I love the HOME shelf we made from pallets, and it all started with the question. What does it really mean when they say home is where the heart is? I don’t know about you, but for me, it’s all about the little things; a rose my daughter picked for me in the garden, my son’s cheeky smile, a candlelight dinner under the stars, our fur babies, a good book, and laughter. Without the little things, a house can never be a home.

Make your own "Home" shelf. Full tutorial on the blog with detailed instructions

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And our pallet HOME shelf we made last weekend is the perfect place to display some of those special things.

Make your own "Home" shelf. Full tutorial on the blog with detailed instructions

Isn’t she something totally different?

The original HOME Shelf for all those special keepsakes. Full plans and step by step instructions #DIyHomedecor

The shelf was inspired by the beautiful LOVE shelf that’s all over Pinterest. Have you seen it?  We drew up the plans and started cutting up some pallets.

What you need to make the HOME shelf

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How to Make a HOME Shelf From Pallets

You’ll need pallet pieces that are at least 13 cm wide to fit all those little mementos.  Cut one long 80 cm (31 1/2 inches) piece to form the backbone of the shelf and then cut and sand:

For the H

  • 1 x 20 cm (8 inches)
  • 1 x 15 cm (5 7/8 inches)

For the O

  • 2 x 17 cm (6 3/4 inches)
  • 1 x 16 cm (6 1/4 inches)

For the M

  • 1 x 20 cm (8 inches)
  • 2 x 11 cm cut at 45 degrees (4 3/8 inches)

For the E

  • 2 x 17 cm (6 3/4 inches)
  • 1 x 10 cm (3 7/8 inches)

All the bits have been cut to make the HOME shelf

To put the shelf together, start at the bottom with the E. Use a pneumatic staple gun and wood glue to attach one of the 17 cm pieces at 90 degrees to the bottom of the 80 cm piece, then measure up 9.5 cm and attach the 10 cm piece. Make a mark 20 cm from the bottom and staple the last 17 cm in place.

Start with the easy letters the E and the O

For the O, create a U shape using the two 17 cm pieces as the sides and the 16 cm piece as the bottom.

The O starts off as a U

Measure 20 cm from the top of the 80 cm backbone, dab some wood glue on the ends, and use the staple gun to attach the O to the backbone.

After adding the O and E

Now the H and the M. The M scared us a little. I think it’s those 45-degree angles, so we left it for last. The H was pretty straightforward. Attach the 15 cm piece to the middle of the 20 cm piece to form a top-heavy T shape.

The H is basically a T shape

Attach the H to the backbone so that the top of the “H” is flush with the top of the backbone.

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Glue and staple the two 11 cm pieces together to form a V shape.

Put the v shape in a vice and use a nail gun to join the pieces

Attach the V shape to the backbone where the bottom of the O joins the backbone. Sit back and smile because that wasn’t as bad as we thought. In all honesty, that was pretty darn easy 😀 Do a victory dance around the garden, and consider having a beer to celebrate.

After adding all the letters to the shelf backbone

Come back down to earth and attach the last 20 cm piece. Go get a beer and grab the fur babies so they can see how we conquered angles.

Time to Make The HOME Shelf Pretty

We used a dark wood stain and then painted over the whole shelf with Annie Sloan Old White. We had some leftovers from making this cute little side table and this COOK shelf.

Stain the HOME shelf with a water based stain and then paint on a layer of chalk paint

Finally, we used 100-grit sandpaper to lightly distress the shelf before sealing it with clear wax.

Distressing the letters after painting

I’m really happy with how it turned out. What do you think?

The original HOME Shelf for all those special keepsakes. Full plans and step by step instructions #DIyHomedecor

All things considered, those angles make it worth it!! Yup, no angle will ever get me down again. Okay, maybe they will 😉 To hang the Home shelf, we attached sawtooth hooks to the back of the “H” and the “E.”

Special memories on our HOME Shelf #DIyHomedecor

The little HOME shelf and our suitcase-themed dresser makeover are probably my two favorite things we’ve made so far.

Special memories on our HOME Shelf #DIyHomedecor

Our little HOME shelf is a gentle reminder of everything we hold close to our hearts. Where do you keep your special memories and little keepsakes?

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

The original HOME Shelf for all those special keepsakes. Full plans and step by step instructions #DIyHomedecor

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Until next time, I hope you have a beautiful, love-filled week. Thank you for popping in for a visit.

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