As most of you know, I am quite the essential oil junkie. You probably also know, if you follow my blog, that I love organization. My life isn’t complete without it! I need a place for everything and everything in its place.
When I first started using essential oils, I didn’t think my collection would get very big. So, I ran to the dollar store and found these cute little baskets to hold my oils. They fit perfectly into an unused corner on my kitchen cabinets, which kept them out of reach of my kids. A win-win!
My Essential Oil Organization System
As my collection grew, though, I found myself spending more and more time digging through the baskets looking for a specific oil. It just wasn’t a good system anymore. I needed a place to spread out my stash and see everything easily.
I started scouring Pinterest and decided I really wanted a wall shelf. Since DIYing is so fun for me, and is a topic I like to include on the blog when I can, I decided it would be fun to make our own! Full disclosure: This shelf was a total team effort with my husband, so this tutorial has been written with a lot of feedback from him!
My shelf actually started out as a discarded pallet wood sign.
I made this sign when we first moved in, but I was no longer using it. When it came time to make an essential oil shelf, I knew it would be the perfect base! I painted it, added some shelves, and put a cute saying on the front. So easy! But, for those of you that don’t actually keep pallet wood signs laying around in your garage, I’ll walk you through the entire process.
How to Make an Essential Oil Shelf
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- Pallet wood (or 1×4’s)
- 1×2 wood, cut the width of your backing
- 2 1×4 pieces, the height of your backing less 2″
- 1.25″ Wood Screws
- Drill – We have this one.
- 2 Drywall anchors
- Paint or stain
- Picture hanging kit
- Silhouette Cameo 3 (optional)
- Coordinating paint (optional)
1. Assemble backing.
Since my shelf had a previous life as a wood sign, I was able to skip this part, but if you’re starting from scratch, you’ll need to assemble the shelf backing first!
Go ahead and lay out your pieces the way you want them. If you’re using pallet wood, make sure you put the prettiest side down, because that’ll be the front.
Once you’ve got your boards the way you want them, you’ll screw 1 1×4 piece of wood vertically on both ends of the wood to connect all of your boards.
2. Paint your pieces.
Before you add your shelves, you’ll want to get everything painted. It’s easier this way, because you won’t have to get into all of the nooks and crannies with your paint brush. So grab your backing and your 1×2 strips and start painting!
3. Attach your shelves.
Once your paint is dry, it’s time to attach your shelves. We measured where we wanted the shelves to go so they would be evenly spaced and then screwed them in from the back of the shelf with 1.25″ wood screws. I chose to cut my shelves slightly more narrow than the backing, but that’s optional.
4. Add shelf hanging wire to the back.
This shelf is pretty heavy, so we opted for a picture hanging kit like this one that supports up to 50 lbs. This kit uses wire and hooks to evenly distribute the weight across the entire shelf.
Once that was in place, we attached the shelf to the wall with 2 drywall anchors.
5. Time for finishing touches.
Now, you could just leave your essential oil shelf like this. In fact, I did for a few weeks. It looks nice and it’s totally functional. If you want to add a little personality, though, it’s time to add a fun saying or graphic! I made mine using a vinyl stencil I created with my Silhouette Cameo 3. You can grab the file for that graphic right here!
The application process for this was pretty simple. I cut my vinyl exactly as I would if I wanted to use the letters on something, but instead, I weeded out the letters and used the outside as a stencil.
- Adhere your stencil where you want your saying to go.
- Carefully paint over your stencil.
- Pull up stencil carefully after about 5-10 minutes.
- Wait for paint to dry.
I got my full tutorial for this stencil method thanks to Abby, at Just a Girl and Her Blog. You can see her full step-by-step tutorial for this right here! And please note: When she says to not let the paint dry fully, she means it. My first attempt ended with all of my paint peeling up and becomming a sticky mess.
You’ve Now Made Your Own Essential Oil Shelf!
Ta-Da! I’m not normally a wood DIYer, so I hope I gave you an adequate tutorial for making your own shelf! Once everything is dry and hung safely on your wall, it’s time to organize all of your beautiful essential oils! I had so much fun putting mine in rainbow (and size) order. My kids still walk by and admire it every day. Everyone that comes over takes a minute to look at it, and it usually leads to some pretty fun conversations about essential oils!