DIY Honeycomb Shelves

Honeycombs-9380Sarah and her handy husband Josh recently created this beautiful honeycomb style shelving unit for their home. This project is a little bit more involved because of the tools, but stick with it and you’re going to have some amazing shelves.

This DIY will make a three-comb shelf, and once you get the hang of it, you’ll be able to make more combs to add to it.

Honeycombs-9403Supplies needed:
-miter saw (or chop saw)
wood screws or sheet rock screws at 1 1/4″
-a drill and drill bit (drill bit should be slightly smaller than the screws you are using)
-a level, a rotary sander (or sandpaper will work fine)
wood glue
-tape measure
wall brackets
-pencil for marking measurements
-3 fencing planks from your hardware or lumber store!

*When choosing your wood at the store, check to make sure the wood isn’t warped or twisty! Choose planks that are as level as possible.*

Honeycombsteps11. Make sure and set your miter saw to cut angles at 30 degrees! You won’t have to change this setting at all for the entire project.

2. Most fencing planks have one end that is a little more decorative – chop this off at the 30 degree angle.

3. After you make your first cut, turn over the plank so you are measuring your long edge. Measure 12″ and mark where you want your next cut to be.

4. Make your 2nd cut right along the edge where you marked. You have your first piece! Repeat this for every single piece. In this DIY, you will need to cut 15 pieces. (Keep in mind as you’re cutting your pieces, each piece should look like this.

Note how the ends look – there should be one long edge that measures 12″, and the angled cuts should both go in to make the other side shorter.)

Honeycombs-9446Honeycombsteps25. Count your pieces and make sure there are 15 and that they are all the exact same size.

6. To make your first hexagon pod, take six pieces and set them standing up on the ground. It will feel kind of like figuring out a puzzle! Designate which side will be the base of your shelf and work up from there. Make sure they are exactly how you want them before continuing.

7. Working on one side at a time, use your wood glue to bind one side to the other. 8. Press the sides firmly together for a few seconds.

Honeycombsteps39. Using the drill and the drill bit, pre-drill your holes where you will want to screw the two pieces together. This will make it easier to screw, and it will prevent the wood from cracking.

10. Screw the two pieces together. Josh recommends putting two screws in each piece attaching to the base of each hexagon, and then just using one screw on each of the side pieces.

11. Repeat steps 7-10 on each side until you have finished your first hexagon!

12. Now it’s time to add on to your original hexagon. Instead of making a bunch of hexagons separately, you will start with the first one and then add on to it, so each hexagon “borrows” sides from what you already have.

This is an example of how the sides work to fit together. It’s a good idea to set up the next hexagon with the already-built hexagon so you can see how you want it to look (like in step 6), and then carry out the rest of the steps, and use that same process for the third hexagon.

Honeycombsteps413. This is how all three will look together! Josh added some shelves inside a couple of them. If you’re feeling brave enough to add these, then just measure the width of the middle of your comb (or where you want your shelf to go) and use that as your long side measurement, cutting the ends at an angle the same way you cut your other pieces.

It might be a slightly different measurement depending on which comb you use for your shelf.

14. Using your sander or sand paper, sand down all of the edges once you’re finished! Not only will it take away splinters, but if you’re using a pre-stained wood (like we are) it will give it a really nice worn look.

Ok! Now you’re ready to hang your honeycomb shelves! Here are some hanging tips to make sure your shelves are sturdy and can hold a good amount of weight.

*First of all, when you choose the wall you’re going to hang your shelves on, find your studs first to screw the brackets into. If you’re not sure how to find a stud, start knocking on the wall until the sound of your knock doesn’t feel so deep, echoey, and hollow.

A good way to tell if you’ve hit a stud or not is to try hammering a small nail into the wall. If it’s harder to hammer in, you’ve found a stud. If it’s really easy and the nail goes all the way into the wall, it’s not a stud.

You can also get a small, inexpensive stud finder at the hardware store if you want to go the guess-free route!*

Honeycombsteps51. Once you’ve found your stud, screw the bottom part of the bracket into the wall.

2. Put some pressure on the top part of the bracket, just to make sure it’s sturdy and will hold a little weight.

3. Now you can rest your shelf on the bracket with the level on the bottom shelf. While your shelf is hanging and level, go ahead and mark where your next brackets will go, screw them into the studs.

4. Using your shorter screws, screw the brackets into your shelf for reinforcement. And you’re done! Time to add your personality to it.

Honeycombs-9520Honeycombs-9540Phew! If you made it all the way through then consider yourself a champion with super cute storage (I love how our photo and vintage cameras look on the shelves).

If you love this look but aren’t sure your woodworking skills are ready for this, you can always support another maker and buy your own or go for something like this with the same shape but a luxe feel.

If rustic isn’t your thing…We’ve got a whole archive of shelf DIY projects so take a look at the options and see which suits you best! love, Sarah + Josh

  • What are the dimensions of the final product? (1 unit and the 3 combined?) I love them!

  • Hey it’s Colleen Rudolph
    Just wondering if you are able to recreate this product if I was to pay you the right price for a set, that would be great 🙂 🙂 get back to me on my email, I just love the honeycomb colour so much would be perfect for decor ~ Colleen Rudolph

    • Hi Colleen, You should contact Josh directly. it’s @joshmakes on IG.

  • This series inspired me to create another pinterest board! VERRY NICE…i’ve shared it, hope more can enjoy – i need to add some of this pretty shelving to our new place!

    I think we need to stock some of these on our website: .

  • Wow. Thanks for sharing this. I will ask my husband to make shelves like this.

  • WOW! I love these designs!
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  • I am desperately imploring the who, what, and where a bouts of your flooring! Its dare flipping amazing! And i reckon my laundry room could keep up with the high demand if those lovely checkered bad boys were a part of the chaos…:)

    By the way, super cute shelves too;)!

    Thanks a bunch! Rock on with UR bad self! Love it!

  • Hi, the article is so wonderful, I am interested in it. I will pay attention to your articles.

  • Wow amazing!
    Gonna show it to my boyfriend tonight.
    Hopefully he thinks it’s doable 😉

    xo Sari

  • These are beautiful, and EXACTLY what I need to fill my huge space above my long couch. Don’t have all these tools, so I just ordered mine 🙂 Thanks so much for the tip!

  • Thank you for posting this! I saw some honeycomb shelves on Etsy a while back, but they were really expensive so I nixed the idea. I never thought to make them myself! Thanks for making it look fairly easy. 🙂

  • looks good!

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  • Thank you for this fantastic and very clear tutorial. I’m putting it on Pinterest while I search where I could put some.

  • They look fantastic! I just moved into an attic apartment and these will be perfect for the walls next to the slope plus I can get the man involved 🙂

  • These are so beautiful. I can’t believe you made them. You never fail to amazing me with your talent and creativity!!!

  • Now if only I was handy with a miter saw. Sigh.

    But it’s adorable! I love the natural wood look, but it would look so cute painted, too! So many options.


  • Love this idea,shelves look awesome. Definitely going to give this a try.

  • These are so gorgeous! Love seeing how they put them together too. Thanks for sharing!

  • This is such a beautiful idea. I love that it’s trendy, but in a vague enough sense that it will never grow tacky. I wish I had the motivation (slash confidence in my ability to use tools) to do this. lol


  • This is exactly the kind of diy project I want to see! Thanks so much for sharing Sarah and Josh! I can’t wait to make a bunch of these for our home.

  • So so cute! I love the honeycomb look!

  • Oh my gosh! These are amazing! I want to put them all over my apartment. Thank you for sharing!


  • These shelves are gorgeous! I think there is a miter saw at my papa’s house, so I think I may make this a weekend project. Thanks for the tutorial!


  • Love the look of these honeycomb shelves and think they would look great in my store displaying select pieces of jewelry!

  • This an amazing tutorial – thanks so much for sharing this! I’m moving in a couple of months and am already dreaming of ways of doing up our new place – these would be perfect 🙂

  • These are so cute! I’m definitely bookmarking this. We have some blank walls in our living room that would look great with shelves like these on them.
    Knit, Nicole, Knit!

  • These are such a nice change from traditional horizontal shelves. Love them.


  • These are gorgeous! I love that all your tutorials call for different kinds of creative skills, it means there’ll be something for everyone to try out!
    Faye x

  • they look so pretty, but honestly i would never try this myself maybe go to a capenter and tell him how i want them… but oh those tools!

  • I’ve seen this probably two summers back, and I am moving into a new house, MY FIRST EVER HOUSE, this summer. My new neighbor has a wood-shop in his backyard, this will be a great way to get to know them!

  • Buff!
    I think this is too much for my habilities ; )
    But love them!

  • OMG! I live with a carpenter and we are moving soon! Could not have imagined a more fittihg post thank you very much.

  • That’s a very cute idea!

    Christen :>

  • Oh wow, these shelves are so fantastic!!! I think, I need to grab some tools, buy some wood and get started!

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  • These shelves are the best! Great DIY, thanks for sharing.

    Sarah x

  • Looks amazing! What a great living rooms space – I love the orange couch!

  • great idea, i really love diy’s that have abit more to them and more complex idea 🙂


  • Great idea! I’d love to make these for my new room. Thanks for the beautiful DIY!

  • These look great, I imagine some of these would look great in my bedroom. I´d paint them though, in a nice colour to brighten up and decorate the wall.

  • This would go fabulously with my Wall Mounted Freshness tutorial, I just finished! Love it!
    I think it could be super cute if painted chrome!

  • all your tutes are cute, but i’m so excited about this one especially!!!


  • They are beautiful but I don’t think i can make them. You are amazing

  • So awesome! If I was handier I would totally take this on.

    xO, vicky

  • These are such a good idea! I love the idea of mixing it up a bit…and making shelves into art! Definitely more interesting than the norm 😉

  • Oh my god. This is perfection. This is what a perfect shelf looks like. o_o

  • i have been dying to test the waters of woodworking and purchasing a miter saw and this might’ve just sealed the deal. i adore the look of these! thanks for the tutorial. xo!

  • This is ADORABLE. Definitely saving this tutorial! 🙂

  • To the rude commenter who assumed this project was a copy- You’ll be happy to know that this is the second incarnation of Arrow & Apple’s beautiful honeycomb shelves. The first one was made for our project restyle challenge in April of 2011 ( ) You probably saw photos from that project and assumed things (they were widely circulated on many sites). When I saw they were building a new set for their new home I asked them to write a full DIY for the blog. 🙂

    I also noticed from your IP adress that you are a repeat rude commenter. If you like our blog, you are totally welcome here. We take constructive criticism rather well. If you are just visiting to spread hate, please don’t visit. Thanks.

  • Oh my goodness, I love these! If I didn’t already have a few honeycomb motifs going on in my apartment, I’d be all over this project 🙂

  • These are so beautiful. I can’t believe you made them. You never fail to amazing me with your talent and creativity!!!

  • those look awesome! i love the look of slightly irregular shelves, no need to just be a straight edge!!


  • Well now those are just fantastic! I really want to try this, but me and power tools don’t typically mix. I’m just gonna have to get some balls and try this! I’m trying to figure out what dress to wear to a wedding on my blog, take a look, I’d love the input/help!

  • I love these! It really makes the room so unique since it isn’t the basic shelving everyone has. Your tutorials help me alot and inspire me to be more creative! -Cate

  • Awesome! When I saw the title of the post, I thought, “oh, I just saw Arrow and Apple do these.” HA! Thanks for showing us how! 🙂

  • I’ve been needing some more book space. Thank you for this!

  • That’s really cute! I wish I was good with power tools so I could make some, but I’d probably end up cutting off a finger or something! haha


  • I love this idea! I would love to try this sometime. I could always use more shelves!

  • These could not be cooler! well done!

  • Love this idea. Looks so cool and pretty easy.

  • These are so cute! I’ve got a handyman in the house and he ends up doing a lot of my DIYs 🙂

  • Those are so amazingly awesome!!! WOW!!
    I love em!!
    -Britney of Lemonwood and Honey

  • Did I mention I LOVE your orange couch? Sarah + Josh, would you come redo my house please? haha 😉


  • That’s an amazing idea!
    I loove it! Thanks for sharing!

  • LOVE them! SO cute and a brilliant idea!

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  • These are FAN-FREAKIN-TASTIC! Love them.
    Thanks for sharing,

  • Oh my goodness. i will DEFINITELY be doing this. So creative! I love it!

  • these make me want to raid my dad’s toolkit and release my inner carpenter! so inspiring, they turned out fabulous!

    great post y’all 🙂

  • This is such a brilliant idea!
    If only my landlord let my drill holes in the wall…

  • these are so beautiful. maybe i’ll recruit my dad to give me a hand with these before the end of the summer. 😉

  • I love how you split some of the “honeycombs” in two! Such a fun, cute storage idea.

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