Make your own Fixer Upper style photo ledge in less than 15 minutes and for just a few dollars with this simple to follow tutorial. 

I made this ledge shelf 4 years ago when I first noticed them all over the place and then, just the other day, I saw that the Magnolia Market blog had a DIY for one and since I did mine first ūüėČ I thought I would share it with you again.

How to make an easy and beautiful ledge shelf for displaying photos, treasures, and more in just 15 minutes - complete tutorial.

They’re so versatile and look great with photos, printables, and small paraphernalia¬†on them. ¬†Plus, they are so easy to make and you can even put one together with scrap wood making the cost minimal!

How to make an easy and beautiful ledge shelf for displaying photos, treasures, and more in just 15 minutes - complete tutorial.I made mine in less than 15 minutes.  I made this for my husband to hold his shaving gear {he collects vintage razors}.  You can make these as long or as short as you would like and you can whip up a bunch of these to give as gifts.  Include some frames with pictures of the kids and you can cross Grandma off your list.

What you need:

How to make an easy and beautiful ledge shelf for displaying photos, treasures, and more in just 15 minutes - complete tutorial.

Wood ~ I bought some hobby cut wood at Home Depot {2 pieces} ~ .5 x 3.5 x 24 Poplar wood

and {1} 1x2x8 piece of wood {this is enough for 4 shelves and is the little piece at the front edge}

Kreg Jig

How to make an easy and beautiful ledge shelf for displaying photos, treasures, and more in just 15 minutes - complete tutorial.

Self-Tapping Screws {Kreg}

How to make an easy and beautiful ledge shelf for displaying photos, treasures, and more in just 15 minutes - complete tutorial.

Saw {I used an Olson Coping Saw}

Wood Stain {Minwax Cherry}

Paintbrush to apply stain

Wax

How to:

The hobby cut wood was already the size I needed so no sawing necessary for these pieces.

But you will need to cut the 1x2x8 to a length of 24 inches using the saw.

How to make an easy and beautiful ledge shelf for displaying photos, treasures, and more in just 15 minutes - complete tutorial.

Use the Kreg  Jig to place 6 pocket holes on the bottom center piece of your wood ~ 3 on each side slightly staggered.

How to make an easy and beautiful ledge shelf for displaying photos, treasures, and more in just 15 minutes - complete tutorial.

Attach side pieces to your bottom pieces using the self-tapping screws.  Use wood glue to add extra stability though that step is not necessary.

How to make an easy and beautiful ledge shelf for displaying photos, treasures, and more in just 15 minutes - complete tutorial.

How to make an easy and beautiful ledge shelf for displaying photos, treasures, and more in just 15 minutes - complete tutorial.

Sand edges of cut wood piece on each side for smoothness.

Stain ~ allow to dry.

Wax and buff.

How to make an easy and beautiful ledge shelf for displaying photos, treasures, and more in just 15 minutes - complete tutorial.

Voila! ¬†That’s it. ¬†Now wasn’t that easy. ¬†I am a total novice and this DIY Ledge Shelf took only 15 minutes of actual hands-on time {the stain drying wasn’t added in}.

How to make an easy and beautiful ledge shelf for displaying photos, treasures, and more in just 15 minutes - complete tutorial.

Is your mind working now about where you can put these? ¬†Mine is ~ I’ll keep you updated with my new shelves as I make and hang them.