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DIY Shelf Frame

When you can’t decide between a picture frame or shelf for your wall space, consider doing a combination of both! This unique DIY helps declutter your tabletop and showcase your collections in a fun way. The wide moulding and rustic metallic façade of the Dakota shadowbox really glams up even the most dreary of spaces. See how this DIY Shelf Frame is the perfect way to blend art and function using a beautiful shadowbox as the base using our tutorial. 

DIY Shelf Frame Supplies


  • (2) 6” x 9” Dakota Shadowbox Frames
  • Scrap Wood
  • Acrylic paint – white, champagne gold metallic
  • Paintbrush
  • Heavy-duty adhesive, like E6000
  • Foam Core or thin scrap of wood

First, determine which way you want to hang your frames. Cut scrap pieces of wood to fit inside each frame. We chose to hang one frame vertically and one horizontally so our wood pieces for the shelves measured 3.5” x 5.5” and 3.5” x 8.375”.

Paint Shelves

Paint your scrap pieces of wood with a layer of white paint then top that with a champagne gold metallic paint. Tip: Consider using a contrasting paint color to bring in a pop of color on your wall!

Glue Shelves

We found that a small piece of foam core was needed inside the shadowbox in order to make the shelf fit flush when inside the frame. Cut and adhere this piece in place then adhere the wood shelf on top, making the end flush with the inside edge of the shadowbox. We recommend a heavy-duty adhesive, like E6000.

Hang Shelves

To hang, hammer in a sawtooth hanger on the back or Command strips made for a heavy weight since these will be shelves holding additional weight.

Frame Shelves Hung 

Fill your shelves with whatever trinkets, treasures or collections you wish!

Frame Shelves Filled

Now all your items are easily accessible in reach but aren’t taking up space in your bathroom, office, or bedroom space.

DIY Frame Shelves Styled

Consider mixing in DIY shelf frames with traditional framed art for a unique gallery wall option!

DIY Frame Shelf Final

DIY Frame Shelf Pinterest

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