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Decorating with pictures—easy diy picture ledges!

I ADORE this fun series from Capturing Joy with Kristen Duke

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I pretty much only like to decorate my house with my family pictures. It just makes me so happy seeing their faces and remembering the stories behind each photo! I have a few gallery walls going on in my house…so I knew I didn’t want to do another one…but I love spaces where you can get a ton of photographs in one kabang! So I decided to whip up these fun photo ledges—perfect for those of you who are indesicive and want to rearrange a bunch of time! They are also great if you have so many random frames –you don’t have to be all matchy matchy! You can paint them all one color with spray paint–or print all black and white photos–so many fun ways to doll it up! you make these easy diy photo ledges for less than $3 a piece

and here’s the best part! You can make each shelf for $3 each! So this whole display was $12!!!  (seriously…I already had each frame!)


photo ledges diy

okay…let’s talk DIY!!!  it’s REALLLLY easy! pinky promise. I bought 6 pieces of wood in total 4 of the big pieces (they were 6 feet long–2 1/2 inches by less than one inch wide and on the end caps of the lumber aisle at home depot.  $2  a piece. Dig through and make sure they are as straight as you can find! and 2 pieces of the smaller size it’s only 1 1/2 wide…and they are about $1.15 a piece.  I actually cheated and  found myself in the molding aisle–I only needed 2 pieces for 4 shelves and at $4 a piece I couldn’t pass up a a fun decorative edge. If you stick with straight you can get this realllly cheap.

You will also need a hammer, nails, wood glue, and paint or stain…all stuff I had on hand.

I have a scroll saw at home…so I cut my own. But if you know you measurements before you buy home depot will cut them for you for free!)




Each 6 foot piece was cut in half (one for the back of the shelf and one for the bottom) and then the molding was cut to size (you just need one per shelf…for the front!

and stain…(or paint..or distress) I still on the fence about going back and painting these shelves white. My kitchen table is wood…and my mantel on my fireplace is wood…so I felt like it needed some natural unpainted wood to tie it in. wood stain minwax espresso and assemble. I used wood glue…then I had a nail gun (cause i’m pretty cool….not really) but a hammer and nail does the same-plus you get a workout and get to skip the gym! IMG_1923 IMG_1924 okay..here’s what the shelf looks like…the molding (or front piece) is flush with the bottom and has a lip to prevent the frames from sliding off the shelf. The back is taller than the front pieces (which is mostly hidden by the frames) but that is what you nail into the wall so you need to be able to hammer and shoot nails in without the front piece getting in the way….


l shaped photo ledge frame Measure out where the studs are in your wall (insert weird joke about husband being a stud)  and measure out how far you want the shelves spaced apart (word to the wise, find your biggest frame and go from there) I actually had a big clock I wanted to stick on the top shelf…but after it was all said and done it was a little too close to the ceiling for my liking. I contemplated taking all the shelves down and moving everything down about 6 inches…but then I remember it was me and i’m lazy.

also. use a level. These shelves are pretty noticeable when not even! level on picture frame ledges how to

You guys ready for the hardest part????

styling it! I have rearranged about 50 times. put some on the floor…moved all around. added plants. moved plants. added a star…hated the star.
how to style a photo ledge or shelf

and in all reality…I’m still playing around. Ever since I have taken these photos I have still swapped things out. I kept in some pops of colors–cause color is my favorite. But who knows what will change in down the road.

I did put up a fun instagram frame… picture instagram collage


instagram frame

fun way to display your favorite family photos I love it because I get to showcase my favorite pictures…and they are easy to swap in and out!
display favorite pictures photo ledges bottom shelf

for more about these fun marquee letters go HERE marquee letters make this easy l shaped shelf perfect for picture frame photo ledges easy peasy

I made my own canvas in a pinch by ordering a large photo from Costco and wrapping it around a shoe box lid and hot gluing.

you can head here to see how: http://www.agirlandagluegun.com/2015/05/make-a-canvas-picture-from-a-box.html

diy-a-canvas-art-made-from-a-box diy photo canvas 13 articles of faith 13 article of faith is from HERE quote framed printable on photo ledge

for this printable you can go HERE

photo ledges


diy photo ledges a girl and a glue gun when you walk into my living room the fire place is straight ahead…this is to the left of it…right between the living room and dining room living room

now..since you know how to do these easy peasy ledges…check out my roundup of all the different ways to use them!!!

photo ledges roundup

About Kimbo

Kimbo blogs at A girl and a glue gun--where she puts her hot glue gun to good use (as well as her vinyl cutter and sewing machine) She loves all crafts and is thrifty (the nice way to say she's cheap) So she is constantly trying to come up with fast and easy projects that won't break the bank! She lives in Idaho with her hot husband and 3 kiddos.


  1. I just love your photo ledges. I’m really glad that you gave some directions as to how you did it.
    I have been thinking about doing something like that and now you have given me the inspiration.
    My first grandchild is due in May and I love to display pictures of my family and that as has inspired me
    to do something. Thanks.

  2. Hello amazing project!! These look great, all the ways you styled them. I love the ‘let it be’ mixed medium, super clever… and your uber cute kiddos! I think I needs to make me some of these little ledges!
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  3. I really like your shelves. They look great. It made me rethink doing a traditional gallery wall concept on our living room wall.Not sure which way i’ll go quite yet but now I’m kind of partial to your shelf idea. Was the Articles of Faith a print you bought? I’ve never seen one like that before and would really like one. Thanks.

  4. Jaclyn says:

    Hi! I love your gallery wall. I was just wondering about those two small turquoise frames. The ones on the 2nd and 4th shelves. Did you buy those the colors that they are or did you paint them? I’m hoping you painted them and could tell me what color they are painted. Thanks!

  5. I love this idea! Really one of my all-time favorite Pinterest diys. I am not really handy with wood projects, but this looks doable. Is the AOF print your creation or available somewhere?

  6. Thank you for the link. I found it. Sorry, I just noticed you answered the same question in another comment. I am excited to try these shelves and glad to know about that Etsy shop!

  7. I love this! Glad i came across your site 🙂

  8. Did you also nail through the front piece, or gorilla glue only?

    • I think I added a few nails. It wasn’t holding weight..just preventing things from sliding off so it didn’t need to be super reinforced!

  9. Tori May says:

    I love your style! Where did you get the let it BE sign? I am dying for one!

  10. I love your shelves! And I really love your wall color!! Do you know what the color is called?

  11. Kathleen says:

    I am just finding this older post … where did you get the “there are two things you should give a child … ” print. Thanks for sharing your creativity!

  12. Did you print he Instagram collage on printer paper ? Wondering how you did that collage ?

  13. What kind of spacing did you use between the shelves? I like that it fits all different size picture fames ect!


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