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DIY Honeycomb Shelves (From Popsicle Sticks!) Pt. II

Make awesome mid century modern honeycomb shelves for less than $10 using popsicle sticks! These West Elm worthy hexagon shelves add warmth and dimension to any gallery wall and also look great on their own. Click for instructions and free downloadable template. | MakeAndDoCrew.com

Make awesome mid century modern honeycomb shelves for less than $10 using popsicle sticks! These West Elm worthy hexagon shelves add warmth and dimension to any gallery wall and also look great on their own. Click for instructions and free downloadable template. | MakeAndDoCrew.comMy favorite craft projects are those that take something mundane, utilitarian or used up and transform it into something beautiful. Well, my friends, it doesn’t get much more ordinary than popsicle sticks. I’m guessing most of us haven’t given them much thought since about third grade. But that is going to change today with these DIY honeycomb shelves. (PS. This project is an extension of my super easy popsicle stick hexagon shelf!)

Make awesome mid century modern honeycomb shelves for less than $10 using popsicle sticks! These West Elm worthy hexagon shelves add warmth and dimension to any gallery wall and also look great on their own. Click for instructions and free downloadable template. | MakeAndDoCrew.comThere are just certain DIY projects that make me overflow with joy. This is one of them. It’s super affordable–like less than $10 for the entire set of honeycomb shelves. It’s very doable, even for those who don’t sleep with their glue gun next to them at night. And most of all, it just looks freaking awesome and oh so mid-century-modern-Mad-Men-ish up on the wall.

Make awesome mid century modern honeycomb shelves for less than $10 using popsicle sticks! These West Elm worthy hexagon shelves add warmth and dimension to any gallery wall and also look great on their own. Click for instructions and free downloadable template. | MakeAndDoCrew.comDon’t you want an entire wall of these?! Perhaps I’ll make our bedroom into one big wooden honeycomb beehive!

Last week, I explained how to make single hexagon shelves. I love how these add dimension and warmth to the wall. Plus, I can change out what is in the them throughout the year. The three part hexagon shelf is simply an extension of this same idea. To me, the combination of the larger shelf and the two smaller ones looks like a perfect little family on the wall.

Like with the single hexagon shelf, I found that having a template for this larger one also made it easier to get the angles right with very little effort. These larger honeycomb shelves actually benefit from a template even more because there are more angles to manage.

DIY-Honeycomb-Shelves-Popsicle-Sticks-4So I put together a simple template to build the honeycomb shelves on top of and added it to the Make & Do Crew Subscriber’s Vault. Simply subscribe in the pink and green box at the bottom of the post and you’ll get instant access to it (as well as the hexagon shelf template and all our other freebies.)

Honeycomb Shelf Supplies

• popsicle sticks (I used about 200 for the larger honeycomb shelf and about 100 per each hexagon shelf. Hint: buy 1000 from Amazon for $8 like I did so you can honeycomb your whole house!)
• tacky glue • honeycomb shelf template (Optional, but helpful. Enter your email at the bottom of the post for instant access.)
• wood stain (I used Minwax English Chestnut)
• paintbrush
• 2 picture hangers (Optional–I didn’t use them.)

Instructions

1. If you’re using the template, print it, trim it and tape it together.

Make awesome mid century modern honeycomb shelves for less than $10 using popsicle sticks! These West Elm worthy hexagon shelves add warmth and dimension to any gallery wall and also look great on their own. Click for instructions and free downloadable template. | MakeAndDoCrew.com2. Position popsicle sticks as pictured, alternating every other hexagon side. I find it fastest to add a drop of glue to both ends of 3-4 sticks at a time and then lay them in their appropriate position.

3. Add glue to more sticks and use them to make a second layer on top of the first, alternating every other hexagon side.

4. Continue like this until your honeycomb shelf is desired depth. I went about 16 popsicle sticks deep per side.

5. After the glue is dry, use a paintbrush to apply wood stain. Make sure to get stain in between each stick. Let the stain dry.

Make awesome mid century modern honeycomb shelves for less than $10 using popsicle sticks! These West Elm worthy hexagon shelves add warmth and dimension to any gallery wall and also look great on their own. Click for instructions and free downloadable template. | MakeAndDoCrew.com6. If you’d like, glue a picture hanger on the top side of the top hexagon and the top side of the adjacent, side hexagon. I opted to simply hang two nails in the wall for the upper hex side to rest on and one nail as a counterbalance for the adjacent hex.

7. To make a set of friends for your new honeycomb shelf, check out my tutorial for DIY hexagon shelves.

8. Fill your new DIY shelves with your favorite miniature possessions. Less is more.

9. Sit back, admire and let your third grade self revel in the lowly popsicle stick’s full potential finally actualized.

Make awesome mid century modern honeycomb shelves for less than $10 using popsicle sticks! These West Elm worthy hexagon shelves add warmth and dimension to any gallery wall and also look great on their own. Click for instructions and free downloadable template. | MakeAndDoCrew.com
If these honeycomb shelves get you in the mood to deck out your walls even further, check out these DIY wall art ideas:
Coffee Stirrer Wall Art
Easy Button Wall Art
Inspirational Art (With Quotes!)

Or if you just simply love hexagons like I do, you have to check out my knit Beekeeper’s Quilt–the craziest project I’ve ever made (and somehow actually FINISHED!! :))

And if you have 700 popsicle sticks left over because you ordered the 1000 pack from Amazon, like I did, here are a few other popsicle stick projects:

Geometric Heart DIY Wall Art 
Modern Bunny Shelf (perfect for Easter or a nursery!)
Easy Hexagon Shelf
DIY Popsicle Stick Valentines (that double as art!)

This bunny shelf makes a perfect Easter craft idea for Spring or DIY nursery decor to enjoy year round! Make it out of popsicle sticks using the free downloadable template. Click to see the full tutorial. | MakeAndDoCrew.com

Make And Do Crew's confessions of real life
Snazzy blog photos can make it look like some people are doing it all (effortlessly!) while others of us (me!) are barely holding it together. So whenever I can, I like to introduce a little reality check in the form of a very un-Pinterest-worthy detail from my perfectly imperfect real life. My hope is that it’s a helpful reminder all of us that NO ONE is nailing it all the time.

You know that moment when you’re decorating and, finally, you have everything just so?

And then a little hand reaches in…

As a mom of two small children, I am never alone. Not when I cook. Not when I sleep. Not when I pee. And most certainly, not when I photograph honeycomb shelves.

I find the constantness of motherhood to be one of the hardest parts. But on the hard days when I just want to run away to Target and pee next to strangers instead of my family, I remind myself that being a mom also means that I always have a very eager, hands-on photography assistant at the ready.

Make awesome mid century modern honeycomb shelves for less than $10 using popsicle sticks! These hexagon shelfs add warmth and dimension to any gallery wall and also look great on their own. Click for instructions and free downloadable template. | MakeAndDoCrew.com

62 Comments

  • […] After you make this shelf, check out Part II to make an expanded set of DIY honeycomb shelves that would make Don Draper […]

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  • Angie @ Knick of Time
    January 11, 2016 at 8:16 am

    What an awesome project – these look amazing!

    Thanks for sharing them at Talk of the Town – I’m talking about it on Facebook here – https://www.facebook.com/KnickofTime/

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  • Kate
    January 15, 2016 at 8:53 pm

    These look really cool! The only thing is that when I try to get access to the template, it directs me to another image. Is there any other way to access it?

    Thanks!

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    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      January 15, 2016 at 10:27 pm

      Ahhhh, boooo! I’m so sorry, Kate. Thanks for pointing that out to me. I’ve encountered that tech glitch before. It should be working for you now. Just enter your email in the subscribe box at the bottom of the post. You’ll get an email asking you to confirm your subscription and as soon as you do that, you’ll get another email with all The Vault access info. If you have any trouble at all, please let me know. I’m sorry about the inconvenience. I never want technology to stand in the way of crafting!
      j

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      • sharrel
        January 28, 2016 at 2:51 pm

        Will you send a full size template of both hex selves.I have tried 20+ times to print them????

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        • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
          January 30, 2016 at 11:34 am

          Hey Sharrel,

          I’m so sorry you haven’t been able to print them. Did you subscribe and gain access to the password protected area? If you let me know where you’re getting hung up, I’d be happy to help you sort it out. We won’t let a printing snafu get in the way of your crafting!

          j

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          • sharrel
            January 30, 2016 at 1:18 pm

            I did subscribe and I got as far as the password. I did not make up a password, so I did not know what to enter.

          • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
            January 30, 2016 at 1:21 pm

            Okay great. The password is in the welcome email you received. (It’s the same for everyone. It’s also case sensitive, so type it just like you see it.)

            Let me know if you run into any hiccups. Happy shelf building!

            Jess

          • sharrel
            January 30, 2016 at 3:33 pm

            I got it. Thank you

          • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
            January 31, 2016 at 8:21 am

            Great, Sharrel! I add patterns and templates often and now you’ll have access to all of them 🙂 I hope you enjoy the shelves!

            j

      • Lori Sall
        January 30, 2017 at 9:56 am

        I cannot print the templates for these either. It says that I need to download the PDF app and I do this and nothing, the templates aren’t there. I want to make the bunny and the shelves.

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        • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
          February 20, 2017 at 3:47 pm

          Hey Lori,

          You shouldn’t have to download any apps. You might have accidentally clicked on an ad that is about a “PDF installer.” (My ad company doesn’t allow these ads because of how deceptive they are, but sometimes some spammy companies sneak them through. I’m so sorry if that was the case.)

          Once you’re in the Vault, you should be able to just click the “template” or “pattern” link below the photo of the project and the pdf will open in a new window for you to print or download it.

          Hope that helps!

          Jess

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      • Ina
        February 15, 2017 at 9:35 am

        Hi Jess, I’m Ina from Germany and I Need your help, please. Mann thanks in advance. I trief to get the template, but I’not receiving the Email. I would love to work it out. Kind regards from Berlin.

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        • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
          February 18, 2017 at 10:22 pm

          Hello from CO, USA! You should have received an email from me right after you subscribed. Perhaps check your spam or junk folders. If you still don’t see it, you can just enter your email address again and you won’t receive duplicate emails from me in the future.

          Hope that helps!
          Jess

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  • DeBorah Beatty
    January 18, 2016 at 9:52 am

    How stable are these off the wall? And what kind of glue did you use, please. My mind is in a frenzy with what I can do with these as a display for my talisman dolls.

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    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      January 18, 2016 at 10:51 am

      Ha, DeBorah, I completely understand the “frenzy” you speak of. My mind is often in the same state when I see a new idea. I’m so happy these shelves have inspired you. I think they’re actually fairly stable, assuming that no one is touching them much. It helps that they lie flat against the wall. And if you wanted extra stability, you could attach a toothed picture hanger to the back, which I didn’t do here. (Even so, that gold rhino is pretty stable up on his high perch 🙂

      I used tacky glue for my shelves.

      I’d love to see a photo if you decide to make these! Happy crafting!
      j

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      • DeBorah Beatty
        January 18, 2016 at 2:35 pm

        Will do! I was thinking if they’re flimsy, to add a back. I want them to sit on a table or shelf in addition to hanging.

        Thanks for the quick response.

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        • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
          January 18, 2016 at 10:46 pm

          Hey DeBorah–I haven’t found them to be flimsy at all. Apparently popsicle sticks make for pretty good building materials! They sit pretty well on a flat surface too, especially if you can get the sticks lined up well. (The template helps with that.)

          Enjoy!

          j

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  • peggy mcclelland
    January 18, 2016 at 4:17 pm

    I really want to make this but I can’t get the template please tell me what to do. It keeps asking me for a password but all it let’s me do is my name and email. I don’t know what to do. [email protected]
    Peggy mcclelland

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    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      January 18, 2016 at 10:53 pm

      Hey Peggy!

      I’m sorry you’re having trouble. Once you enter your name and email in any of the subscription boxes on the site, you should get a confirmation email (check your spam or promotions folders). Just click the link in that email to confirm that you did indeed intend to subscribe. You’ll then immediately receive an email with the password to access The Vault where the template (and lots of other freebies) is located. Any questions, please just let me know. I’m here to help!

      Thanks for reading Make & Do Crew!

      j

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  • […] a thaang for popsicle sticks. (If you do too, check out how to make a Hexagon Shelf and a set of Honeycomb Shelves with these little wooden […]

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  • DIY Double-Sided Photography Background
    January 28, 2016 at 8:23 am

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  • Amanda Flint
    February 17, 2016 at 6:07 pm

    I would put the big one in the middle and span the little ones out from it, making the sides only like 2 inches apart! These are amazing! Thanks for the tutorial!

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    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      February 17, 2016 at 9:12 pm

      Hey Amanda,

      That could be really cool! I love that you can change the look of them based on how closely you hang them to each other. I’d really love to make an entire wall of them. Hope you enjoy yours!

      Happy shelf-making.

      j

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  • Nikole Fuqua
    February 24, 2016 at 11:54 am

    This is super adorable! I’ve been super obsessed with gold and copper paint lately and I think this project would look great with those colors!

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    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      February 24, 2016 at 3:59 pm

      Yes! Me too, Nikole! I actually just painted some shelf stands copper and I love them. Send me a pic (or tag me on Instagram @makeanddocrew). I’d love to see where you take them.

      Happy crafting!
      jess

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  • Amy
    February 26, 2016 at 9:10 pm

    Question: Would Gorilla Wood Glue work for these?

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    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      February 28, 2016 at 2:39 pm

      Hey Amy,

      Totally! I think it would work great. I’ve actually made this with regular old school glue too and it worked fine. I think that because you’re gluing so many little surfaces, it’s actually really pretty strong by the end. Let me know if you have any other questions!

      Happy shelf-making!

      jess

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  • alison
    March 17, 2016 at 12:11 pm

    Hi – I’ve subscribed and am trying to access the vault for both shelf templates, but when I go to it it asks me for my password? I’m not sure how to get in

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    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      March 22, 2016 at 9:01 pm

      Hey Alison,

      Thanks so much for reading Make and Do Crew! I’ll walk you through the steps to get your templates.

      When you subscribed, you should have received an email asking you to confirm your subscription. Once you click that, you’ll receive another email that gives you the password to enter the Make & Do Crew Vault. (It’s the same password for everyone.) 

      Have you gotten that yet? If not, just check your spam folder for the confirmation email or do a search within your email for “Make and Do Crew.” 
      Let me know if this works for you. I’m here to help if not.
      Happy crafting!
      Jess

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  • Kellie
    March 19, 2016 at 4:43 pm

    How did you hang these? Is there a way to hang them without putting holes in my wall?

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  • Kellie
    March 22, 2016 at 6:58 pm

    Is there a way to hang these without putting holes in the wall?

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    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      March 22, 2016 at 8:57 pm

      Hey Kellie,

      That’s a great question. I think in order to avoid holes in the wall, you might need some of those plastic hooks that attach to the wall with a bit of gummy, sticky stuff. That’s the only option I can think of. The shelves are really pretty light though, so you might be able to get them to hang on a couple of thumbtacks if you’re willing to put itsy bitsy holes in your wall.

      Let me know if you find a good solution. I’d love to find a way around beating up my walls every time I come up with a new art project.

      Jess

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  • Dipti
    March 28, 2016 at 1:29 am

    How amazing and unique is this!! This is definitely one of the best DIYs for home decor I have seen yet. And the way it finally turns out to be is also so pretty. Totally sharing this one on all our social media platforms. Great job.
    Cheers.

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    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      March 29, 2016 at 4:02 pm

      Gosh, what a nice compliment, Dipti. These shelves really make me happy every time I see them hanging on the wall, so I’m so glad you can appreciate them too. And thank you so much for sharing the tutorial. I appreciate YOU for that!

      Happy crafting!

      Jess

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  • Sheila
    March 29, 2016 at 11:44 am

    About how long did it take for you to make the shelf, including glue dry time? I want to do this as a project for my church’s moms group but am worried the glue may take too long to dry and not leave enough time for staining.

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    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      March 29, 2016 at 4:00 pm

      Hey Sheila,

      That sounds so fun! Crafting with other women is so satisfying and rewarding, isn’t it? I would say you can build the shelf in less than an hour. I think the drying time will depend on what glue you use, but I’ve actually used regular old Elmer’s school glue before and it dried quite quickly. (Like the bottom of the shelf was totally dry by the time I was building the top.) Perhaps you want to try a sample one with the glue you plan to use and get a good estimate of total time required, but I’d guess the entire thing could be accomplished in around 1.5 hours.

      I’d love to see a photo if you end up doing this project. Happy crafting!

      Jess

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  • Apple
    April 26, 2016 at 3:50 pm

    Hey there!

    I’m trying to tape together the three hexagons, but they don’t line up exactly. Parts of them line up, but then the other lines don’t match.

    When I printed them, I unchecked “fit to page”. Do you think that may have made a difference?

    Thanks!

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    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      April 26, 2016 at 11:09 pm

      Hey there, Apple. I’m sorry you’re having trouble taping them together. That sounds kinda annoying 🙂 I’ve taken a stab at making the template a little clearer and I’m hoping you can be my tester. I just emailed it to you. Would you mind letting me know if it’s easier to figure out now? And, I would def keep “fit to page” unchecked since you want the template to print full size so that it’s the exact size as the popsicle sticks. It’ll just be easier that way.

      Thanks for your feedback!

      jess

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  • Eve
    May 4, 2016 at 2:12 pm

    About how long does it take for the glue to dry before you can start staining?

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    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      May 5, 2016 at 3:21 pm

      Hey Eve,

      It depends on what type of glue you use. I’ve noticed that tacky glue dries a little quicker than something like regular Elmer’s glue. I’d say that you could safely stain your hex shelf about 45 minutes after you finish the last row. You’ll notice as you’re building it that the bottom layers will be basically dry before you reach the top.

      Please let me know if you have any other questions! Happy hexagon-ing!

      Jess

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  • Lauren
    May 7, 2016 at 11:53 am

    Can you stain the popsicle sticks first and then glue them? I’m afraid the stainer will get drippy and/or seems difficult to stain in between each one. I think i would like to stain them first but will the glue stick?

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    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      May 8, 2016 at 11:15 pm

      Hey Lauren,

      You could definitely stain the sticks first, it will be just a little more time consuming than if you do it once they’re all glued together. (Particularly because you might want to let one side dry before staining the other.) If you’re worried about drips, maybe just try a very small amount of stain to begin with. The whole process is very forgiving once the sticks are glued together because you can’t really see well in between the sticks. Most “mistakes” will just be hidden anyhow 🙂

      Happy shelf making!

      Jess

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  • Brenda
    May 10, 2016 at 3:47 am

    Thank you for this 🙂 exactly what I was looking for!

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  • Marsha
    May 13, 2016 at 1:05 pm

    How do I download the template. I’ve tried using the link sent to my email but it keeps directing me to another page. I love this design, would love to make it.

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    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      May 17, 2016 at 9:18 pm

      Hey Marsha,

      The link in your email sends you to the Subscriber’s Vault. Just enter the password that I sent you in that same email and you’ll get access to the Vault where the template is located. (There’s a bunch of other exclusive patterns and templates in there as well.) Let me know if you have any trouble!

      Happy crafting!

      Jess

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  • Tracy
    May 14, 2016 at 11:55 am

    Hi! I badly wanna do this but I can’t seem to access the templates of both honeycomb designs. But I already did subscribe but I still can’t get the template. Can you please help me and send me the template? Thanks. Xx T

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    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      May 14, 2016 at 1:46 pm

      Hey Tracy!

      I’m sorry you’re having trouble! When you subscribed, you should have immediatly gotten an email with the link to the Vault and the password for it. Did you receive that? If not, check your spam or promotions folder. If you can’t find that email, perhaps try subscribing again. Let me know if that doesn’t work for you and I’d be happy to help you further. I don’t want anything to stand in the way of your shelf making! 🙂

      Jess

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  • toosweetloni
    July 15, 2016 at 7:11 pm

    The projects look nice, but this website is really inconsistent. I can’t not even get access to the templates after multiple times of trying.

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    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      July 30, 2016 at 2:23 pm

      I’m sorry to hear that. If you’d like to tell me where you’re running into trouble, I’m happy to troubleshoot with you. Please email me at jess (at) makeanddocrew (dot) com.

      Jess

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  • Nicole
    January 9, 2017 at 7:17 am

    Hi! I loved your honeycomb and have already ordered popsicle sticks!
    However, I’ve printed the template and it looks a bit small. The hexagon template shows a hexagon of approximately 20 cm. Is this right?

    Thanks again!

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    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      January 9, 2017 at 12:08 pm

      Hmm. Perhaps that’s about right. Each of the sides are about 4.5″ long (around 11 cm) so I guess the shelf might be about 20 cm tall? Does that makes sense?

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  • Alex
    March 13, 2017 at 8:29 am

    I would like the template !

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    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      March 14, 2017 at 2:54 pm

      Hey Alex,

      If you subscribe in the box above, you’ll receive an email with download instructions!

      🙂 Jess

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  • Morgan
    March 21, 2017 at 4:24 pm

    I love that you offer the templates, but what size where your sticks? I can’t seem to line up any of them with my sticks that are 4 1/2in x 3/8 in. I’m making the single & honeycomb shelve.

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    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      March 24, 2017 at 4:54 pm

      Hey Morgan,

      That’s the size I used too, so you’re on the right track! 🙂 The outer edge of each stick should basically line up with the border of the template.

      Hope that helps!

      Jess

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  • Pooja
    March 27, 2017 at 12:21 am

    Hi Dear,

    i have made this but i am not able to hang it on my wall how i will hang this on wall can you please suggest me.

    Thanks
    Pooja

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  • Debbie
    October 27, 2017 at 8:35 am

    Really into octagonal right now and trying to visualize a gallery wall that includes pics, art, quotes…and now your cool little popsicle shelves. Any advise or inspiration would be great. Thanks for this great idea!

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  • celine
    December 5, 2017 at 7:18 am

    Bonjour je souhaiterais recevoir le gabarit de l’étagère en nid d’abeille SVP!

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  • Jamie
    December 11, 2017 at 12:45 am

    Hi there!

    Thanks for sharing this awesome project!
    I’d love to find out how thick the posicle sticks are that you used for both this project and the hexagon posicle project? And are the lengths of the popsicle sticks a standard size?

    Thank you so much:)

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    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      December 11, 2017 at 9:58 pm

      Hey Jamie,

      I used very standard popsicle sticks, the same kind you can find at any craft store, Target, etc. 🙂

      Happy shelf making!

      Jess

      Reply

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