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DIY Rain Gutter Bookshelves for Kids

DIY Rain Gutter Bookshelves for Kids

For my Blogger Pinterest Challenge, I decided to tackle part of a larger project I’ve been working on which we’ll call Project: Liam’s Big-Boy Room. For months now I’ve been wanting to update his nursery. It may sound crazy (didn’t we decorate this room a year ago?!) but I was starting to feel guilty about how room looked and functioned for two reasons. First, we didn’t find out Liam’s gender before he was born so the room is very “gender neutral” and second, it was distinctly designed for baby care and not the brave new world of toddlerdom. I wasn’t planning a complete overhaul but wanted to make a few updates to make the room feel more fitting for our growing boy.

DIY Rain Gutter Bookshelves

One of the projects I wanted to tackle was adding some bookshelves to display Liam’s books. Originally, I planned to add some Ikea spice rack bookshelves like I’d seen on IKEA Hackers. However, there was no IKEA trip planned in the near future and I decided I didn’t like how I was limited to the fairly narrow size of the spice racks which didn’t really work in the space. Instead, I decided to try making some rain gutter bookshelves. I love the educational philosophy behind them. Reading has always been a sensory experience for me. In our Kindle and iPad obsessed world, I still love perusing a book store, examining the covers and flipping through the pages, so the idea of “merchandising” books made a lot of sense to me.

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There are lots of great blogger tutorials for them but I found this rain gutter tutorial from Raising Olives to be the most useful. If cutting the gutters makes you nervous (or you don’t have a hack saw) they will cut them for you at Home Depot. I did have to sand a little extra because their cuts weren’t totally straight but it was worth it to not have to deal with a saw. The hardest part of the whole project was finding time to do a project that involved power tools in Liam’s room. I do the vast majority of projects after Liam’s bedtime and with this one, that wasn’t a possibility so dad had to keep him occupied while I worked on them.

rain gutter bookshelves

I’m really happy with how they turned out. I was careful to screw them into the studs knowing they would become Liam’s newest pull up toy and so far, they seem to be able to handle the abuse. I’m also loving the US map printable I framed above them. Yet another Pinterest find! The room is still a work in progress but this addition definitely helps make it feel much more appropriate for Liam.

Blogger Pinterest Challenge

As we’ve discussed, Pinterest can be a great source of inspiration for all kinds of projects. For more crafts, early education ideas and resources, please visit the Bright Horizons Pinterest boards. This week, the Family Room bloggers will all be challenging themselves to complete something they pinned on Pinterest. Check out the fun projects they’ve been tackling:




  1. Organized Mom July 27, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    Wow – these look fantastic! Nice work!

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    Amy July 31, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    Agreed – so cool!

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  4. May 11, 2013 at 6:49 am

    Hello there, You’ve done an excellent job. I will definitely digg it and personally suggest to my friends. I am confident they will be benefited from this site.

  5. First House Spouse August 6, 2013 at 10:58 am

    We accept the challenge too! What do you think of our rain gutter bookshelves? Yours came out amazing and we love our little reading corner also 🙂 What a cheap DIY that will last so long!

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      guttercleaning August 9, 2016 at 7:15 am

      You can also use recycled rain gutters for planting pots, and if you get creative enough – sculptures!

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        guttercleaning August 9, 2016 at 7:19 am

        Also it is lesser known fact that if you have a big enough container you can boil the rain gutters before using them at home for a 100% disinfection. Trust me, I have been in the business for a while now, and you have no idea what kind of terrible things have been there.

        Regards, an expert

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