Then one day I found my ‘style’ which happen to be the bolder/gaudier the better. Still sort of is. It usually involved moustache rings (before that was a fad) and owl necklaces (also before it was a fad). Originally I tossed them in a bowl and dug around every time I wanted to dress up my outfit. I found myself growing increasingly annoyed when reaching for tangled necklaces and quickly outgrew that method. Of course a traditional jewelry box wasn’t going to cut it… oh no. I simply HAD to make something that fit my lifestyle.
AND, it’s completely customizable AND quite simple to make.
- 2 pack of 16x20 canvases (use a coupon, the extra one is a bonus for other projects/another jewelry holder)
- Wooden Knobs (or funky ones you can pick up from hobby lobby)
- Fabric + ribbon (or other material to decorate your canvas)
- Cable Chain (or Broken necklace)
- Brass Cup Hooks
- Thumb tacks
- Scrap wood
- Paint (optional)
- Wood glue
- Hot glue gun/stapler
1| Figure out placement, it’s the perfect time to customize their locations to fit your needs. I knew I needed a place for lots of rings (the hooks), quite a few necklaces (the top knobs), a few bracelets (bottom knobs), and plenty of earrings (the chain). So I went with hooks on the side- for rings; knobs in the upper quarter for necklaces; knobs on the bottom for bracelets and the chain toward the top for earrings.
2 | Give the brassy hooks and the wooden knobs a quick couple coats of spray paint. I found that poking the hooks into cardboard was the easiest way to attain even coverage. You could also leave the hooks brassy. Which I should have done, but this project was done way before I fell hard for gold.
3 | While the hooks and knobs are drying, dry fit your fabric or begin designing the background of your canvas. I covered the canvas 75% of the way with my favorite black and white damask pattern (at the time). Then used ribbon to give the edge a trimmed out look. Feel free to use any fabric that catches your eye, paint your own design, or even use your electronic cutter (like the silhouette cameo or circuit explore) for precise patterns.
4 | Support. My placement plan required knobs, for necklaces, toward the middle of the canvas. Since I used premade canvases the middle provided no support. I had the beau trim down some scrap wood to fit tightly between the frame of the canvas. To ensure they were supported properly we used wood glue and two long screws.
5 | Pre-drill the holes for your knobs directly into the canvas and wood. Learn from my mistake and drill BEFORE you attach the fabric.
6 | Then finish everything off. Pull the fabric tightly around the canvas and hot glue or staple into place. Screw the knobs into place, mine were screwed straight into new support section and on the bottom directly into the canvas frame. The Brass Hooks (now black) were screwed into the left and right sides of the canvas frame equally spaced apart. Then the chain was attached using thumb tacks. To finish the edge off nicely, I used the remaining pack of thumb tacks to give it a ‘finished look.’
7 | Hang using two drywall anchors and enjoy.
I have since outgrown this particular setup and have considered making a second one for another wall. More than likely I’ll buy a larger canvas, and try some funky geometric designs.