How to Upcycle Cake Tins into Round Floating Shelves

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 thoughts on “How to Upcycle Cake Tins into Round Floating Shelves”

  1. 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

    • 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.

      • 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.

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

    • 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.

    • 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:)

  2. 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


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