How to Make a TV Top Shelf from Paint Sticks

Check out our DIY TV top shelf made from paint sticks. This shelf sits on the top of your TV or monitor and can hold lightweight items!

Check out this DIY TV top shelf made we from paint sticks. What’s a TV top shelf you ask? Its a small shelf that lays on the top of your tv (or monitor) and can hold items such as a small size modem or even photographs etc. Its not for super heavy things and I use mine for decor on my monitor. We did a similar post showing how to make a mini Monitor Top Shelf. This is a fun tiny “shelf” that I keep mini figurines on.

Decorate Your Office with a Mini Paint Stick DIY Monitor Top ShelfIf you're looking for unique office decor we're going to show you how to make a TV top shelf from paint sticks to hold inspirational and fun goodies!

If you’ve looked through my home makeover posts you’ll quickly see I’ve always leaned towards the unique and fun in my decorating etc. (If not, check out my Home Office Makeover and you’ll understand.) I don’t care how old you are… do what brings you joy and creative an environment that feels magical to you! I’ve always kept small tiny figurines on the top of my monitor. I’d stick them on with thick double-sided tape but they would still fall off sometimes, so I decided to make a larger platform or shelf for them. Looking for more office ideas? Check out this post below!

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You can buy these on Amazon for fairly cheap. Definitely quicker but not near as fun. Ü12 Inch Adjustable Screen Top Shelf Organizer for TV or MonitorCheck out our DIY TV top shelf made from paint sticks. This shelf sits on the top of your TV or monitor and can hold lightweight items!

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Check out our DIY TV top shelf made from paint sticks. This shelf sits on the top of your TV or monitor and can hold lightweight items!

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Not shown: dowelCheck out our DIY TV top shelf made from paint sticks. This shelf sits on the top of your TV or monitor and can hold lightweight items!

You can use good quality paint sticks. Check out our DIY TV top shelf made from paint sticks. This shelf sits on the top of your TV or monitor and can hold lightweight items!

Line up paint sticks, making sure they are straight and flat. NOTE: You can cut the sticks off before gluing. You will cut off just before the place where they dip in before gluing.

Check out our DIY TV top shelf made from paint sticks. This shelf sits on the top of your TV or monitor and can hold lightweight items!

Run a line of glue along the side of each paint stick.Check out our DIY TV top shelf made from paint sticks. This shelf sits on the top of your TV or monitor and can hold lightweight items!

Press sticks together.Check out our DIY TV top shelf made from paint sticks. This shelf sits on the top of your TV or monitor and can hold lightweight items!

You need to hold the glued sticks in place while they dry. You can use heavy items as shown below to push them together while drying. Check out our DIY TV top shelf made from paint sticks. This shelf sits on the top of your TV or monitor and can hold lightweight items!

You can use clamps to hold them if you have a set. Place something heavy on top.Check out our DIY TV top shelf made from paint sticks. This shelf sits on the top of your TV or monitor and can hold lightweight items!

We decided to cut two tongue depressors to glue underneath the shelf as an added brace.Check out our DIY TV top shelf made from paint sticks. This shelf sits on the top of your TV or monitor and can hold lightweight items!

Glue brace pieces in place.Check out our DIY TV top shelf made from paint sticks. This shelf sits on the top of your TV or monitor and can hold lightweight items!

You can also place a lip on the front of the shelf to help it hold onto the TV. We cut one of the paint sticks to make the lip. You can also use trimmed popsicle sticks.  Check out our DIY TV top shelf made from paint sticks. This shelf sits on the top of your TV or monitor and can hold lightweight items!

Drill a small seed hole into the end of each tongue depressor set.Check out our DIY TV top shelf made from paint sticks. This shelf sits on the top of your TV or monitor and can hold lightweight items!

TIP: We glued ours after drilling. It would have been much easier to drill it after gluing.Check out our DIY TV top shelf made from paint sticks. This shelf sits on the top of your TV or monitor and can hold lightweight items!

Measure and cut a dowl to fit the back ledge of the shelf. This needs to be a large enough dowl to be able to place a small screw into.Check out our DIY TV top shelf made from paint sticks. This shelf sits on the top of your TV or monitor and can hold lightweight items!

Drill a small starter hole in each end of the dowel.Check out our DIY TV top shelf made from paint sticks. This shelf sits on the top of your TV or monitor and can hold lightweight items!

Glue the drilled dowl onto the back underneath the edge of the shelf.Check out our DIY TV top shelf made from paint sticks. This shelf sits on the top of your TV or monitor and can hold lightweight items!

Check out our DIY TV top shelf made from paint sticks. This shelf sits on the top of your TV or monitor and can hold lightweight items!

NOTE: This is the WRONG type of screw. (See picture under supplies) We realized that the screw needs to be flat on the underneath side so we replaced it. Screw in your legs on each side of dowl.Check out our DIY TV top shelf made from paint sticks. This shelf sits on the top of your TV or monitor and can hold lightweight items!

Tighten lightly. You will have to set your shelf on your TV or monitor to see where each leg needs to be adjusted.Check out our DIY TV top shelf made from paint sticks. This shelf sits on the top of your TV or monitor and can hold lightweight items!

Finished shelf.Check out our DIY TV top shelf made from paint sticks. This shelf sits on the top of your TV or monitor and can hold lightweight items!

Check out our DIY TV top shelf made from paint sticks. This shelf sits on the top of your TV or monitor and can hold lightweight items!

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Check out our DIY TV top shelf made from paint sticks. This shelf sits on the top of your TV or monitor and can hold lightweight items! Check out our DIY TV top shelf made from paint sticks. This shelf sits on the top of your TV or monitor and can hold lightweight items!

We’ve included some 3×2 printables to add to your shelf if desired.Check out our DIY TV top shelf made from paint sticks. This shelf sits on the top of your TV or monitor and can hold lightweight items!

Check out our DIY TV top shelf made from paint sticks. This shelf sits on the top of your TV or monitor and can hold lightweight items!

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Check out our DIY TV top shelf made from paint sticks. This shelf sits on the top of your TV or monitor and can hold lightweight items!

2 Comments

    1. Angelique McCullers June

      This is really great. I have been looking for some kind of kitchen tv shelf storage for a remote that all to often seems to get lost. This will be perfect especially being able to adjust the size to meet my needs. Thanks.

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