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One of the most frustrating things about living in a round house, or as we call it in South Africa a Rondavel, is well 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 what ever shelf you put up. And the wider the shelf the bigger the gap. So we had to take matters into our own hands and make something that would fit anywhere. Drum roll please……………….. Introducing the Scelf-i™.
Don’t you love it!!!! And it’s so easy to make. All you need is a gum pole with a diameter of about 6 cm and a long scarf or shawl. The length of the scarf will determine how long the Scelf-i is.
Decide on how wide you want your shelf to be and the cut the gum pole into 5 pieces depending on the width. We cut ours into 5 x 20 cm pieces.
Stain or paint the gum poles to match your decor. We chose this lovely grey stain from GripSeal called Glowing Coal.
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 shelf on a drywall, you need to use 60mm Drywall Screws.
Drill a 8 mm hole in the center of each gum pole, put a dab of gorilla glue in the hole for luck and insert the nails.
And that’s it. Seriously so easy. Here’s the fun bit. To hang the Scelf-i™, just play around with where you want it to go on the wall and then drill the holes, insert the plug (that grey thingy that comes with the nails) and screw the gum poles in. Drape and wind the scarf between the gum poles until you’re happy with the look and then insert some pins to keep the scarf in place.
The best thing about the Scelf-i™ 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. I’d really love to know what you think. Leave me comment or click on one of those emoticons at the bottom if your one of the quiet types 8)