Friday, December 11, 2015

DIY Truck Shelf

diy truck shelf with books

Friends there's still time (14 days to be exact!) to make gifts and today we're sharing a super fun truck shelf.  It's a bookshelf with truck features ready to hang on the wall or sits on its own.  

Today is build #11 of this year's Handbuilt Holiday series with Ana White and myself.  We have done 11 gift plans these past 11 weeks, hopefully you found a plan just right for that special someone and are hard at work building away! 

In case you missed any of the previous plans links to each one are here.  But today is an extremely cute and functional truck shelf and I'm in love!

(PS - it's not just for kids!  I couldn't help myself and threw some trees in the back you might have seen it over on Instagram!)

diy truck shelf for books or holiday decor

Ana designed this truck shelf with plenty of storage space for books and pencils (or trees!).  I hope the books above give you a good idea of scale but I also had my 8 year old son hold the truck shelf just so you can see how substantial it is:

diy truck shelf for boy

diy truck bookshelf

Deep enough to hold multiple large board books or turn paperbacks sideways and they fit just fine.

diy truck shelf with pencil compartment

How about some pencils in the cab?  Or a flashlight would fit too!  The details really make this truck shelf complete, I cut up dowels to make the headlights and wheel rims.  The black wheels are 3" precut wood discs.

diy truck shelf with wheels

diy truck shelf details

Don't forget the tail lights too!  For the truck sides in the cargo area I used flat molding (1/4" x 1 3/8") but 1x2s would work just fine.  I stained the molding pieces Minwax Early American before attaching to the truck body.

diy truck shelf empty

Ana is a master at designing plans that are easy to assemble, use standard, readily-available lumber AND functional.  This truck shelf is no exception.  In fact I used all scrap wood to make this beauty, check your stash because you might just have the pieces to make this today.

Who's going to build a convoy!

diy truck shelf Christmas decor

diy truck shelf with treesdiy truck shelf for holiday decor

The inspiration for this truck shelf came from Pottery Barn Kids truck shelf:

diy truck shelf knock off

I might be biased but I think Ana's version is better!  Her design has sides to prevent the books from falling and an open cab area for accessories.  In addition I guarantee it won't cost $99 to build!

diy truck bookshelf

Be sure to get Ana's plans here and start building your truck shelf today.  We will be back next Friday with the last and final gift plan for this year!  Happy Holidays buildy friends!

diy truck bookshelf free plans


  1. I saw this on Instagram back when you shared it and loved it. I'm perusing your website today and pinning some things that are inspiring me. ;) This truck is brilliant and your version is so much better than Pottery Barn's!

  2. Hi, This is just really cute. I would like to build 3 of them to make shelf for my son's room. One quick question, how do you make the black thing attached the headlights? Thanks so much!