Building a Wooden Shelf

How to make a wooden shelf

Recycle items:

Pieces of wood (to make the shelf)

Also needed:

Wood glue

Staple gun and staples

Drill and drill bit

Hand sander

White paint and brush


  1. Measure the size of your printed picture and cut the wood according to these measurements.   Mark three equal spots on one piece of wood. Use the drill bit and drill 3 holes into the wooden piece. Use the hand sander to get rid of any woodchip pieces.
  2. Glue the pieces together and use a staple gum to secure it more.
  3. When it is completely dry paint the shelf white, set aside to dry.


How to do the wood transfer

You will need

Printed picture

Transfer glaze and small brush

A pan big enough for the picture to soak in

Soft cloth

Water based varnish and brush

Modge podge



  1. Apply 6 layers of transfer glaze onto the picture side of the print. Do the layers in opposite directions from left to right and then from top to bottom. Allow the one layer to dry before you paint the next layer. Carry on doing this until you have done all six layers. After the last layer leave overnight to dry.
  2. Soak the picture in a pan filled with water ensure that the picture does not fold or bend.
  3. Place the picture face down on a flat surface and start to gently rub away the paper with your fingers.  Ensure that you have removed all paper. A soft cloth can help to remove the pieces, leaving you with the picture on the transfer glaze.
  4. Paint the surface (the topside of your shelf) with modge podge. Gently remove the picture from the flat surface and place it on the modge podge surface with the picture face up. Use your fingers and gently push down from the centre to the sides to remove any air bubbles. Allow to dry.
  5. Use a water based varnish to seal the picture and the wood.

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