How to Build an Outdoor Tiered Display Shelf

Friday, September 30, 2016 -
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It's officially fall and its finally starting to feel like it here in Arizona! Halloween is a big deal in our house. Last week we became the weirdos on the street who already have their decorations up in September. 

Like I'm sure many of you do, my family typically has a pumpkin carving party every year. I always thought it was lame that we spend so much time carving our jack-o-lantern masterpieces and then just plop them on the ground by the front door. If you have more than one or two kids, there is always someone crying because their pumpkin is in back and you can't see him from the street. I decided to build a quick, tiered display stand so everyone's jack-o-lantern get's the face time they deserve.

Since my display pumpkin shelf is going to be kept outside, I purchased pressure treated lumber. You could also use Cedar or Redwood.

Materials List:

Cut List:
  • (12) 2 x 4 @ 36"
  • (2) 2 x 4 @ 18"
  • (2) 2 x 4 @ 11-1/2"
  • (4) 2 x 4 @ 8"

1. To start, cut all pieces to length. Drill two, 1-1/2" pocket holes on either end of the 8" and 11-1/2" long boards. The whole structure is connected with screws only, making it easy to take apart and store. 

2. Connect pairs of legs together with 8" pieces (side rails). Align a side rail flush to the top of a pair of legs and secure with 2-1/2" pocket hole screws. Measure 14-1/2" down from the bottom of the rail and attach a second side rail. 

3. Connect back leg panels together.  Align a 36" long, horizontal rail in each upper corner. Pre-drill through the ends and secure with 2-1/2" deck screws. 

4. Attach 11-1/2" front side rails to 18" legs. Align the rails square to the top edge of the legs and secure with 2-1/2" pocket hole screws. Make sure to turn pocket hole to the inside so they won't be seen. 

5. Attach front legs to the back legs. Make sure the front legs sit at 90 degrees and attach to middle legs using 2-1/2" pocket hole screws. There should be 14-1/2" from the bottom of the side rail to the ground. 

6. Pre-drill from the ends and attach 36" long, front horizontal rails, using deck screws. 

7. Space two center rails 3" apart on each level. Pre-drill from ends and secure with more 2-1/2" deck screws. 

8. Wipe stain on the cut ends, to blend the color. I discovered *Cherry Solar-Lux stain was a perfect match and dried quickly.

Once the stain was dry, I moved my new tiered display to my front porch and loaded it up with pumpkins. 

I'm so excited to carve real jack-o-lanterns! I bet the layers of glowing faces will look awesome at night, and everyone's pumpkin will be easy to see. 

I definitely have plans for this display once Christmas rolls around. If I didn't have such a black thumb, I'd load up the shelves with flowers and rock the prettiness year round. How do you think it looks with some potted plants?

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This weekend is the perfect time to bust out the Halloween decorations. This building project was so fast and easy, anyone could put one together in an afternoon.

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Want to build your own? Pin the image below to save the idea for later. 

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