Wednesday, January 2, 2013

DIY jewelry displays

The majority of my recent crafty DIY projects have centered around spicing up the bedroom . . . .no, I haven't been knitting wool bustiers (itchy).  I mean spicing it up interior design wise. 

I determined that I wanted my jewelry on display instead of hidden away in my jewelry case. I find that when it's visible it gets worn a lot often, plus it seems a shame to keep things that I find so attractive and sentimental inside a drawer.

I started by displaying my necklaces.  This was as simple as screwing some cup hooks into the bottom of an already existing shelf.

 
Then I took an old photo frame, replaced the backing with a piece of foam core, wrapped it with a layer of quilt batting and white fabric and made my own mini pin board for my brooches.
 

Then it was on to my favorite things - my rings.  I have a recent obsession with what my friends like to call "big ass rings" and I needed somewhere to display them.  I solved that problem with some frames and felt:


Here's a quick how to in case anyone is interested.

I started with some fabulous IKEA frames - of course you can use whatever frames you have available.


I had to remove their backs and the glass (which was actually plastic).  Then I got out my stash of felt and started rolling up some tampons.  Or at least that's what they started looking like to me.  I had to do some experimentation to determine how much felt was needed for each roll.  My white felt was quite thick (super absorbency) and I only needed about 5 inches in length.  The width was about 1 inch longer than the width of my frame opening.  

 I used a line of hot glue to hold my roll together.
 
When I had enough I hot glued them to a piece of cardboard sligtly larger than my frame opening.  Be sure to hot glue them securely and as tight together as possible.
 
 This is when things got really high tech! I couldn't use the original back of my frame as it wouldn't accomodate the thickness of my felt, so I used the handyman's greatest tool - duct tape.  It looks classy though because I got the white duct tape to match my frame!!

 
It worked quite well.  I used some command strips to hold this one to the wall and it's been 4 months and it hasn't fallen apart yet so I'm calling that a success!

I used a nice burnt orange felt on my other frame. It wasn't as thick as the white so I ended up rolling up about 7 inches instead of 5, but aside from that everything else was the same.


 I wanted this one to stand on my shelf so I used my duct tape and some really sturdy cardboard to create a stand on the back.

 
Hope you can use some of these techniques to create your own jewelry displays.

8 comments:

Paige Low said...

I love your display! Like you said, it gets worn more often when it's out of the box. Displaying the necklaces also keep the chains from tangling and knotting together. I use an old wood hanger fitted with hooks to display my necklaces and a simple flat dish for my rings. I'm going to try your frame and felt display to jazz mine up. Thanks for sharing!

-Paige

Akamatra said...

Nice job on the frames!!!

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nanii perez said...

the way you explain the steps had me laughing, but i got wear you where going with it!:D thanks

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MsKree8 said...

Seriously adorable. These are unique compared to many projects that I've seen. Pinning now!!!

*Meadow* said...

These are so cute, I absolutely love this idea and can't wait to try it out !

Nola Bohl said...

I love the idea...I am gonna try it with a little twist of my own by trying to get it to fit back in the frame with the original backs in place with the felt tampons ;) protruding out the front...thanks for sharing.

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