Tuesday, July 14, 2015

DIY Costume Jewelry Board

For as long as I can remember, I've had a small dressmaker's doll with hooks coming out the top to hang my costume jewelry from.

It's a beautiful little piece that is easy to keep on a table top... but in recent months I've found my collection has outgrown it, and it's become a bit of a dust collector. 

Tired of untangling my necklaces every time I wanted to wear them and needing a better way to display my jewelry, I decided to make my own Costume Jewelry Board out of a cork board, and decorate with paint, ribbons and pins to customize to my tastes.

This was an incredibly easy project, I was able to complete it in two afternoons (one to paint, one to decorate) and it has since become a favourite fixture on my wall!

Here's the supplies you'll need to make your very own Jewelry Board:
  • Cork Board (small - medium sized)
  • craft paint in your favourite colours
  • hot glue gun
  • ribbons
  • pins

Step 1 - Paint your cork board! You may decide you don't want to do this. For Example, I have a larger organizational cork board I covered with burlap, twine and lace instead:

For a costume jewelry piece, I wanted something bright! I decided on a yellow background, and for good measure I painted the trim blue. My intention was always to cover the trim, but I wanted to have a nice colour underneath my ribbon (just in case).

Once that was done, I let dry overnight and it was on to the next step!

Step 2 - Heat up your hot glue gun. Cut lengths of fabric to cover both the front AND sides of your cork board trim. I used two different types of ribbon (black with a stitch detailing along the side, and black with white polka dots for the front) but you could just use one, or more! up to you!

Start by gluing around the sides, making sure to leave some overlap to cut off on both ends.

Once the sides are covered, glue the ribbon to the front of your cork board. Make sure you do the top and bottom, and THEN the sides, so that your corners look uniform (you could also work around the frame in a "stacked" way, or cut the corners to a diagonal. up to you!

Step 3 - The final step is adding your pins and hanging your jewelry! Rather than push pins, I bought sewing pins for my board. You'll notice I tried to angle them UP, just to make sure the jewelry stays firmly against the board, rather than shifting around.

Also, rather than just have them pinned any-which-way, you'll notice I tried to keep a pattern to the design. Of course, you can change that as much as you like!

That's it! you're done and now you have a pretty way to show off your jewelry! Rest this piece on your dresser, or mount to the wall using the screws that came with your cork board to keep it secure.

How do you show off your costume jewelry? If you were to do this project, what colour/fabric combo do you think you would use? I'd love to know or see any of your own displays!

Happy Crafting!