Get your vanity organized with this DIY 3 tier shelf display using items from Dollar Tree and Michael’s. It free’s up so much space for my drawers and I love getting to display my perfumes, lotions, makeup, and nail polishes! It can be totally customized for your style with so many options of decorative paper and ribbons from the craft store. It is one of my favorite creations yet, so let’s dive into this DIY!
1 Foam board
Clear protective pads (optional)
School glue or craft glue
Clear glass gems (optional)
2 1/2″ wooden dowels (36″ long)
1 roll of ribbon (can also get this from Dollar Tree)
Glue gun and glue sticks
Thin knife, blade, or Exacto knife
Pen or pencil
Using the tape measure, mark the wooden dowels in the middle at 18 inches.
Use the hacksaw to cut both dowels in half on the marks you made. Toss the extra dowel as you will only need three.
It is not necessary but I cut holes in some cardboard I had laying around and stuck the dowels in. This way they will stand straight up while I spray paint them.
Spray paint your dowels. They should be completely dry before assembling the shelf.
Next, trace a rounded triangle shape onto a piece of cardboard, and cut it out.
Then use the shape to trace it onto all three of the decorative paper, and cut them out.
To get the most out of the foam board, place all three shapes in the same pattern as the photo below and trace them. Flip them over to the other side, and trace all three again.
Cut all six out. A thin knife, blade, or exacto knife works best when cutting foam board.
Stack all 6 pieces and use a skewer, stick or anything thin you can find to push a hole all the way through about 1/2 inch in from the edges. I used my meat thermometer : ) Do this to all 3 corners. This will give you a marker for the wooden rods to go.
Take 2 pieces of the foam board and glue them together. Glue the next 2 pieces together, and then the last 2. You should end up with 3 doubled pieces after that. Place something heavy on each one and leave to dry for 20 min.
When they are finished drying, glue on the decorative paper to the foam boards. Stack them all together, and place 3 heavy items on each corner. Allow them to dry for another 20 min.
With a small dab of hot glue, glue one medium size clear protective pad to the bottom of each dowel.
Starting with one shelf, find the hole you made earlier and push it through the decorative paper. Take one of the dowels and press it firmly over the hole making sure to keep the dowel at least a 1/2 inch from the edge. There should be an indentation from the dowel like shown below.
Cut out the circle and be sure not to cut it too big. You want the dowel to fit very snug, and there’s no going back if you cut it too big!
Starting on the back corner, hot glue the ribbon around the perimeter of the shelf. You only need glue on the top edge. The bottom of the ribbon should hang.
Next, push the dowels through each hole of one shelf making sure that it is level. Leave about an inch of the dowels below the shelf. Put a generous amount of hot glue around the dowels, let dry completely.
Slide on the next shelf on and be sure that it is in the middle. Hot glue around all three dowels on the underside of the shelf just like before.
Repeat the same steps for the top shelf leaving about an inch or less of the dowels at the top. I decided to hot glue some clear glass gems to the top of each dowel.
Allow it to dry for at least an hour before placing anything heavy on it.
Here is a second shelf I made with some very sparkly paper and different ribbon from Michael’s. I also decided to spray paint the dowels black.
I really enjoyed making this tutorial and I hope you give this DIY a try!
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DIY 3 tier shelf display