D.I.Y Honeycomb Shelf

BY ASHLEY OLMEDO

Moving into your own apartment or house (even if it is with 4 other people) is an exciting time in the life of a college student. The only downfall is you’re adulting; which means bills, bills and oh yea, more bills. Home really isn’t home without a few small decorations, so instead of wasting your grocery money for some home décor roll your sleeves up and start crafting. A great place to get ideas from is Pinterest; that’s where I found this little gem. So if you want to know how to make honeycomb/hexagon shelves keep reading!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • One pack of 100 popsicle sticks (Dollar Tree store)
  • Glue (Dollar Tree store)

  • Coffee (Your kitchen)

  • Paper (for outline)

In order to get your perfect honeycomb, you’re going to need to sketch out a hexagon and use that as your base. Once that’s done, you’re going to place three popsicle sticks, each skipping one side of the hexagon. You will then begin your second row of popsicle sticks adding a droplet of glue on both ends in order create a bridge; connecting one side of the popsicle stick to the next. Continue stacking until you have no more popsicle sticks left.  

Once you’re all done you will need to let it dry for about an hour. I placed a large book on top of mine to make sure all the sticks glued well together. After the shelf is nice and dry you’re ready to dye the sticks.

Instead of going out and spending money on wood dye you can create your very own in your kitchen. All you need is coffee grinds and water. I used two teaspoons of my instant coffee and added two teaspoons of water.Depending on how dark you want your dye to be you can adjust your amount of coffee and water as you please. Using more coffee and less water will create a thicker and darker paste and using less coffee and more water will create a lighter-watery dye. You can use a paintbrush to spread your dye but if you’re like me and don’t have a large paint brush you can use a basting brush instead. The key to DIY projects is working with what you have!

Once you’re done dying the sticks let it dry before hanging. Just like that, you made the perfect little shelf.

Until next craft!