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Hanging Round Shelf

Suspend plants, collectibles, or your favorite display pieces from this shelf that hangs from a ceiling hook.

Hanging round shelf

Project Overview

Skill Level


Estimated Time

1 day

Estimated Cost


Tools & Materials


  • Drill and 1/4-in bit
  • Tape measure
  • Pliers or adjustable wrench
  • Utility knife or scissors
  • 120-grit and 180-grit sandpaper


  • 18-in pine round, #1016
  • 1/4-in x 100-ft rope, #349212
  • 3 - 1/4-in x 4-in eyebolts
  • 3 - 1/4-in nylon-insert lock nuts
  • Valspar Signature paint, Ultra White (#7006-24) and Indigo Cloth (#4009-7)

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Step 1

Mark hole locations on a pine round

To mark three hole locations at equal distances around the pine round, mark a spot 1 inch from the edge anywhere on the surface. Cut a piece of string 13-1/2 inches long and place one end on the mark. Stretch the string so that the other end is 1 inch from the edge of the round and then mark that location. Repeat for the third mark.

Step 2

Press the pine round on a piece of scrap wood and drill a 1/4-inch hole at one of the marks. Repeat for the other two marks.

Step 3

Sand the pine round smooth and wipe it clean. Apply two coats of paint to the entire round (Ultra White shown). If you want an accent color around the edges, mark off the top and bottom with tape, working carefully and crimping the tape in a curve as you go. Then apply two coats of an accent color (Indigo Cloth shown). Remove the tape after the final coat.

Step 4

Place an eyebolt through one of the holes and thread a lock nut underneath, turning it halfway up the bolt. Repeat for the other two eyebolts.

Step 5

Determine where you want the shelf and install a ceiling hanger there. (Add a drywall anchor, if necessary.) Then cut three pieces of rope about 1 foot longer than the distance you want the shelf from the ceiling. Thread one end through an eyebolt and tie a simple overhand bow knot. On the other end, tie a bowline knot with a small loop. Trim off any surplus rope. Repeat for the other two ropes, adjust the knots so the shelf hangs level, and place the bowline loops on the ceiling hanger.