Vintage Garden Shelf

By  Mary Ayres 

size: 24"x7"

  • Vintage Garden Shelf


  • Wooden items: Demis Products Memory Frame (available at Michaels), 6-1/2”x19-1/2”; Walnut Hollow mini carved corbels, two; board, 1/2”x3”x24”; knobs, four
  • Brown burlap
  • Vintage garden images, 2-1/2”x3-1/4”, four
  • Black paper (to fit frame opening)
  • Nails, 1”, two
  • Eye screws, two


  • Sewing machine and black thread
  • Hammer, electric drill and bit
  • DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paints: Celery Green, Lamp Black, Leaf Green
  • Brown ink pad
  • DecoArt Weathered Wood Crackling Medium
  • API Crafter’s Pick The Ultimate! Glue

Basic Supplies

  • scissors, paintbrush, sponge scrap, ruler, newspaper (to cover work surface)
  • 1. Remove backing from frame opening. To assemble shelf, adhere corbels to top front sides of frame, and board across top of frame and corbels, aligning back edges of board and frame. Let dry. Hammer nails into top of frame behind corbels to secure shelf to frame.
  • 2. Paint shelf Lamp Black; let dry. Brush one coat of crackling medium on top of Lamp Black; let dry. Brush one coat of Celery Green on crackling medium. (Note: Cracks will appear as paint dries.) Drybrush surface and edges of shelf Leaf Green.
  • 3. Cut burlap to same size as frame opening; adhere to black paper. Use small piece of dry sponge to antique edges of vintage images with brown ink. Adhere vintage images, evenly spaced, at angles across burlap. (Note: Place burlap in frame first to check placement before adhering, because top and side edges are covered by frame.) Sew zigzag stitch around edges of images. Sew straight stitch vertically between images. Place burlap in frame opening.
  • 4. Drill holes in bottom front of frame centered under vintage images. (Note: Holes should be slightly larger than bolts that come with knobs, or approximately 3/16".) Attach knobs to frame through holes.
  • 5. To hang shelf, insert eye screws into top back of frame at sides. Hammer nails on wall same distance as length between eye screws.
  • Tip
  • 1. Check out your local flea market or secondhand store for shelves to repurpose.