Small Wall Ledges For Flash Cards, Postcards Or Books

Aw yeah, we’re living on the ledge. We’ve been waiting to hang our postcard shelves from our first house’s office for over two years and we finally found the right spot for them. Ba-dow:

We detailed the whole how-we-made-them process here (you should click that just to see how tiny Clara was) so here’s how we adapted them for this space:

  • we measured how wide the dresser that would sit under them was (we thought they’d look top-heavy and odd if they were a foot longer, which they were at first)
  • we lopped off the extra length on a miter saw, so they were all 2″ narrower than the dresser that sits under them

  • we hung the first one (the lowest one) 16″ above the dresser after holding it up in a few different heights and deciding it looked best there (using a level to be sure it wasn’t wonky)

  • we used long-ish screws (2.5″ guys) in three places to hold them nice and securely (anchors would be necessary for shelves with heavy items on them, but for small light shelves that hold small items like postcards, screws can easily do the job). Oh but we already had predrilled holes in the shelves so the screws could go right through them and hold them in place. So for more info on that click here for the full postcard-ledge-hanging rundown.

  • there were some high-fives along the way

  • we taped a yardstick to the wall (we used a level to be sure it was perpendicular to the floor) so we could use that as a guide to hang the left edge of all of them

  • we hung each shelf on the wall with 9″ of space between each one (there was more bean-help and a few more high fives).

  • we stepped back and enjoyed the view…

Then I broke out two things I’ve been hoarding saving for a nice long time.

Clara loves both of these boxes of flash cards, so I’ve been waiting not-so-patiently to hang the postcard shelves and rename them as… flash card shelves!

It’s a crazy easy way to add inexpensive art/color/interest plus there are even letters and words on them, so it’s a subtle little learning zone for Clara. She already gets a kick out of counting the number of animals on each shelf, finding specific ones that John or I call out, and even learning the first letter in many of their names (she woke up the other day and said “F is for Flamingo!” loud and proud as I lifted her out of her crib).

One more picture. Because I’m a flash card ledge fiend.

What are you guys cutting/leveling/hanging these days? Do you like to hang things from your first house in a different way or put a new twist on old art/shelves/ledges in a new space? Not gonna lie, it’s pretty fun to tweak something you already have for a whole new room and function. And I’m also pretty proud of myself for not droning on and on for once. 493 words in this post. Wooot! $herdog’s keeping it klassy koncise.


  1. says

    What a GREAT idea! I’m helping a friend paint a mural in her baby-to-be’s bedroom, and this sort of idea would be such a great addition. Thanks as always for the inspiration!

  2. says

    I’ve always loved this project and I’m so glad you were able to breathe some life back into it! I’ve been itching to make a photo ledge to display our travel photos and this just makes me want to get on it!

    PS. Clara’s first Home Depot trip?!? How precious!

  3. Candice says

    Do I like to hang things differently in this house vs the last house? …Confession, we have boxes and boxes of framed family photos that I have yet to hang (5 years later) in this house. ….I want to change all the frames, the hall needs fresh paint (why hang before painting), I’m terrified of hanging them all crooked on my own, hubs thinks all things hung on a wall need a stud…So, yes.

    • says

      I think it definitely takes some time ti start hanging stuff! We probably waited nine months or so before we really just decided that hanging things made more sense than letting them sit around.


  4. Karen F says

    great idea! the shelves look great – and I bought some vintage alphabet cards for my daughter’s room (which remain in the tin they came in – talk about a “dude, get on that”!) and you just gave me a perfect idea of what to do with them :) but I think my biggest takeaway from this post is using the yardstick – genius!

  5. says

    These look so happy & colourful! After being inspired by them in your old house, I managed to find mini versions at the dollar store for $2 each! They’re a great option for people without tools, like us. Now, I just have to get on that and hang them up!

  6. sarah b says

    Love Charley Harper’s work. Where did you find flash cards? I have a book of his stuff but there is a bigger book (costs about $100) that I covet!

  7. says

    Love this! We have some cards I’ve been hoarding/hanging onto for forever-they’re fairy alphabet cards, and bird number cards. I think my kids might be a smidge to old for them now, but I may be able to mix them in with some other fun stuff.

  8. Maureen says

    This looks great! Plus, this can really grow with her. I envision lots of photos of friends on there when she is a teen(not that I am rushing that for you. My step-son is 17 and I long for his adorable little baby faced 2 year old self). Anywho, I actually have something similar to this from Ikea, and I love them. It’s great being able to re-purpose these!

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