Saturday, June 11, 2011

Framed...Jewelry?

Who says art can't be functional? I was really needing something colorful and interesting to dress up the bedroom, when I came across the idea of using jewelry as an art piece. Genius! So I whipped up this framed jewelry organizer which not only looks fun & beautiful, but also keeps my jewelry so tidy and organized.


Here is my dresser before my little jewelry storage makeover. Pretty dark and boring. And I don't know what on earth is even in there! I'm not sure how long it's been since I ventured into the back recesses of that jewelry box. The framed organizer is a huge improvement!


Want to make your own framed jewelry organizer? Here's how I did it. What you need:
-An old picture frame, any size you want
-A piece of foam board cut to fit the frame
-Pretty paper or fabric to cover the foam board
-Tacks
-Glue
-Staple Gun

*If you have heavier jewelry you may want to use thin wood instead of foam board to make sure it can support the weight. If you do you could use screws or nails instead of tacks.


Step 1: If you don't like the color of your frame, now is the time to paint it! I painted  mine with left over semi-gloss white. I planned to do a second coat, but after the first coat I decided I like the rough antique look so I went with it!



Step 2: Attach paper or fabric to foam board. I used scrapbook paper and put it on with a thin layer of Elmer's glue. I picked a neutral color because I really wanted my jewelry to stand out!

Step 3: Decide how far apart the tacks need to be to fit your jewelry, and poke them in to the foam board. I put a small dot of Elmer's glue down before inserting my tacks to make sure they wouldn't wiggle & tear my foam board. Be careful, because they will probably reach through the back!


Step 4: After the tacks dry, I put a small dab of hot glue on the back of each tack. Just to protect my fingers when I move the foam board around. :)


Step 5: Put the foam board into the frame and use a staple gun to attach it from behind.



Step 6: Thank your helper.


That's it. Now you just have to hang it up and add your jewelry.



I actually just set my frame on the dresser and leaned it against the wall instead of mounting it. (And don't worry about all that wood paneling. There is paint in its future!)


Now my jewelry is a beautiful focal feature instead of being hidden in a box. It adds some much needed color and fun to my dresser.


I also added some small bowls to catch things like bracelets and post earrings.

I love that something can be so pretty and so functional all at the same time. That's what I call making the most of your space! :)

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5 comments:

  1. Finally made this tonight! I didn't have a staple gun so we will see how my edit holds. Now what to do with the extra green fabric...

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  2. Yay! Do you have pictures? I would love to see it!

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  3. It turned out great! Hope you have a great weekend! xo Holly

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    1. It was just an old frame I found on someone's curb. :) I believe it's about 24" wide and 12" tall, but you could use any size!

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