Making a Honeycomb Shadow Shelf

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August 5, 2018

Honeycomb Shadow Shelf - shelf on wall with two items displayedI made this mini shelf out of popsicle sticks with the intent to display mini figurines sent to me by my Japanese pen pal. When placed next to a window or lamp, it casts wonderful dimensional shadows, really showing off what's on display. This is a great craft for all ages.


I used wood glue because some of my figurines are a bit heavy. Other glues on the stronger side can be used.

Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: 1 shelf


  • 36 Popsicle sticks
  • wood glue
  • thumbtacks or nails for hanging
Honeycomb Shadow Shelf - supplies


  1. Lay out 6 Popsicle sticks in a hexagon, making sure all angles are even; one on top, one on bottom, and so on.
  2. Honeycomb Shadow Shelf - lay out 6 sticks in a hexagon shape as shown
  3. Without moving the angles, lift the sticks that are on top and add a dot of glue on the ends of the sticks on the bottom, then reattach the top sticks.
  4. Honeycomb Shadow Shelf - without moving angles, lift top stick and apply dots of glue to the ends of the bottom stick
  5. Press the ends firmly onto each other and allow to dry.
  6. Honeycomb Shadow Shelf - press the ends together firmly and allow to dry

  7. Now add a dot of glue to the ends of each stick on top.
  8. Honeycomb Shadow Shelf - add dots of glue to the ends of each stick
  9. Glue the sticks on staggered so they leave a space between them. This will help capture light and cast the shadows.
  10. Honeycomb Shadow Shelf - staggered glue on the sticks
  11. Use some tacks right under the top ledge to hang it on the wall. Add anything you'd like to display, and the light shine through!
  12. Honeycomb Shadow Shelf - hang and add figurines or whatever
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