DIY Shelf Display Cases

Turn simple wood boxes into useful, decorative display cubbies. What’s the M.O.? Paint and patterned paper. 

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Yunghee Kim 

Turn simple wood boxes into decorative cubbies.


Wood boxes or crates, various sizes

Latex paint; brush

Decorative paper

Rotary cutter or scissors

Spray adhesive

Hardware for hanging: nails, D-ring hooks, sawtooth picture hangers or eyes and picture wire.

How To 

For a finished look, paint plain boxes or crates inside and out. Set aside to dry. Repeat with a second coat, if needed.

Decorate interior of cubbies, if desired, with patterned paper. Cut pieces of paper to fit.

Working with one piece of paper at a time, apply adhesive to blank side and press onto inside of box, starting at the back and finishing with the four sides. Or you can paper the inside back of the box only.

Lightly mark the wall with pencil where you want cubbies mounted. Once nails are in place, be sure to clean the wall of marks and any scuffs.

Use hardware appropriate for the weight of the finished boxes and display items. Attach hangers to each box or crate following package instructions.

We used: Hobby Lobby Wooden Crates, for stores. Benjamin Moore Guilford Green (HC-116) paint for box exteriors, for stores. Cost Plus World Market blue bird floral paper, available at Cost Plus World Market stores. Paper Source green geometric paper,