Nail Polish Rack Tutorial

If you're anything like me, you own more nail polish than would ever be necessary for a single person to own who doesn't do nails professionally. Ever. I've managed to amass over 90 bottles so clearly it's become a bit out of control. I got this adorable shelf for a dollar at a local Salvation Army which was perfect for all of my polishes until, well, it wasn't.

It can only hold about 70 bottles so I looked online to find something inexpensive but that doesn't actually exist. Shipping costs were also ridiculous. Then I thought why don't I just make it myself? Duh! This rack holds 60-80 bottles for only $6!

You will need:
Glue Gun
Plenty of Glue Sticks
Utility Knife/X-Acto Knife
2 20"x30" Foam Boards

Make the following cuts:
1 Back: 20"x25"
5 Stoppers: 1"x20+3/8"
5 Shelves: 2"x20"
1 Top: 2+3/16"x20"
2 Side Panels: 2+3/8"x25"
Cut 1"x3/16" notches out of your 2 side panels every 4 inches

Step One: Sandwich the back piece with the side panels and glue.

Step Two: Glue the top piece and one of the shelves to the top and bottom of the back piece so all edges are flush. You'll now have a box!

Step Three: Glue each of the remaining shelves to the back piece so they meet the bottom edge of each notch.

Step Four: Glue the stoppers to the shelves and side panels.

Step Five: Embellish your brand new totally awesome nail polish rack & you're done!

Yay :D

You can reinforce the 'joints' with an extra bead of glue once you've completed the rack. If you're still wary of its strength you can even try paper mâché! It'll be a great way to make it stronger plus you can paint it. I chose to cut a decorative top from a scrap piece and I plan to paper mâché it just to be safe. Hope you love it!!


  1. Thanks, girl! I'm really excited to decorate it.

  2. Wow! You are so so clever! That is truly impressive!

  3. Hey, someone's got to have all the smartz, right?? <3

  4. Thank you so much! ive been wanting to do this but was worried about wasting alot of foam board bc i didnt know the measurements and was going to "wing" it!. perfect! What did you use to hang it? I have over 300 polishes and A LOT in the mail being shipped to me... lol and im just useing rubbermaid totes right now.... LOTS of them. lol

    1. You know, I never ended up hanging it! In part because my landlord isn't the nicest but also laziness. I have it set up like this and it's holding just under 100 bottles just fine. I'm planning on making another soon since I've filled all those baskets at which point I'm not sure what I'll do. My nail painting station is a fold-out ikea table that'll support two of these guys but I'm still not sure about hanging. Basically I didn't answer you at all! Let me dig a bit, I don't want to give bad advice and have your display fall on you!

  5. How did you do the Polish pictures? They are so cute

  6. You know i did the nail polish rack a couple of months ago and whoever that sees it loves it then recently i altered the measurements and created a spice rack for my kitchen both holded by push pins (plenty of them) i cannot thank you enough for the post

  7. This was perfect! Thank you so much for doing all the hard work! I used your outline and not only made my daughter a nail polish shelf, I also made shelves for my son's Disney Infinity Characters. They turned out awesome thanks to you! I would have messed up so much foam board if I had to figure out all the dimensions myself. THANK YOU!!!!


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