After having searched everywhere for a proper nail polish rack, I finally found one on Ebay and Transdesign only to be disappointed by the outrageous prices of the shipping fees. Shipping ended up costing even more than the rack itself in which I by pure principle refuse to spend money on. So I decided to make my own from things I already had at home :) All you need is:
- A cardboard
- A ruler and/or tape measure
- A pen
- Baking paper, wrapping paper or some pretty fabric
- Strong Glue
- A knife or a cutting thingy
- A bit of Candy
Measurements and how to:
- Measure the width, height and depth of the shelf or area where you plan to place your display. In my case the shelf is really deep so the depth will be determined by the height and width. Remember to make the display a few cm smaller than the dimensions of your shelf so that you can easily fit it in once it’s done. I decided to make mine 43 cm wide, 20 cm high and 20 cm deep (leaving 2-3 cm extra room around the display). Based on my measurements I cut two pieces of the shape shown below which will be the base and the back of the display:
- To determin how many shelves you can fit (height wise) you need to measure your nail polishes. Place them next to each other in an imaginary ladder formation like shown below. In my case I could fit 5 rows of nail polishes
although it might have made more sense to only have 4 rows, woohoo!! Which means that each shelf would be 4 cm on top of the other (4 cm x 5 shelves = 20 cm)
- To determin how deep each shelves needs to be you need to measure the width of your nail polish. I decided to make mine 4 cm wide which makes it easier for my self as the height of each shelf is 4 cm as well :)
- Now on to the ingenering part ;) So this is the structure. The turquoise (Nauvelle Vague) and the blue bits we have already determined in step 1.
- The orange ( Orange Fizz) piece will be 4 cm x 4 cm x 4 cm which means you need to cut your rectangular piece into 43 cm x 12 cm, then scratch slightly with the knife along the two lines in the midle like shown below. After you’ve scratched along the lines you bend the piece so that you get the desired shape like in the picture above.
- The yellow (Mimosa) piece will be 8 cm x 4 cm x 8 cm (43 cm x 20 cm), The red (Quarter of a CentuCherry) will be 12 cm x 4 cm x 12 cm (43 cm x 28 cm), The lilac (Do You Liliac it?) will be 16 cm x 4 cm x 16 cm (43 cm x 36 cm). You do the same with these as you did with Orange Fizz :)
- To hide the ugly cutted corners I chose to wrap the pieces in baking paper simply because I didn’t have anything else. If you have some spare wrapping paper or even some pretty fabric lying around I highly recommend using that to make it prettier :)
- Now we’ll put all these pieces together :) Start by adding glue along the bottom of the blue piece (one of the 43 cm sides) and place it along the side of the Turquoise Nouvelle Vague base piece and let it dry.
- Use tape and tape the Lilac (Do You Liliac it?) piece onto the blue back. Then continue doing the same with the rest of the pieces untill it looks something like mine in the picture below. Try to make the shelves tilt slightly so that your nail polishes will rest firmly against the back.
Since I was just placing mine in a shelf I didn’t need to worry about how it lookes like from the side but if you are planning on placing yours where one or both of the sides can be seen I recommend cutting triangle shaped pieces and stick them onto the sides. Tadaaaa :D