Sunday, May 22, 2011
DIY Organization - Jewelry Holder for Necklaces or Bracelets
Sound familiar? Tired of it? I was - and I finally decided to do something about it! I searched the web for some DIY jewelry organizers or holders. I found several that were quite well done or unique - including one where a rake head was used to hang necklaces on the back of a door! Fun, fun..... But I didn't want to buy a rake head, or anything if I could help it.....
So I looked around the house to see what I had. I had a weathered but solid wood board that needed a little sanding. I had ribbon. I had cloth with a pretty pattern. I had tacks. I even had sandpaper and a saw to even the board edges. The only thing I was missing? Hooks! There are some really cool hooks out there, but I was going for volume instead of decor. Meaning what? I wanted BIG hooks instead of small fancy ones. But if you don't need volume but want more class, be sure to check out the hook section of home improvement stores. There are some lovelies - including fleur-di-lis!
This project took me less than an hour after I had all the materials together. It's quick, simple, and (I think) elegant. At least more elegant than a knot in my jewelry box....now my jewelry box houses my less tangled bracelets instead! Though a second hook board would certainly work for bracelets too....hmmmm....I even have left over fabric!
Wood - cut to length, sanded smooth
Fabric - doubled and cut so it overlaps 1-2 inches onto the back of the board
Hooks - style and number up to you!
Tacks/small nails - shorter than the board is thick (don't want them going through!)
Hanging fixtures - framing wire & eye hooks work well, plus wall hook
Ribbon - optional decoration
Sandpaper - optional for smooth wood, fine grit (220-400)
Saw - optional if wood needs to be cut
Stapler - optional, or an alternative to using tacks
1) Cut the board to length. Sand smooth - edges most important to avoid splinters and cutting fabric on edges.
2) Layout fabric and place board on top. I chose to double the thickness of fabric. Cut the fabric so it folds onto the back of the board by 1/2 - 2 inches.
3) Fold edges of fabric under. Iron if you wish, but I just held it folded over. I like it quick and easy! Besides, it's the back of my personally jewelry holder.....
5) Admit that using a stapler would be easier. I chose tacks because my stapler was broken and I had pretty gold tacks lying about.....
6) Admire your work so far! Then chose if you want to add ribbon to it or not. I liked the look. Wrap with ribbon. Tape or more tacks may be necessary if you want your ribbon rigidly in place.
7) Add your chosen hanging fixtures to the back.
If you have a similar jewelry organizer or holder, please share!