Welcome PacMan enthusiasts and shelf aficionados! This instructable will show you how to build and install a floating shelf shaped just like one of the ghosts from the game. The shelf shown below is approximately 30x30" overall, with free-floating eyes and body. It sticks out about 5.5", which is just a little bit wider than a DVD case. The eyes also conceal a hidden compartment (see pic #2).
Backstory: I built this shelf for my sister for Christmas and she loved it. The design was inspired by a ridiculously overpriced ($600), but totally awesome ghost shelf sold by Etsy member LightYourselfUp. However, they recently took down their listing, so I figured I could make it myshelf (lol), with a few improvements such as hidden compartments in the eyes. I also made a few minor changes to the shape of the ghost (moved eyes a bit to the left and changed the bottom layout, see pics #3 and #4) to make it more aesthetically pleasing.
Step 1: Materials and Equipment
Note: I used screws to join the wood pieces together, but if you have a biscuit joiner the assembly will go much faster and the final product will look better (no visible screws).
- 20’ of 1x6 pine boards
- 2’ of ¼”x6 poplar hobby board (for eyes, plywood might work too but is prone to warping)
- (152) #8 1 ¼” screws (or 75 #20 biscuits if you have a biscuit joiner)
- Blue, white, and black acrylic paint (4-8 oz. for body, 1-2 oz. for eyes)
- (8) ¾” metal elbow brackets
- (8) ½” wood screws
- (8) Drywall anchors
- 0.5"x8" strips of Velcro!
- Miter or Table Saw
- Drill or Drill Press (a lot easier)
- #8 drill bit w/counter sink and Phillips head bit
- Sand Paper
- Foam paint brushes
- Optional: Biscuit joiner
- Tools for hanging: tape measure, level, stud finder