DIY Triangle Shelves

Triangle-shelves by subtletakeoverTriangle-shelveDon’t you just love these mini triangle shelves!? Today husband and wife team Josh + Sarah show us how to make your own.Steps1-4Supplies needed: 1″x4″ by 6-foot pine boards (x2), wood glue, sandpaper (100 and 220 grit), miter saw, measuring tape.
*Optional: paint (we used acrylic) or stain,gloss medium & varnish (for acrylic paint).

Step 1. Set miter saw to 30˚ Step 2. Cut 1st 30˚ angle then flip board and measure long end 6″. Step 3. Cut 18 6″ (long side) pieces with 30˚ angles on either end. (*Length is optional, you can make these as big or small as you like, as long as all sides are equal.) Optional Step: Cut 2″ (long side) pieces with 30˚ angles if you’d like to add inset shelves for the triangles that will hang upside down. Step 4. Sand off all burrs and rough spots with the 100 grit sandpaper, making all the pieces nice and smooth.Steps5-7Step 5. Arrange the first triangle (as pictured). Step 6. Glue together using a thin yet generous smear along connecting edge. Be sure to press pieces nice and tight together. Wipe off any excess glue. Repeat for all 6 triangles. Let glue dry for at least 4 hrs. Step 7. Sand any exposed, dried glue. Now you can paint your shelves if you choose to.

Tip: When painting smaller pieces, use a tack to keep it from getting too messy!How to make triangle shelvesMini triangle-shelvesYou could give these as a gift or hang in your home! Thanks so much Josh + Sarah! (You can meet them on Instagram: Josh @subtletakeover and Sarah @arrowandapple)

  • I think its easy to made and very affordable shelves (Estantes). Even looking pretty good.

  • I actually love this. So much! This is so cute.

  • I really love these shelves, but I don’t know anything about saws/ woodworking, and im wondering if they are available for purchase ever? If so I would be very interested in buying a set!

    • I make these at custom sizes.
      You can order one triangle or one hundred starting at $4.95

  • Though very cute, my husband has enough on his to-do list. Triangles will have to wait!


  • These are fun and stylish. However, without splines or biscuits in those joints, weight or changes in humidity and temperature will eventually cause them to split at their joints. Be careful with gluing end-grain, it doesn’t hold a tight bold for very long.

    Just a quick tip from a former woodworker 😉

  • Oh my goodness, I love these shelves! Thanks for this amazing tutorial!

  • this looks so cool!love the colours and it look so easy to make!
    thank you for sharing 🙂

  • Really nice idea and good for children´s room. Have a great Monday.

  • This is so lovely! Anything mini is adorable. Now I will have to find lots of cute things to put on these teeny shelves….

  • I wouldnt really call these shelves unless they were much bigger but as wall art its great. 🙂

  • These are so cute! My roommates nephew collects match box cars and these would be the perfect way to display them will have to send a link!

    (Currently hosting a worldwide fashion giveaway!)

  • What perfect shelves for little trinkets and treasures! I foresee a craft night on my horizon. 🙂

  • love this! great colors. perfect for a neutral wall.


  • This is such a cute idea! They remind me of Trivial Pursuit pieces; that make me a super nerd, but oh well!


  • Love this!
    Really cute and the colours would brighten a room.

    Thanks for sharing.

  • It looks like they used staples in the photos…. ???? and how are they hung on the wall??

  • it looks great!… I love the idea, but isn’t so DIY for me 😉

  • lovely diy. so colorful and pretty. going to ask my father for some wood from his workshop and make some of these. they will def. add something pretty to my apt. thanks! xx. gigi. food and beauty blogger @

  • I like how bright these are, but I still like the honeycomb ones better 🙂

    xx Ashleigh

  • cool idea, but seems more useful for holding things if made in a bigger size. what a cool look that is though. 🙂

  • ohhh,how sweet is that…Hope my boyfriend is going to do such lovely crafts with me,when he`s here…Love the colors of the triangles,especially the turquois one


  • love them… going to try to get my bf to use his new saw he got last year for christmas and make me some

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