I have a lot of jewelry. Specifically, I have a lot of necklaces. And until yesterday, they were all in a tiny plastic drawer. And I would have a frustration attack every day when I decided I wanted to wear one of them. They were all in one huge tangled mess. That doesn’t do much for my ‘get-ready-just-in-time-to-pour-coffee-and-run-out-the-door’ mornings. I probably should’ve set my alarm for 10 minutes earlier just to untangle the necklace choice of the day.
A couple weeks ago, we were cleaning our home for some wonderful visitors to stay the weekend. In the process, we found an old round particle board table that was missing a leg. We were going to just throw the whole thing away (did I mention we got trash pick-up at our home??) but I decided to keep the round top for a rainy day craft project. Yesterday wasn’t a rainy day, but… I used it to make a necklace holder. It was pretty easy and I’m very happy with how it turned out. Here’s how you can make one too:
You need: any shape any size any kind of wood for the actual foundation, enough batting to cover the wood twice, fabric to cover once, staple gun & staples, knobs, drill, and a hot husband with a dremel tool. If you don’t have that last part, you can borrow mine, but only for the dremel tool part. Sorry, he’s too handsome and wonderful for me to let him go that easily!
Step 1: Stretch the first layer of batting around the wood and staple gun it like crazy. I had never used a staple gun, so I really went at it.
Step 2: Repeat step 1 with the other layer of batting.
Step 3: Repeat this with the fabric, making sure that the right side is facing out
Step 4: Find your hunk and bat your eyelashes really dramatically and ask him to drill you some holes. In my case, it was at about 8:30 am on a Saturday, so you may need to throw in some smooches and pancakes.
Step 5: Drill holes (plan ahead on where you want your knobs to be located). This part can be more difficult than it sounds because the fabric will wind around the drill. Just go slow and hold it down with your other hand. You may need to do a little forward-reverse-forward-reverse action.
Step 6: Switch the backing on your knobs so that there is room to hang some necklaces.
Step 7: Screw in your knobs, and put the washer and nut on the back. If you are like me and bought awesome knobs with REALLY long screws on the back, you will need to do some more eyelash batting and get your hunka hunka burning love to do something kind’ve dangerous (see Step 8).
Step 8: Using a dremel tool, cut the extra screw length sticking out the back off. You have to do this so it lays flat against the wall. Please be careful and don’t burn anything.
Step 9: Attach some sort of hanging device on the back, put a nail in the wall, and hang it up.
Step 10: Hang your necklaces.
And just in case you’re asking yourself ‘What will Lindsay and Josh be eating for dinner?’ Here’s a visual answer for you: