diy {“level” floating shelf}


I made a new shelf. It took about a total of 5 minutes with supplies on hand and is super easy. All you need is a fun level! Now, here’s the deal most of my projects are always done with supplies on hand because I am not a big fan of shopping. When I am out I buy random things that grab my eye. I don’t always have a plan for the items, but I like them. About a year ago I bought a red level. It had worn down paint, wasn’t too long and it was probably about $2.00. It’s been sitting in my garage waiting for a happy home. I finally found it one.


  • Wood level
  • Picture and Frame Hanging tabs
  • Wood strip (I used a piece about 1/2 inch x 1/2 inch)
  • Wood screws or drywall screws (depends on what you are screwing the shelf into)


Step 1: Find & mark a couple of wall studs. Pre-drill holes into the wood and the wall studs. Drill the wood piece into the studs. If your wall studs aren’t in the place you need to them to be, you can mount it to drywall, just use drywall screws and/or anchors. I knew my shelf would only be holding lightweight items, so I didn’t worry if the screws were evenly separated.

Meg and Kimberlee introduced me to these at a Craft Weekend. They hung HEAVY frames and mirrors all over the place with these bad boys.

Step 2: Take four strips and place them together in sets of two (velcro on the inside). Remove the adhesive protector on one side and press the joined strips very firmly onto the wood…do this on both ends. Then remove the other adhesive protectors….

Step 3: Press your level firmly onto the adhesive strips. If you are wanting to hang heavy items on the shelf, you will want to attach the level using nails or glue. I did not want to alter my level in any way and I will just be displaying lightweight items on the shelf, so the adhesive strips are a perfect option. When I am ready to remove the level, I’ll pull it off the level by the velcro and then the remove the adhesive strips by the instructions…and no paint will be peeled in the process.

UPDATE: My level is actually broken…probably why it was $2.00! It doesn’t bother me that when it is level the bubbles are on one side. If that would drive you nuts, I suggest spending more than $2.00 on your level!

The March Giveaway Day winner was Susan Ritter! Congratulations Susan, you should have an email from me in your inbox.

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  • Danielle - The level is so perfectly pre-loved… something about a hit of red to liven up a room! And the #7… well how perfect is that? Thanks for sharing.

  • Seriously Sassy Mama - That was fun and simple! I love it!

  • Jeannette - Love it! I thought everyone knew about command strips – I’ve been hanging everything with them- hung Noble’s headboard a couple days ago. They are amazing!

  • Windie D - what a fun idea! although i can’t help but notice the level is not level ๐Ÿ˜‰ i haven’t used command strips in years, but this makes me want to try them again!

  • Kara Paslay - Ash, I think we were separated at birth! ๐Ÿ™‚ I thought the piece of art I posted today was very “you” and I think this piece you posted is very me! I’ve been wanting to make a level shelf, thanks for showing me what the finished product will look like! Continuing to pray for your little one until she makes her way home!

  • Susan - Super cute shelf!! I’m so excited about winning the give-away! Thank you so much!!

  • Sarah Wolfe - This is so cute. Love that your number is 7! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Kate @ Songs Kate Sang - YAY!!! Congratulations, Susan!

  • Molly @ mixedmolly - Genius! I wonder why this wouldn’t work with a weathered piece of pallet wood? Or a vintage yard stick. The possibilities!

  • ko - So cute and vintage! I love it!

  • Abigail C - I love the way you find beauty all over the place–though I must confess my first thought with hanging a level on the wall was that it would absolutely *have* to be level otherwise the little off center bubbles would accuse me forever!

  • AshleyAnn - Abigail…my level is ‘broken’. When it is level the bubbles go to the side anyway!

  • Kim @ Miracle-Round - Love the level. I have a few old levels that belonged to my great-grandfather. I was planning on using them as shelves in the office. I was going to lay them flat and rest them on small L brackets. I never thought of mounting them with 3M strips! I’ve used them for other things and they are great. But before I get to the levels. I have to paint the office first…

  • megan@contentedsparrow - Seriously cute!! Love how well-loved that level was, too. Perfect!

  • Jenna - I was gonna make a quip about how easy it must have been to hang your level level, but then you said it was broken. Ha, ha! Love it though! What a great idea for a little shelf.

  • The Prairie Hen - Dear Ash,
    Love this! What a darling way to display that oh-so-significant “7”!


  • hannah singer - this is adorable! thanks for sharing.
    looks easy enough for me to do, too ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Kimberlee J. - Love the level.
    This makes me wonder what other kinds of things I should be hanging on the wall???
    Glad to we were able to talk you into going Command-o.

  • Kimberlee J. - And yay for Susan!!!!!!

  • Sara torbett - Love this project! We live out in the country so I’m not a fan of shopping either. I do love to think creatively with what I have on hand at home though! Thanks for the adhesive strips tip. My husband hates a bunch of holes in the wall every time I change my mind ( which is quite often) ๐Ÿ™‚

  • gkey - Dear On the Level,

    I was JUST thinking I need a big number 7 to display somewhere. My husband is #7 out of 12 kids, (and I simply love the number). You did a great job with the idea of hanging the level as a shelf. I’m a’gonna keep my eyes pealed for an old one like that now!

    Hoping to be so Lucky

    p.s. I’ve missed stopping by here the last while. Looking forward to catching up. Think of you waiting for your family of 7 to be all together!

  • Jodi - We have a level shelf too! We use ours for chalk and it has a Katie Daisy print on it, you would love. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • elizabeth - such a cool idea~thanks for another one!!

  • Mara - Thanks for sharing! I absolutely love this idea and Command Strips are awesome! I was disappointed though that I couldn’t pin the images to Pinterest. I was hoping to have an easy way to catalogue the idea for the future. I am curious why you would restrict pinning access?

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