How to Upcycle Cake Tins into Round Floating Shelves

April 19, 2015

My imagination has been sparked by #OneMetreChallenge being run by Off the Wall. The company is running a competition to see what people can make/create/do with one metre of wallpaper. Regular readers will know that I love to upcycle and recycle – what better than to transform old cake tins into shelving?

Fancy your own round floating shelves?

Round floating shelves -How to create wallpaper lined cake tin shelves from


To line your cake tins with wallpaper  you will need:

  • Cake tin
  • Sandpaper
  • Wallpaper
  • Adhesive – E3200

To make:

Ensure your tin is clean, removing any traces of grease.

Draw round the tin bases on your wallpaper, trim carefully. Check the wall paper fits.

Sand the base of the tins, breaking up the non stick surface.

Clean the surface to remove any dust.

scratched cake tin bases (1 of 1)

Apply glue adhesive to base of the tin.

Apply wallpaper, and weigh down to prevent curling of paper as it drys.

glueing wallpaper to tins, paint pots (1 of 1)

Your cake tin shelves are ready to hang on the wall.

upcycled cake tin shelves (1 of 1)

However if you fancy adding a splash of colour you could spray the sides of the tins.


The biggest dilemma was choosing from the wide variety of wallpapers available:)




Flat baking trays instead? Convert them into magnetic noticeboards.






32 comments so far.

32 responses to “How to Upcycle Cake Tins into Round Floating Shelves”

  1. Ginny says:

    What a great idea. I like the weighing down photo. I wasn’t sure what was going on at first.

  2. That is such an off the wall idea, excuse the pun! but I love it. I like it in the muted colours, but me being a rainbow lover would love to see them sprayed in bright colours. Damn for renting and not being able to hang things on walls!! x

    • Vicky says:

      Ohh, thats sad re nails and renting, although I can understand why the landlord may chose that restriction.

    • Aileen says:

      I rent as well but i am allowed to use picture hooks as they don’t make big holes. For something a bit heavier I use the double ones and I have a framed drawing (A5 size) enclosed in glass that has been up for 3 years now, cake tins should be no problem. When you move, a quick dab of polyfila on small holes and a tester pot of paint if necessary to cover. Or keep small tubs of leftover paint. I use the ones you get 6 or 8 for £1. Easy to see colour and can store lots in one big tub.

    • L. S. says:

      Use Command Hooks. They can come right off when you move.

      • Vicky says:

        I will look these up, thank you:)

      • Judy Miller says:

        Absolutely, Command hooks from 3-M are the greatest. I have used them on wall paper, paneling and painted surfaces with no damage. the only problem I ever had was a wall with water pipes running between the walls. For some reason they would not stay ip on that one wall.

  3. What a fun idea! There are so many gorgeous wallpapers out there just begging to be turned into something pretty like these 🙂 x

  4. Caroline says:

    A brilliant idea, nothing will be safe in the home from upcycling, love them

  5. Louise says:

    Inspired! how amazing would these look in a gorgeous old kitchen? Love your blog!

  6. These look great, I love the idea of spray painting them, I think I’d go for bright funky colours 🙂

    • Vicky says:

      I have to admit I was tempted by bright wall paper with funky patterns – a bright spray would have been perfect for them!

  7. What a great idea, I’m definitely going to look into making a pretty magnet board for my craft space.

    • Vicky says:

      Thanks Vicky – I suggest buying stronger magnets than you think you will need. I originally bought small magnets from hobbycraft and they were not strong enough.

  8. Lori says:

    How do you attach them to the wall?

    • Vicky says:

      I have put small tacks (nails into the wall) about 3mm proud – then the base on the spring tins are not quite at the bottom of the tin so the back has a 2-3mm lip round the perimeter to hang on the nail – I’ll take some pictures and amend the post this evening:)

  9. Jo Enefer says:

    These are great and would also be great fun in a modern funky coffee shop or tea rooms. A good no calorie up cycle!

  10. Very impressive! They look great #ThriftyThursday

  11. Vickie says:

    Such a great idea Vicky…love it that you can reuse something for a pretty wall decoration.

  12. Gina Caro says:

    They look fantastic! What a great way to use old cake tins. Thank you for sharing on #ThriftyThursday

  13. Cheryl | TimeToCraft says:

    This is such a cute idea. Great way to use old tins. I find it so difficult to part with old tins. I like the idea of lining them with wallpaper. Kind of echoes their former use. #ThriftyThursday

  14. Melanie says:

    I love floating shelves, but these round ones are even more awesome!! Thanks for sharing at Motivational Monday!

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