Step 1

DIY Copper Backed Box

DIY Copper Backed Box

Step 1- Paint 1x4 boards

Photo by: Tomas Espinoza

Tomas Espinoza

Paint Boards

Paint all boards with an interior paint in a semi-gloss finish for a clean look.

Step 2

Cut and Assemble Frame

Using your customized dimensions, mark boards accordingly. Our box is 18x30" to match the width of the copper self-adhesive paper, avoiding seams. Set a miter saw to a 45-degree angle, and cut the corners for a cleaner look (Image 1). You can do straight cuts, but adjust measurements accordingly. Secure the 1x4s into a frame with a nail gun (Image 2). Fill any nail holes, and touch up with paint if needed.

Step 3

DIY Copper Backed Box

DIY Copper Backed Box

Step 3- Mark & Cut Plywood Back Once your frame is complete, place it over the plywood and trace the shape along the INSIDE of the frame. This ensures the 1x4 frame will eventually slide on top of the plywood with a snug fit. Once you’ve marked the plywood, cut using a jigsaw or circular saw. Sand any rough edges and dust off in preparation for the next step.

Photo by: Tomas Espinoza

Tomas Espinoza

Mark and Cut Plywood Backing

Once your frame is complete, place it over the plywood and trace the shape along the inside of the frame. This ensures the 1x4 frame will eventually slide on top of the plywood with a snug fit. Once you’ve marked the plywood, cut using a jigsaw or circular saw. Sand any rough edges with 150-grit sandpaper, and remove dust with a damp cloth.

Step 4

DIY Copper Backed Box

DIY Copper Backed Box

Step 4- Add Copper Adhesive Paper With your plywood free of dust and with the smoothest side up, it’s time roll out the copper adhesive paper. Go slow using your hands, a squeegee or credit card to smooth out any air bubbles as you remove the paper backing and press the copper adhesive down onto the plywood. Don’t sweat it if you mess up, you can lift the paper and reposition. Be sure to fold over the edges a bit so there is no visible plywood. Once the paper is down to your liking, trim the excess with scissors.

Photo by: Tomas Espinoza

Tomas Espinoza

Attach Copper Self-Adhesive Paper

Roll out the copper adhesive paper. Remove paper backing in sections, and with the smoothest side of the plywood up, slowly attach using your hands and a squeegee or credit card to smooth out any air bubbles. Keep removing the paper backing as you go, and press the copper adhesive down onto the plywood. Lift the paper and reposition if needed. Be sure to fold over the edges a bit so there is no visible plywood. Once you're satisfied, trim the excess with scissors.

Step 5

Add Shelving

Slide the frame over the plywood, and secure along the sides using a nail gun (Image 1). Next, measure the width of the interior of the shelf and cut shelves from the 1x3 wood trim. Secure using a nail gun (Image 2). 

Step 6

DIY Copper Backed Box

DIY Copper Backed Box

Step 6- Add Hanging Hardware Your hanging hardware will depend on the size of your shelf and what you plan on displaying. Always use the appropriate hardware-use drywall wall anchors or attach the shelf to studs in the wall to make sure it’s safely and securely hung.

Photo by: Tomas Espinoza

Tomas Espinoza

Attach Hardware

Your hanging hardware will depend on the size of your shelf and what you decide to display. Always use the appropriate hardware-use drywall anchors, or attach the shelf to studs in the wall to make sure it's safely and securely hanging.