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Today we’re building a simple and practical hanging shelf that is perfect for storing curios and bric-a-brac. This hanging shelf will cost you next to nothing, especially if you have a piece of pallet wood kicking around. You know I like to build stuff with pallet wood, and this easy DIY pallet wood hanging shelf is no different.

How do you build a hanging shelf? It's EASY and I will show you how! I'll even share a shop secret with you while we're building this shelf! Click to learn more!

Not only are we building a wood pallet shelf, I’m also sharing one of my shop secrets. It’s a tip for cleaning up everything from your clothes to the felt in the bottom of your tool bag and more! Check out this mess…

Easy way to clean the bottom of your tool bag

Easy Hanging Pallet Shelves

Are you ready to make your own hanging curio shelf? Of course, that’s why you came here! Okay, let’s build a DIY hanging wood shelf together…

DIY hanging wood shelf project

For this hanging pallet shelf, you’ll only need a couple of materials. Of course you’ll be using a piece of pallet wood, but you’ll also be using a thin sisal rope or twine, cup hooks and a finish – either paint or stain.

DIY Hanging Shelf Materials


  • Pallet Board – 10″ long
  • Sisal/Twine – one 60″ pieces
  • 4 Cup hooks
  • Sand paper
  • Paint or Stain
  • Personal protective equipment (safety glasses, gloves etc..)

The first order of business is cutting our pallet boards. Cut a pallet board 10 inches long. Cut two, or three pieces – make as many shelves as you need. Each shelf is one piece.

DIY Pallet Board Hanging Shelf

Next we’ll sand our boards smooth. Just remove any rough spots, splintery areas and get rid of any splintery spots. I like to begin with 150 grit sand paper and end with a 220 grit sand paper, use whatever sand paper you have on hand to get rid of the splintery surface.

DIY Hanging Shelf Pallet Wood Sanding

My Secret Workshop Tool

Okay, here’s my workshop secret. You know when you’re sanding and cutting wood and you get saw dust all over your clothes, then you realize you need to run out to Walmart because you forgot something? Yea, this is where my secret weapon comes in, the Scotch-Brite™ Lint Roller, and for bigger jobs the Scotch-Brite™ 50% Stickier Lint Roller.

Lint rolling saw dust from clothing

I keep at least one Scotch-Brite™ 50% Stickier Lint Roller in my workshop for quick clean ups. It cleans up the bigger messes, not just lint and pet hair. When I need to run to the store and I’m covered in sawdust, a quick zip-zip with the Scotch-Brite™ 50% Stickier Lint Roller and I’m out the door. No wasted time! I also have a few other uses for the Scotch-Brite™ Lint Roller that I’ll share with you in a minute. But first, let’s paint that hanging pallet shelf. Katie needs a spot for her kitty cat curio!

DIY hanging pallet wood curio shelf

Now that we have smoothed out the rough spots on our pallet boards, it’s time to apply paint. You can’t go wrong with chalk paint, it’s always great for a pallet wood project because it requires no primer and can easily give you a rustic look when distressed, if you wish. I’m painting my hanging shelf white.

Painting DIY wood hanging shelf.

Once the paint is dry, it’s time to attach the cup hooks. Attach them at each corner, about 1/2 inch from each edge. If you’re working with really soft wood, feel free to put a dab of all purpose glue on the end of the screw to help hold it in place. I was using hardwood, so I could barely get it in without bending the hook — haha!

Half way through I realized I probably should have pre-drilled the holes. I had to turn them in the last 1/4 inch with pliers – oops! Now I know for next time.

Cup hooks for hanging a wall shelf

Grab that piece of 60″ twine and tie the ends together with a strong knot. Loop the twine through the cup hooks at either end of the board situated so you can hold the string in the middle and hang it on your wall.

Hanging a wood pallet shelf

That’s how to build a simple hanging pallet shelf. This is a perfect shelf to use almost anywhere in your home. I would suggest using this shelf as an ornamental shelf though, as the items you put on it should maintain a balanced configuration. In other words, you shouldn’t use this as an everyday shelf where you’ll store things you’ll use daily – it’s more of a shelf where you display curios and bric-a-brac.

Hanging Pallet Wood Shelf DIY Proejct

Scotch-Brite™ Lint Roller for the Workshop

Onto my secret workshop weapon, the Scotch-Brite™ Lint Rollers! They really are a great tool to keep in the workshop; I have several uses for them. I already told you how I use them for a quick clean up, picking up sawdust off my clothes. Here are a couple of other reasons I keep a Scotch-Brite™ Lint Roller in my shop…

Cleaning Up Workshop Tool Bags

The best lint roller for big messes

I have a couple of tool bags with cloth lining, some hold my saws and cordless tools, another holds the tools I need easy access to. Both of them end up being filled with sawdust and other junk – a quick roll with a Scotch-Brite™ 50% Stickier Lint Roller and they’re lookin’ sharp in no time!

50% stickier lint roller for workshop messes

I don’t know which was more surprising to find in the bottom of my tool bag, one of Katie’s hairs or a leaf! Haha! Somehow, Katie’s hair made it into the bottom of my cordless tool bag which is stored under my work bench, in the workshop… At least it’s shaped like a heart <3 awww…

These rollers pick up everything from leaves to chunks of wood, saw dust, paint chips and apparently even hair which makes its way in the deep depths of your workshop! No need to dig out the vacuum cleaner, just fill up the roller with junk then rip it down to the next one. These are the only rollers with Scotch™ adhesive and it tears cleanly guaranteed!

Tool bag cleaned with a lint roller

De-linting paint rollers

Lint roll your paint rollers before painting to remove fibers and hairs

If you paint or stain often, you know that a fresh paint roller can leave little fibers in the finish of your paint. A way to help prevent this from happening is rolling a Scotch-Brite™ Lint Roller up and down the paint roller before you begin painting. This removes some of the loose fibers and minimizes the chance that you’ll get fibers in your finish!

Try the Scotch-Brite™ 50% Stickier Lint Rollers, they’re fantastic for picking up the bigger messes like sawdust and other crud in your workshop, messes from your car, pet fur from your couch and even soft flooring like carpet.

Next time you’re at Walmart, swing into the closet and laundry aisle (where you find the laundry baskets) and pick up a few Scotch-Brite™ Lint Rollers. Scotch-Brite™ Lint Rollers Keeps clothes lint, hair & fuzz free. Not in the closet and laundry aisle? No worries, you can find the lint rollers over in the cleaning aisle and the sewing and notions aisle as well.

Scotch Brite Lint Rollers 50% Stickier

You can find Scotch-Brite™ Lint Rollers in different departments at Walmart, but make sure to check out the new Scotch-Brite™ 50% Stickier Lint Roller twin packs!

Scotch Brite 50% Stickier Lint Rollers at Walmart

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