These darling mountain shelves would be a great decoration for a child’s bedroom. They come together quickly and the inside woodland animals and trees were made using my Cricut Explore Air 2 Print Then Cut option.
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I was so excited to make these little shelves. I have had the idea for them in mind for a little while and when the opportunity came up to make a centerpiece with the theme of “Mountains” for the Cricut Mountain Make-a-thon, I jumped on it. These are really pretty simple to make if you have access to the right tools. They are also cheap! I used two fence pieces from Home Depot that were $1.93 each, some poster board for the paper details that was $1 and the stain and wood disks I already had. I made three different size shelves, 12, 8 and 6 inches.
Once I finished the shelves I knew I wanted something for the inside. The cutest little woodland 3D animals and trees are already made for you and available for free with Cricut Access. Using the print and cut feature, I printed the animals on my printed and then my Cricut Explore Air 2 cut them out for me. They add the most darling details to the shelves. I love my Cricut!
2 cedar fence slats (sanded)
Miniwax stain in dark walnut
1 poster board- gold (I found mine at Hobby Lobby)
1 poster board- white
Staple gun and staples
Using a miter saw, set your bevel (head tilt) to 30 degrees.
Cut out three 12 inch pieces with miter cuts on each end with the miters facing in towards in other.
Cut out three 8 inch pieces with miter cuts on each end with the miters facing in towards in other.
Cut out three 6 inch pieces with miter cuts on each end with the miters facing in towards in other.
Assemble the shelves using wood glue and the staples and staple gun. Glue the edge, press the corners together and then staple to secure.
Once the shelves are assembled sand them again and then stain the outside and edges with the dark walnut stain. I left the inside of mine unstained.
For the mountain snow, trace the shelves on the white poster board and then cut them out with a free handed jagged edge side. Repeat with the gold poster board and glue to the shelves.
Have you ever used the Cricut Print Then Cut feature? It’s super simple and it’s fun to be able to cut out images you’ve printed perfectly!
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Open Cricut Design Space. Click on Insert Images. In the search bar in the top right corner select Cartridges and then type in “Woodland”. The Woodland animals cartridge will come up. You can pick and choose which animals and trees or bushes you want to use.
After you have inserted your images, you will need to change the size to fit your shelves. I made my animals about an inch tall and trees about 3-4 inches. Choose what size you like best and will fit in your shelves. You will know that your image is meant to be printed because the little round circle on the Layers menu will have a printer in it.
Select “Make It” in the top corner. Your preview will come up and a black box will appear around your image. This is what the machine reads to cut out the images. The maximum print size for Print Then Cut is 9.25″ x 6.75″ for all browsers. The program will prompt you to print your image on your printer.
After you have printed your image, put it on your light grip Cricut mat and load into your Cricut machine. The machine will read the guides and cut out the animals and trees perfectly! (Please note the image below has the old guides instead of the black box around my image. These shelves were made before they did an update to the Print Then Cut feature.)
See how perfectly my printed images were cut? Weed the excess paper and then carefully remove the animal and tree pieces and glue them together to form the 3D animals.
Hot glue each piece to a wood slice.
Arrange in your shelves and hot glue in place if desired. And that’s it you are done!