DIY: Stamp Storage Shelving

28 Jul

Since we moved, my craft room is a whole new thing. Things are coming together but I have always wanted a stamp shelf for a while and I thought I could put up some small shelves on the wall but I was also thinking, “What a pain, with a whole lot of holes in the wall if I move.” That’s when the idea came to me to use plywood as the backing for the shelves. Ding! Ding!

With great anticipation, I went to the Home Depot and looked for a long time for the best backer board for my little shelving project at the best price. I looked at all kinds of boards that I couldn’t even identify, did a bunch of math and finally came down to the most basic 15/32″ sheathing. I asked the assistant in lumber to cut the 4×8′ board into three pieces.

1) Cut 2 feet off one end for a 4×2″ piece.
2) Cut the other piece in half for two 2×6″ pieces.
(Home Depot cuts for free…yeah!!!)

Then I looked for some kind of edging and something I could use for the small shelves. I began with 1/4 round pine moulding at $.39/foot and added a simple lattice 1-1/2×1/4″. I used the cutting station at Home Depot to cut ten, 2 feet pieces of both the moulding and the lattice. So, I spent about $35 for my supplies.

I sanded the edges of all the moulding and lattice pieces.

Then I nailed the two mini shelf pieces together in this shape.

What helped with this process was placing the lattice piece on top of a piece of the plywood and the 1/4 round just at the end and underneath. Nailing them together was much easier with the help of a plywood “pad.”

Once all ten were nailed together, I nailed the stamp shelves onto the backer board, beginning with 3″ between them, then 4″ and finally 6″. Here are the first few on the board.

And with all the shelf pieces affixed…I painted the entire piece in white and leaned it against my craft room wall.

Finally, I filled it up with my mounted red rubber stamps…yeah! I did a little arranging by shelf: my Eiffel Tower stamps (which I collect) went on the top

and then sprinkled about were themes such as thanks, seasons, wishes, flowers, backgrounds, etc.

I tell you, it’s not perfect but I’m so proud that I made it myself, it works and it was NOT expensive.

Can I just say, that I LOVE this system. I can see the stamps I most love, and see ones that I sometimes forget.

Thanks for stopping by and I’ll see you soon. Eli


5 Responses to “DIY: Stamp Storage Shelving”

  1. Sally July 28, 2011 at 7:33 pm #

    This is a fantastic set of shelves! Well done!

    Also, I don’t think you have nearly enough stamps of the Eiffel Tower.

    • Frillions by eli July 28, 2011 at 8:08 pm #

      Thanks, Sally…I only collect mounted, red rubber stamps…and only for a couple of years. I always look when I’m out “craft shopping” 🙂

  2. Sharon Harnist July 28, 2011 at 8:24 pm #

    GREAT shelving idea, Eli, executed perfectly, and pretty to boot!

  3. Tori baker August 21, 2011 at 6:06 pm #

    I love the eiffel tower – we had a huge painting that Nicks mother did of it very abstractish in pale to lemon yellows and white and it hung over our living room sofa when we lived in Greece. Great collection. Makes me want to buy sealing wax and write letters more.

    PS I learned how to blog comment finally…


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