Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Tutorial: Necklace Holder/Display

If you're anything like me, you have a bunch of necklaces stuck somewhere, probably on a hook in your closet/bathroom, that you really love but tend to not wear very much because you forget they are there. Sound familiar? Yup.

So I started thinking: what can I craft that will be classy, keep my jewelry organized, and make it easily available so I'll actually wear them once in a while? I've been on kind of a frame-kick lately, so I started looking up ideas about using frames for jewelry holders/displays. Voila! Here's what I came up with!

Super easy, and super cheap :)  First, here's what you need:

1 frame (I got mine for $1 at Goodwill)
Spray paint - I used cheap white that was less than $1 at good ol' WallyWorld
Open-ended eye hooks
Brown acrylic paint
Fine-grit sandpaper
Drill with a drillbit that's the size of the threads on the eye hooks
 First I painted my frame with the spray paint.  It was wood, but I wanted to distress it, so I painted it.
 Next, I used the sandpaper to slightly sand down parts of the frame.  I focused on the corner embellishments and some parts in the middle of the frame sides.  Don't sand all the way through the paint or you will see your wood frame underneath, unless that's something you want.  I wanted a little of the wood grain to show through, so I did it lightly a little bit at a time until it was exactly what I wanted.
 Next I mixed a little bit of the brown paint with the water to create my own stain.  I didn't have stain, and I didn't want to spend the money on it (trying to do my craft as cheaply as possible).  I took a paper towel, dipped it in the paint/water mix, wiped it on sections of the frame, then wiped it off with a dry paper towel. 
 You can see, it gives it a tea-colored stain.  You can use this as much or as little as possible, whichever suits your taste.
 Once it's all dry, lay out your eye hooks so you can gauge how many you can fit in your frame.  My 11"x14" frame held 12 hooks down the 14" side.
 Next, use a marker to mark where each hook sits on the inside of the frame so you can see where to drill your holes.  Carefully drill the holes in the frame (I probably should have made H hold the frame while I drilled, but I did it on my own and it turned out pretty good!)
 Screw in your eye hooks so each open end is facing out.
Find a good place to hang it (mine is now hanging on my bedroom wall by my dresser) and use a couple small finishing nails to put it in place.

Here's the breakdown:
Frame:  $1
Eye hooks: $1.96 (2 packs @ $0.98/pack)
Spray paint: $0.96
I already had the acrylic paint, sand paper, and drill.

Total cost for new jewelry holder:  $3.92.  Success!

I have to say, I'm pretty impressed with how well this turned out!  If you try it, make sure to tell me how yours turned out! 

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  1. love it! i'm going to be making one very soon!!

  2. That looks great!! I would love for you to link up with us!
    Hope to see you there!
    New follower,

  3. Nikie, make sure to let me know how yours turns out! I'd love to see it :)

    Kim, thank you so much for the invite!! I linked up, and thanks for following!

  4. Such a simple idea, and well executed, too! I don't have that many necklaces, but my daughters do. (how did that work??) I might need to make one for them when we get our new house finished. :) Thanks for the tutorial.