DIY Nail Polish Rack

I finally came to the conclusion that I need to start storing my nail polish where I can see it, and then I came to the decision that I should make a shelf for my polishes.  Probably not one of my brightest moments as I’m not exactly one of the most handy people you’ll ever meet, but I went for it and I have to say I’m pretty happy with the results.   So here it it – my DIY Nail Polish Rack:

Items Needed:

– 3 20″x30″ Foam boards

– Black Spray Paint

– Hot glue gun + glue sticks

– Duct tape to decorate (I had to pick leopard print!)

– Craft/utility knife


1. Decide how big you want your shelf to be – I used the entire 20″x30″ foam board as my backboard, but you can adjust to whatever size you need .

2. Cut out the shelf, edge and side pieces.  To create a board like mine, you will need 7 2″x20″ shelf pieces, 8 1″x20″ edge pieces and 2 2″x30″ side pieces.

3.  Spray paint the pieces that you just cut whichever colour you would like – I went with black to go along with the leopard print.

4.  Cover the piece of foam board you will be using for the background with the patterned duct tape.

5.  Using a hot glue gun, attach the shelf pieces – I attached a shelf every 4 inches, with the top shelf being about 6.

6.  Attach the edge pieces to the ends of the shelf pieces to prevent the polishes from falling off the shelves.

7.  Attach the side pieces to the sides of the shelves to bring it all together.

Voila – easy enough and perfect for holding all of your polishes and manicure essentials!  If you have any questions, sound off in the comments below and I will be sure to help you out!

  • Nicole

    Nicely done!

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  • Nice job! Want to know how I store polishes? I found a wooden spice rack at a thrift store, painted it black and hubby mounted in on my office wall! Only problem is I have already fiiled it up and need to expand lol!

  • romana

    I like! This is similar to what they have at my favorite nail salon. Keeps it all neat and tidy and visible for your choosing 🙂

  • annet

    That is an amazing board and it sounds relatively easy! I think I may even be able to make one! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  • ana-maria ignat

    amazing…nice done:)

  • Carla Allio

    This is very nice and neat. I keep all my polishes on a shoe box LOL

  • lee liet

    this is so cool

  • Rhea Liza Lirios Munoz

    i love this. it gives me an idea how to organize my stuff

  • klynzer

    I totally just made this a week ago & I am in love this it! SO easy and inexpensive ! & not to mention super cute!

  • Amy Livesay Hart

    Great idea. I just keep mine in a little cloth purse.

  • Anna W

    This looks great! I love that it can hold all of the little sample products that come in the mail too!