Friday, August 6, 2010

Craft Time ~ Make your Own Fabric Jewelry Board!

So...we all have TONS of amazing jewelry, right?? The issue is - where do we put it so that it is easy to access and you can actually see everything you have. It's annoying, right?! Well, problem solved! Fabric Boards are very easy to make, quite inexpensive & a great way to display all your beautiful jewelry!!

Our friends got together for a "Lets Get Crafty" night. The night began with a shopping trip & then we put our creative heads together.....the result= amazing jewelry boards & a fabulous time spent with girlfriends!

Here's what you need:
  • Fabric - ranges in price from $2-$15/yard - shouldn't need more than 1 yard... **try to go with something neutral to let the jewelry stand out
  • Cork Board - around $7-$9 - comes in many different shapes & sizes and is very sturdy to hold even heavy necklaces
  • Pins - around $3 - we prefer metal T-Pins as they seem to be stronger than traditional push-pins
  • Fabric Batting - around $9 - enough for at least 2 boards - optional - gives the board a softer look

  • Ribbon/Buttons - around $2-$4 - also optional - can add a little something extra to the board

  • Glue Gun

  • Stapler
Here's how you do it:
  • Glue the Batting or Fabric to the corkboard frame
  • Staple the Fabric to the back of the corkboard, so that it is pulled tight across the front
  • Customize by adding Ribbon and/or Buttons

For the cost of around $15, you can make a fun Fabric Board for all your jewelry!!

Now that we have a great way to display necklaces & bracelets, what about Earrings?? Well, we've got you covered here too! Lace stretched over a frame is a beautiful way to showcase your favorite earrings & is extremely easy to make.

Here's what you need:

  • Frame - any size, any shape

  • Lace - although it can be a little expensive (at least $9/yard), you only need a small amount

  • Glue Gun

Here's how you do it:

  • Remove the Back & Glass from the frame

  • Stretch the lace over the back side & glue to the frame

Note: it is best to display your lightest weight earrings on this to prevent the lace from ripping. If you have lots of heavier earrings, it would be better to use a stronger mesh instead of delicate lace.

If you want a larger, sturdier earring holder, purchase a larger frame and then use SCREEN-from a hardware store. This way, you can hang any and all earrings from it--no matter the weight. (We recommend a simpler frame when using the lace-as that is the focus, but with the screen or mesh, a more intricate & detailed frame is best!)

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