BOHO style floating shelf makeover

DIY boho shelf decals using your Cricut. How to makeover outdated floating cub shelves for a boho inspired bedroom. Feather, arrow, and geometric shapes for bohemian style home decor.

My four daughters and I were shopping around Big Lots a couple months back and found these floating cube shelves on clearance. Even though the colors were all wrong for the older girl’s BOHO themed room we snagged the shelves up anyway.

I knew it would just take a few coats of white paint and vinyl to doctor these guys up.

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Here’s what I used to makeover these floating cube shelves

DIY boho shelf decals using your Cricut. How to makeover outdated floating cub shelves for a boho inspired bedroom. Feather, arrow, and geometric shapes for bohemian style home decor.

Here’s what the shelves looked like when I brought them home from the store. You can see on the packaging they had been black, red, and light blue. These colors don’t really scream boho lol!

DIY boho shelf decals using your Cricut. How to makeover outdated floating cub shelves for a boho inspired bedroom. Feather, arrow, and geometric shapes for bohemian style home decor.

1. PAINT

The first thing I did was paint over the old shelf colors. These colors were just too dark for my girl’s boho themed bedroom. It took several coats of paint to fully cover these shelves AND honestly one of the shelves could have used another coat of paint yet but I was tired of painting lol.

DIY boho shelf decals using your Cricut. How to makeover outdated floating cub shelves for a boho inspired bedroom. Feather, arrow, and geometric shapes for bohemian style home decor.

Be sure you let the paint dry completely between coats.

2. DESIGN

I chose to use some images in Cricut Design Space. I searched ‘BOHO’ in the image section and it popped up with several boho themed images to use. My girls liked the feathers and arrows the best so they chose a few different variations and I resized and welded them together.

DIY boho shelf decals using your Cricut. How to makeover outdated floating cub shelves for a boho inspired bedroom. Feather, arrow, and geometric shapes for bohemian style home decor.

For the pattern I searched ‘GEOMETRIC PATTERN’. A ton of options pulled up and the girls liked this diamond, dashed line, X one the best.

DIY boho shelf decals using your Cricut. How to makeover outdated floating cub shelves for a boho inspired bedroom. Feather, arrow, and geometric shapes for bohemian style home decor.

Before I went on to the next step I measured out my shelves and sized my decals down so they would fit the different ones I was going to place them on.

3. CUT OUT THE DESIGN

DIY boho shelf decals using your Cricut. How to makeover outdated floating cub shelves for a boho inspired bedroom. Feather, arrow, and geometric shapes for bohemian style home decor.

I’m going to be completely honest, I used a new to me vinyl for this project. I bought a brand called STARCRAFT and I’m not totally sure on it yet. It’s just a little different than what I’m used to but who knows I may love it after using it for a few different projects. I also used it for the vinyl decals on these cheerleader gift bags.

I used a dark blue matte color for these boho shelf decals.

4. WEED THE DECALS

I weeded out my decals with an xacto knife. I will usually always use either an xacto knife or a sewing pin for this. Since these are decals and not stencils for painted signs, you want to be sure you remove all of the background, not the image itself.

DIY boho shelf decals using your Cricut. How to makeover outdated floating cub shelves for a boho inspired bedroom. Feather, arrow, and geometric shapes for bohemian style home decor.

5. APPLY THE DECALS

After my decals were weeded I applied clear transfer tape to them and used my vinyl squeegee to push out any air bubbles.

DIY boho shelf decals using your Cricut. How to makeover outdated floating cub shelves for a boho inspired bedroom. Feather, arrow, and geometric shapes for bohemian style home decor.

I found it was MUCH EASIER to cut down my transfer tape so it was the same size as my decal. Trying to put on the decals with excess transfer tape was a nightmare.

DIY boho shelf decals using your Cricut. How to makeover outdated floating cub shelves for a boho inspired bedroom. Feather, arrow, and geometric shapes for bohemian style home decor.

I took my time during this step to be sure my design was exactly where I wanted it by hovering over the shelf with my vinyl decal. Once I was happy with the placement I pressed it down with my fingers then used my vinyl squeegee to push out any air bubbles.

6. REMOVE THE TRANSFER TAPE

I also took my time during this step too. If you go too fast you can easily rip your vinyl. I started at one corner and slowly rolled my transfer tape off of my design. I think this is the easiest way to remove transfer tape from any vinyl or stencil design.

DIY boho shelf decals using your Cricut. How to makeover outdated floating cub shelves for a boho inspired bedroom. Feather, arrow, and geometric shapes for bohemian style home decor.

That’s it. They are ready to hang in my girl’s boho themed bedroom. I was so excited with how these turned out even though it took me WAY too long to get them finished. But that’s how us creative people are lol! We start a project and have to put it down for a few days (or a month lol!) until we can come back to it.

DIY boho shelf decals using your Cricut. How to makeover outdated floating cub shelves for a boho inspired bedroom. Feather, arrow, and geometric shapes for bohemian style home decor.

I really love this one with the arrows. They are all so different and so beautiful!

DIY boho shelf decals using your Cricut. How to makeover outdated floating cub shelves for a boho inspired bedroom. Feather, arrow, and geometric shapes for bohemian style home decor.

I think the girls did a great job picking out 3 different boho looking feathers. I love the patterns they have.

DIY boho shelf decals using your Cricut. How to makeover outdated floating cub shelves for a boho inspired bedroom. Feather, arrow, and geometric shapes for bohemian style home decor.

This one wasn’t my absolute favorite but I think it looks great to help break up the feathers and the arrows. I convinced them to put the geometric shapes on the middle sized shelf so that it would help break up the images even more and they agreed :)!

DIY boho shelf decals using your Cricut. How to makeover outdated floating cub shelves for a boho inspired bedroom. Feather, arrow, and geometric shapes for bohemian style home decor.

I hope you enjoyed this crafty tutorial and it inspires you to give something a makeover you may have seen at the store or that you have around the house. Let me know if you have any questions in the comments below.

HAPPY CRAFTING!

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