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DIY Decorative Swing Shelf

A few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to see this post from Michelle over at A Crafty Mix. We were in the middle of getting ready to move my daughter into a new bedroom, and I thought this would be an adorable addition to her decor.  So, I’ve put together my own swing shelf!  

This DIY swing shelf is so easy to make! It would be great in any room of the house, including a nursery or kids room. Use it for stuffed animals, flowers, trinkets, etc.

 

I’ll show you how I put mine together, but be sure to head over to Michelle’s blog as well, as she did things just a bit different than I did.  Either way you do it, this is a super easy DIY project that goes together quickly and really adds something a little different to your room.

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Supplies used:

  1. 1 x 4 poplar board (2 ft. long)
  2. Minwax wood stain (and old rag)
  3. Sisal rope and twine
  4. Cup hooks and drywall anchors

First, you’ll need to decide how wide you want your shelf to be.  I knew that this was going to go above my daughter’s chest of drawers.  So, I held it up approximately where I planned on putting it, in order to determine how wide it needed to be. 

Then, my husband drilled a hole into each corner of the board about 3/4″ from the edge. We had purchased 1/4″ rope, so he drilled 1/4″ holes.

This DIY swing shelf is so easy to make! It would be great in any room of the house, including a nursery or kids room. Use it for stuffed animals, flowers, trinkets, etc.

Once the drilling was done, we sanded the board down very lightly.  After wiping it clean, I put one coat of stain on the board in order to achieve the color I was after.  I used Minwax 70002444 Wood Finish Penetrating Stain, quart, Provincial.

This DIY swing shelf is so easy to make! It would be great in any room of the house, including a nursery or kids room. Use it for stuffed animals, flowers, trinkets, etc.

This DIY swing shelf is so easy to make! It would be great in any room of the house, including a nursery or kids room. Use it for stuffed animals, flowers, trinkets, etc.

Next, I cut two pieces of rope.  (T.W . Evans Cordage 23-210 1/4-Inch by 100-Feet Twisted Sisal Rope is very similar to what I used.)  You will need to decide how long you want the rope to be from board to hook.  Then, double that measurement PLUS add quite a few inches to it for the knots underneath.  

This DIY swing shelf is so easy to make! It would be great in any room of the house, including a nursery or kids room. Use it for stuffed animals, flowers, trinkets, etc.

Thread each end of the rope through a hole, and tie it off underneath.

This DIY swing shelf is so easy to make! It would be great in any room of the house, including a nursery or kids room. Use it for stuffed animals, flowers, trinkets, etc.

Be sure to measure on the wall where you want your hooks to go so they are level with each other.  Insert the drywall anchors first, then screw in your cup hooks.  (We just happened to have blue drywall anchors on hand, which I wasn’t thrilled with.  You really can’t see any blue from out in the room though.  Phew!)  Hang your swing up to see if the board is level.  If the board is not hanging straight simply adjust the knots underneath accordingly.

Finally, I tied a smaller piece of twine around each rope near the hook to give it a more finished, secured look.

This DIY swing shelf is so easy to make! It would be great in any room of the house, including a nursery or kids room. Use it for stuffed animals, flowers, trinkets, etc.

Voila!  You’re done.

This DIY swing shelf is so easy to make! It would be great in any room of the house, including a nursery or kids room. Use it for stuffed animals, flowers, trinkets, etc.

I really love the way this turned out, and it looks perfect in her new room.  (Click here to see the full room reveal.)

This DIY swing shelf is so easy to make! It would be great in any room of the house, including a nursery or kids room. Use it for stuffed animals, flowers, trinkets, etc.

The bunny in the picture is her beloved Bunny Foo-Foo.  I am going to have to find another stuffed animal to go on the shelf though, as she has already demanded that bunny Foo-Foo stay in bed with her.  Ha!  The bunny was a gift from her Aunt and Uncle.  

This DIY swing shelf is so easy to make! It would be great in any room of the house, including a nursery or kids room. Use it for stuffed animals, flowers, trinkets, etc.

 

The shoes were mine as an infant.  And the bracelet was a gift from another Aunt and Uncle.

This DIY swing shelf is so easy to make! It would be great in any room of the house, including a nursery or kids room. Use it for stuffed animals, flowers, trinkets, etc.

I just love it!  What do you think?

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23 Comments

  1. Your swing looks so lovely Amy, it fits perfectly with the gorgeous ribbon mobile you made earlier. I’m so glad our teddy bear swing inspired you to make one for your little one. I love the fact that you’ve made your’s wider, to fit all those beautiful keepsakes and Bunny Foo-Foo if she’s allowed to sit there for a bit 😉

    1. Thank you! And thanks for the idea! It just looks perfect in her room. Unfortunately, bunny Foo-Foo did not last long. She demanded that he be returned to bed with her. Ha! So, I need to find a replacement for the shelf. 🙂

  2. The swing shelf is adorable! I love the way you’ve styled it. I know you can change it up as time goes by, and the little shelf will always be a wonderful place to display small treasures.

    1. Thank you! I love that it’s something a little bit different, and you’re right, it will be fun to restyle as she gets older. 🙂 Thanks for taking a look!

    1. Thank you! And I agree, the shoes are perfect for the shelf. 🙂 I’m lucky that my mom saved some of that stuff!

  3. What a sweet addition to your daughter’s room! And you accessorized it beautifully as well. Thanks so much for sharing at the #happynowlinkup!

  4. I loved Michelle’s swing and now I’m loving yours too Amy. It looks like the perfect addition to the girls room. In fact you make me wish I still had some stuffed animals to build one for. I think they must be hiding somewhere.

    1. Thanks, Mary! I love it, also! And everybody’s got stuffed animals laying around, right? You could put whatever you wanted on the shelf, though. It would be fun to hang one in another room for a totally different feel. Thanks again!

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