A while ago, I got inspiration from Suzannah’s Adventures in Dressmaking blog to spruce up the way I store my jewellery.
DIY jewellery hooks. Source: Adventures in Dressmaking
With the way my room is set up, I’ve bought myself a clear perspex divided box with a slider lid to store my earrings and necklaces, because anything I leave out the menaces are highly likely to play with and eventually I’ll declare lost…for 5-6 months or longer until it’s re-found. I’ve also been browsing on Etsy and the listings for handmade jewellery storage/displays are quite inventive.
While I like the idea of making a dreamcatcher jewellery holder because of the number of earrings I tend to buy, to get it to look as intricate as the one SOPHilosophy’s got will take me absolutely ages. I learned how to make simple dreamcatchers in high school and would still be able to make one, but as a jewellery holder display, I’m not sure how successful that would be. The idea I had in mind was more along the frame ones like thehunibee’s, AfterTheLeavesFall’s or the one from HedcraftFineArt.
Making one of my own is going to be a DIY craft project to be completed in the near future when I’m actually motivated enough to go and get the things I need, possibly when I find a nice suitable frame from a flea market to achieve this. It’s simple enough and is a great way to display and organise your jewellery. What better way to put everything on display and when asked where you got the jewellery display/holder from, can tell any guests and friends that you made it yourself? The only thing you would need to worry about is the size of everything in relation to each other. For example, your backing (whether mesh or cork board sheet) where your earrings will go on will need to fit or be bigger than the frame and the hooks (should you want to put a bar across the front for bracelets like the ones from thehunibee’s or HedcraftFineArt) will need to be wide enough for a bar to go into. So here’s what you’ll need and how to do it:
1 Picture frame
1 Cork board sheet (you can get a 30cm x 45cm one for about £4.35 on Amazon UK) or you can get a cork board and remove the frame and backing wood, or you could get a wire netting mesh (about 5m worth is £7.40 on Amazon UK)
Scissors (preferably hard-wearing ones to cut through your backing of choice, especially if you’re going with the wire netting)
2 hooks (for one bar, add on 2 more hooks for each additional bar you might want to add)
1 bar (you can add more, advisable to add a maximum of 2, but this would depend on the size if your frame and the amount of jewellery you’ve got)
1. (This step is optional) If you’re happy with the colour and style of your frame, proceed to step 2. Otherwise, decorate the frame to your liking. If you want to change the colour, make sure any varnish or old paint is sanded off, paint on primer and spray-paint or paint with a brush a coat your desired colour once the primer is dry. When this is dry, add a second coat.
2. Measure the inner part of the frame, as you would with a poster you’re trying to fit into the frame. If the cork board sheet/wire netting mesh is bigger than the measurement, cut this to size.
3. Try fitting your cork board sheet/wire netting mesh backing into the frame to make sure it fits perfectly. Once you’re happy with the alignment, superglue the backing to the frame.
4. Mark on the frame where you want the bar(s) to go with pencil.
5. Drill holes where you’ve marked them on the frame.
6. Insert the hooks into the holes you’ve just made and fit the bar(s) onto the hooks.
and voila! I will try to make this sometime and once it’s done, will post a photo of my finished product. First though, I will need to make it a mission to find a suitable frame that I would be happy with. What I have in mind would be a lovely dark wooden corniced picture frame, possibly in cherry wood or dark cherry wood.
Have you got any interesting jewellery storage options to share?