Photo Ledge DIY

How to build a photo ledgeToday I am excited to share a simple and very useful DIY with you!

We all have these walls in our homes that we don’t know what to do with, right? In Jeremy’s studio, there was one such wall above this small side table. Originally, I was planning one large print for this space, but since there is already a big photo in another part of the room, it just didn’t feel right. The idea of photo ledges appealed to me because the art could be changed from season to season, and what’s even better is it doesn’t ALL have to be art. For these photos, I threw a few favorite records up there, but I think some framed sheet music or other personal mementos would also be nice.

And of course, we printed some special photos as well!

Canon PrinterThis post is part of our long-running work with the amazing folks at Canon USA, and I used my personal favorite printer, the Canon PIXMA iP8720 Crafting Printer for the photos you see up there. I love having the large format to print multiple photos on a page. It gives me a little more freedom with the sizing.

Photo ledge DIY! (click through for tutorial)Supplies:
-2.5″ x .75″ board
-1″ x .75″ board
-1.5″ x .5″ board (sometimes these only come about 3′ long, so you may have to use two if making a long ledge)
jigsaw, chop saw, or have the nice people at the lumber store cut it to size for you!
-1″ nails
-1.25″ wood screws
wood glue
-small clamps
keyhole hanger
Canon PIXMA iP8720 Crafting Printer

Photo ledge DIY! (click through for tutorial)Measure how long you want your ledge to be and cut all three of your board sizes to that exact length. To create the back and bottom of your photo ledge, glue and clamp the side of the 1″ x .75″ board to the edge of the 2.5″ x .75″  board. Allow the glue to set a few minutes.

Photo ledge DIY! (click through for tutorial) Use some wood screws to securely attach the smaller board to the larger one through the back of the larger board. This back side is also the back side of your ledge, so the screw heads won’t show when done.

Photo ledge DIY! (click through for tutorial) Use more glue and clamps to clamp the edge of the 1.5″ x .5″ board onto the other open side of the 1″ x .75″ board. Allow the glue to set for a few minutes.

Photo ledge DIY! (click through for tutorial) Once the glue is set, remove the clamps and drive a few small nails into the edge of the board to keep the front board secure.

Photo ledge DIY! (click through for tutorial) Attach some keyhole hangers onto the back of your ledge for hanging, and paint or stain your boards whatever color you choose. Now you’re ready to hang and add your photos!

How to build a photo ledge How to build a photo ledge How to build a photo ledge I love how it turned out! This is a project that can be done in a day, fit to the exact size of YOUR space, and makes a huge impact in the room on a small budget.

xx! Elsie

Credits//Author: Elsie Larson, Photography: Elsie Larson and Laura Gummerman. Project Assistant: Laura Gummerman. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.

  • Where did the table come from? It’s gorgeous and would love to purchase it myself.

  • Where did you put the keyhole hangers? To where the screws don’t go through the shelf?

  • Hello,

    I would just like to ask where did you get that nice looking console table?



  • Love this. You always have the best DIY projects.

  • I have just discovered your Blog and am IN LOVE! such a great Monday pick me up! Thank you xx

  • What an awesome wall decor! And it looks pretty easy to make too. 🙂

  • I love this! I just saw the adorable white planter in your Snapchat and LOVE this rectangular planter! I’m new to the plant game and have been looking around to find some great ones and have been coming up short. Are there certain stores you look at or is it more local shops?

  • I agree! They’re almost to too pretty to hide!!!
    xx- Elsie

  • What a cool idea!! 🙂
    xx Caroline

  • Hi, This is great! We just traded in cable for a turntable and have no regrets. I’ve been trying to figure out what to do with our new record collection that I have spayed out everywhere. Plus I love the old cover art. Great idea. ~Will

  • Picture ledges are such a great DIY. When I made mine, I was worried about how strong they would be, so we added a tiny support on the side to increase the strength of the shelf.

  • Love the simplicity and elegance. Such a classy touch to any room!


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