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Ribbon-Bracket Shelves

Source: Martha Stewart Living, November 2005


  • 1-inch-wide grosgrain ribbon

  • Screw gun

  • 1-by-6-inch painted plywood shelf 

  • Staple gun


  1. Bring the ends of a 1-inch-wide grosgrain ribbon together (ours was 36 inches long); fold ends over twice. Attach folded ends to wall with a screw gun.

  2. Slip a 1-by-6-inch painted plywood shelf into ribbon loop, so ribbon is at least 3 inches in from shelf end. Have someone hold that end, then slide other end into a second ribbon loop; use a level to ensure shelf is straight, then affix second ribbon to wall. Adjust shelf inside ribbons.

  3. Secure ribbons under shelf with a staple gun. Use shelves for lightweight objects.

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