DIY Double Wall Box Shelf

Create a modern focal piece for your walls with this intersecting wall box shelf project. Using a few craft store boxes in various sizes, a saw, some glue and a little paint you can craft this piece in no time.

DIY box shelves

Perfect for holding little plants or those miniature accessories that you can never find the right place for!


double box supplies

Supplies you’ll need for this box shelf:

  • 2 wooden craft store wooden boxes (open on each side)
  • pencil
  • ruler
  • craft paint
  • paint brush
  • saw
  • wood glue
  • spray lacquer
  • hammer
  • 4 small nails

Instructions of how to build the box wall shelves:

Step 1: Placing them together

Start by placing the wooden boxes next to each other. Measure approximately where you would like your boxes to intersect. With a pencil, mark the spots on the box you want to cut.

double box shelf tutorial

Step 2: Cutting process

Using your saw, evenly cut the corner off the box that is marked (at the pencil line). This should then fit snuggly against the uncut box.

Step 3: Coat of glue

Apply a thin coat of wood glue to the 2 sides where the box was cut and allow time to dry per instructions on the back of the bottle.

Step 4: Secure with nails

To finish securing the boxes, place 2 very small nails into the side of the boxes where they intersect (2 nails to each side).

double box shelf instructions

Step 5: Painting

Once the boxes are secured together and dry, give them a coat of paint or stain. Here we left our boxes au natural on the sides and painted a just the borders of each box. You can get creative with this step and paint solid colors, patterns, or just stain darker. Customize it for your style and space!

Step 6: Add lacquer coat

Lastly, finish off your box with an evenly applied thin coat of lacquer and let dry. This provides a protective layer to the wooden box which is especially important if you leave the wood unfinished. If you decide to paint the entire shelf, this step can be optional.

DIY box shelves

The craft store boxes should have small brackets on the back for hanging. If they don’t then you can simply hang the boxes right on the nail heads to add brackets to the back. Measure, level, and hang your boxes. And now for the fun part- add a few pretty plants, vases, or accessories to your new little shelf!

DIY box shelf