DIY $5 Shelves with Leather Straps

Hey guys! If you need a quick and easy project this weekend, this one is for you!I have been on a mission to fill up this blank wall. It’s a walkway so I didn’t want anything sticking at from the wall too much. I came up with these DIY $5 Shelves with Leather Straps!


They are perfect for a narrow space and you can make them as long or as short as you want! 

Here’s how 🙂


I started by cutting a 1×4 for each shelf. I cut mine at 32″.


Next, I applied one coat of Kona stain by Varathane. I just wiped it on with a clean cloth, waited for it to dry for about 5 minutes then wiped the stain with a separate clean cloth to blend the stain.


When the stain dried, I rubbed a thin layer of vaseline around all of the edges and then added some to the board face.


Then, I applied one coat of a dark gray paint over the entire board.


When the paint dried, I used my Ryobi Corner Cat Sander, with an 80-grit sanding pad, to distress the entire board. (You can also use sandpaper for this part).

Now to make them ready to hang!


These “L” brackets were the best way I could think of to hang these shelves. They are under $1 each at Home Depot (near the lumber).


I flipped the board upside down and predrilled through the brackets into the bottom of the shelves. The long side of the brackets will be on the bottom of the shelves. (I placed my brackets 2″ from the ends of the board).


I found these leather straps at Hobby Lobby for about $2.50 each (when they were on sale). You will need 1 full strap for each shelf.


I cut them to size, with scissors. I cut 2 at 12″ and 2 at 9″ for each shelf.


I used my Airstrike Stapler to attach the short pieces of leather to the back edge of the shelf (you can use finishing nails or hot glue, as well). The leather strap is going up from the edge of the board.


Then, I attached the “L” brackets to the bottom of the shelf (notice the back piece of leather s between the board and the bracket).



Then, I added hot glue to one end of the long leather straps and attached them to the bottom of the shelf to cover the “L” brackets.

Now, to attach them to the wall.

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I used my Ryobi Phone Works Laser Level to mark my level lines, where the shelves will be hanging


and marked where my studs were.


Next, I attached the other end of the “L: brackets to the wall with 2” screws. (If you have a stud here that is great, if not, use a wall anchor to reinforce the screws).


To make the shelves look like they are hanging by the leather straps, I pulled the long strap up to meet the short strap. (I wanted my ends to be even with each other so I cut the longer strap down.


Finally, I used my Airstrike Stapler to attach them both to the wall. You can also use finish nails and a hammer here.


To finish them off, I added an iron clavo to each strap. You can find them HERE on Amazon. You can really use any decorative bolt here.

I added a few decorative pieces and called it a day 🙂




Now for the giveaway! Two lucky winners will receive Ryobi Tools 6-piece Combo Kit,


a Phone Works Laser Level


and a Phone Works Stud Finder!


All you have to do is follow Ryobi Tools and Shanty2Chic on Instagram!

Good luck 🙂

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  1. Dana Abbott on January 31, 2021 at 9:19 pm

    Just saw this post as we have done this but used the straps, after we dyed them with the wood stain we used on the shelves, as a sling. We looped the leather and then placed the shelf into the loops on each end. We also used 2 x 10 and cut it in 48in lengths. We like them so well we are doing them again on the other side of our living room…so I was looking for more leather.
    Love the rustic look!

  2. craigmanderson on October 27, 2015 at 7:50 pm

    Love this idea so creative and easy will be giving a try in our new home!

  3. Spencer Spencer on October 11, 2015 at 3:14 pm

    I love this DIY! Where did you get the white knob that is holding the leather strap on the pictures?

  4. audrey rock on September 17, 2015 at 8:35 am

    Where did you get the large thumb tack looking thing? And are the photos on a leather strap too?

  5. Jordan Shortridge on July 18, 2015 at 11:02 am

    Can you tell me where you got that large thumb tack? And did you make those frames? Thank you!

  6. Angela Martinez on May 6, 2015 at 9:06 pm

    Where did you get the frames on ribbons or did you make them?

  7. Britania Mangum Falter on April 8, 2015 at 2:08 pm

    Thanks so much for the great ideas! This was exactly what I was looking for to add a little pop to my daughter’s kitchen play area in her room where remodeling.

  8. Jasmine on March 11, 2015 at 7:42 am

    Hi, this is a stupid question lol but I am new to drilling but I really want to make these shelves! What kind of screws did you drive into the board/how long are they? And what kind of screws did you drill into the wall?

    • Shanty2Chic on March 11, 2015 at 7:52 am

      Hi Jasmine,
      Not a dumb question at all! I used 2″ screws with anchors to attach them to the wall and tiny little screws to attach to the board. They have to be under 3/4″ so they don’t pop through the shelves. Hope this makes sense!

  9. Zamara Zamara on February 12, 2015 at 4:54 pm

    Oh did you already do the give away? I have been looking everywhere for this post once I found it on instagram. I bought the wood and had so many questions because I couldnt figure out the rest. thank you so much for posting this. I can not wait to put this idea in my nursery

  10. tammy marshall on February 6, 2015 at 7:40 am

    You just gave me a great idea for my kitchen thanks :)…and the tools would make the job so much easier!!

  11. Tiffany Sizemore on February 2, 2015 at 4:23 pm

    Thats all we have to do?! Couldn’t be easier than that!!! I’m so excited cause I’m sick of waiting for hubby to get home to borrow tools!!!!

  12. Istuke on February 2, 2015 at 11:38 am

    I love this! Thank you so much for sharing this project! Those tools sure would make life easier!

  13. Jenn Byrne on February 1, 2015 at 4:44 pm

    Love it! Will be our next project!

  14. Melissa Manning on February 1, 2015 at 11:23 am

    I totally LOVE everything you do!!!

  15. Crystal Jenkins on January 31, 2015 at 9:11 pm

    I adore what you all accomplish with tools! I gotta get on board (Get it?… totally intended!) & build unique pieces for my new house!!!

  16. PTmama on January 31, 2015 at 7:49 pm
  17. BuildCraftLove on January 31, 2015 at 3:00 pm

    Done! My birthday is next Friday…which is the day y’all are giving this away according to the number of days left…I think it’s only fair if I win one! LOL!!! BTW y’all looked so cute in your Ryobi outfits on Instagram!

  18. Angela Michler on January 31, 2015 at 11:25 am

    Done! I have a Ryobi drill and I love it. Would love to win more tools and build some cool things for my classroom. My fifth graders would get a kick out of the idea that their teacher can build things!

  19. LynnZ on January 31, 2015 at 10:48 am

    love your ideas..

  20. Raquel S on January 31, 2015 at 10:02 am

    love the things you create!

  21. Sarah phillips on January 30, 2015 at 8:06 pm

    Done and done! I love these shelves, y’all are so creative!!!! Need need need these Ryobi giveaways!!!!

  22. Denice Stapleton on January 30, 2015 at 6:22 pm

    Done 🙂 I absolutely need this giveaway!! My husband won’t let me touch his tools lol I definitely need my own!!

  23. Jeannie Garcia-Buechele on January 30, 2015 at 2:31 pm

    I absolutely love these adorable shelves and can’t wait to put some in my hall bathroom, thanks for all the great ideas and projects you give us. #buildlikeagirl 🙂

  24. I wanted to splurge! on January 30, 2015 at 2:23 pm

    Done 🙂
    One day I will build beautiful things like you do!

  25. Erica Simon on January 30, 2015 at 2:06 pm

    These would be amazing! especially the stud finder! (I already own the circular saw but a second one wouldnt hurt right!!???) 🙂

  26. Brittney Adams-Vivian on January 30, 2015 at 2:05 pm

    Are you going to be posting a tutorial on the leather strap picture frame?

  27. Stephanie Hulings on January 30, 2015 at 2:02 pm

    That phone level/stud finder made me giggle like I was meeting my true love for the first time. Seriously…..

  28. Stephanie Francis on January 30, 2015 at 1:42 pm

    I follow both Shanty2chic and Ryobi on Instagram! Would love to be able to win these tools! I just closed on a brand new house and have a ton of your plans printed to make! Made your hanging wine rack as a Christmas gift and can’t wait to get started on new projects!!!

  29. Margo Lake on January 30, 2015 at 12:37 pm

    Hi Ladies,
    Shelves are adorable! Love your decorative items also. Could you please tell me where you got the topiary and the clock? Thanks and Have a Blessed Day 🙂

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