DIY: Lemony Snicket Shelves or Decoupaged Shelves

I had picked up these cheap as heck square shelves a while back and could never decide what to do with them. They just didn’t fit my decor at all and they wouldn’t fit in my craft room. So they sat all by their lonesome for months until I started looking at Pinterest and saw all the amazing decoupage projects folks were doing.

Source: via Shelly on Pinterest

So, back to the project… I started out with those three shelves that you can buy at just about any store, walmart, target, whatever you have near you. They cost anywhere from $10 to $15. I forgot to take a picture before I started so you see the first small box somewhat finished 🙂


  Mod Podge

  Exacto knife and Paper Cutter

  Palette  knife or some other dull object with a nice edge

  Sponge Paint Brush

  Scrapbooking Paper – I used The Once Upon a Time Stack which you can find at Micheal’s


The biggest problem I ran into is that the boxes weren’t exactly square and I had a lot of trouble no matter how much I measured, the smallest box just wouldn’t line up. But I just went with it.. Luckily for me, You can’t even see it once it is on the wall 🙂 So let’s get started!!!

Starting with the inside of the box, cut paper 1/2 inch deeper than the box so you can fold the paper over the edges. This will give you a nice clean edge. I did not do this and the black shows through in some spots because I wasn’t super careful. If you are using 12 x 12 paper, you can do two sides at once instead of cutting four pieces. In other words cut 2 pieces twice the width of one side.

  Apply Mod Podge to the backside of the paper and stick to the inside. Using a flat dull object such as a palette knife, press the paper down in the corners. Do all four inner sides

  Allow inner sides to dry.

  Once the inner sides are dry, cut 4 panels for the outer sides 1/2 inch longer & wider than needed to fold over the edges on all four sides

  Apply Mod Podge to the backside of the paper and stick to each outer side.  Press the paper down into each edge with the palette knife to give a nice edged finish. Overlap each piece so that the shelf itself does not show

  Allow outer sides to dry

Once the outer sides are good and dry, we are ready to tackle the front which is a bit tricky and where you need the exacto blade. We will be doing the front with one big sheet of paper rather than applying the paper side by side because you’ll end up with nasty seams like the photo below. See the pink arrows point to said nasty seams. Ugh! I was really digging the more steampunk look for this, but it just did not work out.

   You’ll need a solid sheet of paper that is bigger than the box shelf. Trace the boxes inner and outer edges onto the back side of the paper

 Using the exacto knife, cut out the square shape all in one piece.

  Apply Mod Podge to the backside of the paper and stick to the front facing

  Allow to dry

  Once everything is dry, apply one even coat of Mod Podge to the box shelf.

  Hang on the Wall 🙂


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