wood photo ledge with photos

Wood Photo Ledge

wood photo ledge with photos
© Eclectically K & L 2018

I love everything about pictures: taking them, looking through my phone at memories made, and having them displayed throughout our house.  I love the conversations that pictures invoke within our family.  My daughter often asks about where photos were taken, if she was alive at the time, and why we might look different!  It is fun to be able to tell stories and relive all the fun we have had.  We live so far away from our family right now so it is also so nice to be surrounded by our loved ones in some form.  They bring smiles and laughter to each and every one of us.  

I am always on the lookout for different ways to display photos and decided to make a wood ledge for prints.  This is will make it easier to change out photos and display multiple photos at once.  This project was very easy to complete, but you will need at least a circular saw to complete it.  Follow along for how to make these ledges for your home!


  • 1 – 1.5in x 36in Square wood dowel
  • Small keyhole hangers x 4 (here)
  • Circular saw
  • Measuring tape
  • Sandpaper
  • Wood stain (I used Varathane classic wood stain in Early American)
  • Wax (I used Varthane water-based polyurethane matte finish)


  1. Cut wood to your desired length.  I cut an 18″, 12”, and a 6″ piece.
  2. Draw a line, lengthwise, 1/2″ from edge of wood.  This will be where you will make your cut.
  3. Set your blade depth to 1/2″ on your saw and the cut angle to 10-15 degrees.  This will allow your photos to be nestled in the ledge and angled towards the wall so they don’t fall over.

    cutting wood with circular saw
    © Eclectically K & L 2018
  4. Follow the line you have pre-drawn on your piece of wood and cut lengthwise with circular saw.
  5. Sand your piece of wood until smooth.
  6. On the back side, attach 2 keyhole hangers – one on each end.  Check out this tutorial for how to attach them.  You can skip this step if you wish to just have the ledge displayed on a shelf or piece of furniture.
  7. Stain and wax wood ledge following instructions on container.
  8. Hang shelf and place photos in place!
    wood photo ledge with photos
    © Eclectically K & L 2018

    Wood Photo Ledge - side view
    © Eclectically K & L 2018

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