I love escaping to the mountains. My parents have a cabin in the Swiss alps and it’s definitely one of my family’s happy places. I thought it would be nice to bring a little bit of alpine spirit to Jasmine’s nursery, so I designed this sweet little mountain shelf. I had already created a pine forest wall with these adorable decals and then realised a little mountain shelf in the forest would be so cute! They are perfect for her little stuffed animals.
You will need:
MDF – I used small offcuts from our wardrobe we had fitted
Screws – they will need to be long enough to go through one layer of MDF (this will depend on how thick your MDF is) and then a further 2cm
White MDF primer
Water-based eggshell or gloss paint in white
Water-based eggshell or gloss paint in grey
Access to a jigsaw
I recommend choosing a drill bit that is a fraction smaller than the screw, so that the screw tightens into the holes. If the drilled holes are too big, the screw will just spin around. Make sure you use a vice to safely secure the MDF before you start drilling.
Step 1. Firstly, decide on the size you’d like your shelf to be. Mine is approximately 25cm tall by 20cm wide. The little shelf at the bottom is about 12cm deep. On paper, draw out a template for the mountain shape and the shelf. Then take these along with the MDF to a carpenter (or a local wood shop with a jigsaw) and ask them to cut the shapes out. I asked them to curve the corners of the shelves so that they weren’t sharp. Of course, if you have a jigsaw at home you can definitely do this part yourself! Once the shapes are cut out, sand off the edges so they are smooth.
Step 2. Prepare the two pieces for painting with a white MDF primer. Once dry, give both pieces a coating with either eggshell or gloss paint.
Step 3. Wait until the paint has dried, and mark two drill points at the bottom of the mountain shape, approximately 4cm in from the edge on either side. Drill holes all the way through the MDF. Then, to work out the correct place for the holes on the shelf part, place the shelf in line with the mountain base and mark with a pencil through the holes.
Step 4. Drill into the back edge of the shelf at these points, approximately 1.5cm deep.
Step 5. With a screwdriver, screw the shelf onto the mountain through the holes you have drilled. Tighten the screws as much as possible to ensure that the shelf is properly secured.
Step 6. With pencil, draw on the snow capped mountain line at the top of the mountains.
Step 7. Paint the shelf and mountain grey below the line you’ve just drawn. This will probably require a couple of coats.
Step 8. Attach a picture hook to the back of the shelf so that you can hang it on the wall. Alternatively, use superglue strength adhesive strips – just make sure the shelves are super secure. You don’t want them falling off the wall and landing on anyone!
I hope you enjoyed my Mountain Shelf tutorial! As DIY projects go they are simple to make and really add an extra bit of cuteness to a child’s bedroom. I hope Jasmine will love these for years to come.
Fancy saving this tutorial for later? Make sure you pin the image below to one of your Pinterest boards so you can always find it. Have fun DIYing everyone!