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Make a Scarf Shelf For Curved Walls

One of the most frustrating things about living in a round house, or as we call it in South Africa a “Rondavel”, is the round walls 😀 It’s almost impossible to find a shelf with curved edges, which means there’s always a gap between the wall and whatever shelf you put up. And the longer the shelf the bigger the gap. So we had to take matters into our own hands and make something that would fit anywhere. Something like a Scelf-i, or scarf shelf 😉 It’s the perfect solution for those curved walls.

How to build a simple boho styled scarf shelf that will fits on straight or curved walls. This easy DIY idea looks great and it’s perfect for storing little decor items in your home. #scarfshelf #scarfupcycle #acraftymix #uniqueshelf #bohoshelf #roundwalls #DIYShelf

Don’t you love it!!!! And it’s so easy to make too. It’s got that free-spirit boho vibe that I love, so it fits right in with our wacky decor style. And depending on the type of scarf you use, it’s strong enough to hold a few books or other small decor bits.

How to build a simple scarf shelf that will fits on straight or curved walls. This easy DIY idea looks great and it’s perfect for storing little decor items in your home. #scarfshelf #scarfupcycle #acraftymix #uniqueshelf #bohoshelf #roundwalls #DIYShelf

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What you need

For this easy shelf that fits on any shaped wall, you’ll need:

  • Gum pole or dowel sticks that are between 3 and 6 cm in diameter
  • A long scarf or shawl that matches your decor style

What you need to make a scarf shelf. Perfect boho decor #scarfshelf #scarfupcycle #acraftymix #uniqueshelf #bohoshelf #roundwalls #DIYShelf

I have a HUGE collection of scarves, so I was a little spoilt for choice 😉 The length of the scarf will determine how long your shelf can be. And since the scarf will also be carrying most of the weight of whatever you’ll be putting on the shelves, something with a thicker weave is ideal.

You’ll also need some thick card stock, paint or stain, anchors nails, a hacksaw, a drill, and Gorilla Glue.

How to make a scarf shelf

Decide on how wide you want your shelf to be and then cut the gum pole or thick dowels into 5 pieces depending on the width. We cut ours into 5 x 20 cm pieces.

Measure your scarf and determine the width of the shelf #scarfshelf #scarfupcycle #acraftymix #uniqueshelf #bohoshelf #roundwalls #DIYShelf

Stain or paint the cut poles to match your decor. We used our Rusty Nail Muti to give the poles that aged and weathered look.

While you wait for the stain or paint to dry use a hack saw to cut the heads off of five long 8 mm nail in anchor nails.  If you’re going to be putting your scarf shelf on a drywall, you need to use 60mm Drywall Screws.

Cut the heads off the screws with a hacksaw #scarfshelf #scarfupcycle #acraftymix #uniqueshelf #bohoshelf #roundwalls #DIYShelf

Drill an 8 mm hole in the center of each gum pole.

Drill a hole on the one end of the pole #scarfshelf #scarfupcycle #acraftymix #uniqueshelf #bohoshelf #roundwalls #DIYShelf

Put a dab of gorilla glue in the hole for luck and insert the nails.

Insert the screws. #scarfshelf #scarfupcycle #acraftymix #uniqueshelf #bohoshelf #roundwalls #DIYSh

Hanging the scarf shelf

Here’s the fun bit. To hang the scarf shelf, just play around with where you want it to go on the wall and then drill the holes, insert the plug (that grey anchor thingy that comes with the screws) and screw the gum poles in.

Hanging the scarf shelf #scarfshelf #scarfupcycle #acraftymix #uniqueshelf #bohoshelf #roundwalls #DIYShelf

Drape and wind the scarf between the gum poles until you’re happy with the look and then insert some thumbtacks to keep the scarf in place.

How to build a simple boho styled scarf shelf that will fits on straight or curved walls. This easy DIY idea looks great and it’s perfect for storing little decor items in your home. #scarfshelf #scarfupcycle #acraftymix #uniqueshelf #bohoshelf #roundwalls #DIYShelf

And that’s it. It’s seriously that easy. To reinforce the shelves you can insert a piece of card stock or cardboard between the layers of the scarf.

How to build a simple boho styled scarf shelf that will fits on straight or curved walls. This easy DIY idea looks great and it’s perfect for storing little decor items in your home. #scarfshelf #scarfupcycle #acraftymix #uniqueshelf #bohoshelf #roundwalls #DIYShelf

If you like the idea of making a scarf shelf for your home, don’t forget to pin it for later.

How to build a simple boho styled scarf shelf that will fits on straight or curved walls. This easy DIY idea looks great and it’s perfect for storing little decor items in your home. #scarfshelf #scarfupcycle #acraftymix #uniqueshelf #bohoshelf #roundwalls #DIYShelf

The best thing about the scarf shelf is how easy it is to customize. You get to chose the scarf, the size, the shape and it doesn’t even take an hour to make.

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And as always, wishing you a wonderful, crafty week filled with lots of love. Thank you for popping in for a visit.

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  • Posted: October 7, 2016 06:21


    Really creative! I'm looking forward to other DIYs like this!
    • Posted: October 7, 2016 08:11


      Thank you so much Jennifer
  • Posted: September 30, 2016 15:50


    I love it and learning about your home!!!
    • Posted: October 1, 2016 06:22


      Thank you so much Deborah
  • Posted: September 29, 2016 09:55

    Mary-the boondocks blog

    Michelle, I had no idea that you lived in a round house. How cool is that? Of course I can understand where it would also be a problem. We also have some walls that are less than perfect. Your solution is brilliant. And more important it looks great! But how do you get the scarf to stay in place? Do you nail it onto the wood?
    • Posted: September 29, 2016 12:31


      Hey Mary :D those round walls drive me insane sometimes. Before buying our little holiday home, I never imagined how hard it would be to fit square furniture into a round space, everything just looks odd. Glad you like the Scelf-i. The wood we used has these long cracks down the side, so we just stuck pins into the cracks to keep the scarf where it should be. That way I can change the scarf when I want to redecorate too. Nails will also work or even velcro.
  • Posted: September 29, 2016 07:20

    Linda at Mixed Kreations

    Wow how creative, and very clever!
    • Posted: September 29, 2016 12:31


      Thank you so much Linda ;-)
  • Posted: September 28, 2016 22:06

    Sarah - Craft Invaders

    This is genius - love it!
    • Posted: September 29, 2016 06:45


      Thank you Sarah ;-)
  • Posted: September 28, 2016 19:44


    Michelle, this is fantastic!! You're so very clever!! I love that you can change it out with different scarves whenever you wish.
    • Posted: September 29, 2016 06:50


      Thank you Keri. I was worried initially that the shelf wouldn't be able to handle a lot of weight, but it worked out really well. I wouldn't put an antique, glass vase on the shelf though. That might be asking for trouble ;-)
  • Posted: September 28, 2016 17:57


    You are such a clever DIYer, this is amazing Michelle! I can't imagine living in a round house, it must be so cool but yes, I can see that the shelving would be a problem. So good for you that you solved it!!
    • Posted: September 29, 2016 06:44


      *Insert Blush emoticon here* Thank you Katrin. Round houses are very common in South Africa but they pose some unique decorating challenges. I'd love for you to come help us decorate ours, your style is so classic and you'd do an amazing job. So come visit us......
  • Posted: September 28, 2016 17:32

    Sarah Jean

    What an awesome house! (and idea!)
    • Posted: September 29, 2016 06:21


      Thank you Sarah. Rondavels are quite common in South Africa, but you do need to rethink almost everything you know about design
  • Posted: September 28, 2016 02:38

    Angie @ ambient wares

    This is such a clever idea! Looks so awesome :)
    • Posted: September 28, 2016 06:40


      Thank you so much Angie. I'm really glad how it turned out. I'm putting Scelf-i's up everywhere
  • Posted: September 27, 2016 17:26


    It looks beautiful
    • Posted: September 28, 2016 06:41


      Awwwww thank you Calin <3
  • Posted: September 27, 2016 17:21

    Collin Clarkson

    Absolutely Amazing!!! <3
    • Posted: September 28, 2016 06:42


      Thank you so much Collin

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