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These DIY honeycomb shelves from A Beautiful Mess are a unique alternative to regular built in shelves or bookcases. Not only are they (relatively) easy to make, but they are great for staging a home, when you need that extra bit of visual interest. This project makes a three-comb shelf, but you can always add to it once you get the hang of it!


  • a miter saw (or chop saw)
  • wood screws or sheet rock screws at 1 1/4″, a drill and drill bit (drill bit should be slightly smaller than the screws you are using)
  • a level
  • a rotary sander (or sandpaper will work fine)
  • wood glue
  • a tape measurer
  • wall brackets
  • a pencil for marking measurements
  • 3 fencing planks from your hardware or lumber store! *When choosing your wood at the store, check to make sure the wood isn’t warped or twisty! Choose planks that are as level as possible.

1. Make sure and set your miter saw to cut angles at 30 degrees! You won’t have to change this setting at all for the entire project.

2. Most fencing planks have one end that is a little more decorative – chop this off at the 30 degree angle.

3. After you make your first cut, turn over the plank so you are measuring your long edge. Measure 12″ and mark where you want your next cut to be.

4. Make your 2nd cut right along the edge where you marked. You have your first piece! Repeat this for every single piece. In this DIY, you will need to cut 15 pieces. (Keep in mind as you’re cutting your pieces, each piece should look like this. Note how the ends look – there should be one long edge that measures 12″, and the angled cuts should both go in to make the other side shorter.)

5. Count your pieces and make sure there are 15 and that they are all the exact same size.

6. To make your first hexagon pod, take six pieces and set them standing up on the ground. It will feel kind of like figuring out a puzzle! Designate which side will be the base of your shelf and work up from there. Make sure they are exactly how you want them before continuing.

7. Working on one side at a time, use your wood glue to bind one side to the other.

8. Press the sides firmly together for a few seconds.

9. Using the drill and the drill bit, pre-drill your holes where you will want to screw the two pieces together. This will make it easier to screw, and it will prevent the wood from cracking.

10. Screw the two pieces together. Josh recommends putting two screws in each piece attaching to the base of each hexagon, and then just using one screw on each of the side pieces.

11. Repeat steps 7-10 on each side until you have finished your first hexagon!

***Once you’re done with your first hexagon, look on A Beautiful Mess for further instructions on joining hexagons (instead of making more hexagons you will add to the first hexagon) and wall mounting.

Now you have a beautiful honeycomb shelf that’s definitely worthy of Pinterest! And while you’re uploading photos of your new shelf, be sure and visit Doma’s Pinterest page for more DIY inspiration!

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