIY This Crafty Supply
If you're a weekend DIY veteran, chances are you have more than a few paint buckets lying around the garage from past projects. Dress them up with a coat of plastic-friendly paint, as seen on Ohoh Blog, then put them to work as cubby shelves in a playroom, nursery, or office.
Related: 9 Creative Uses for Old Paint Cans
Bring the Outdoors Inside
Hang Up Heavy-Duty Storage
Fans of the addictive video game will enjoy this new way to one-up themselves: a set of Tetris-inspired shelves for the home. Kat and Cam of Our Nerd Home simplified the instructions on these units so you can build them from plywood in no time.
Related: 12 Amazing Things Made with Plywood
All Tied Up
Put your Boy Scout skills to the test with a set of shelves supported and secured by nothing more sophisticated than rope knots. From Web designer and creative consultant Lindsay Humes, we love this scheme because it leaves room for so many options, including variations of knots and all different types of rope.
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