Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Chevron jewelry organizer

My jewelry situation is a sad mess. All of my necklaces are tangled in one giant knot (both from being clumped together and from little hands playing with them). I've been keeping all of my jewelry in an old, standing jewelry case in my bedroom, and I'm tired of looking at that big, clunky thing in the corner of my room everyday. I wanted to make something that would keep all of my jewelry organized, but look cute at the same time. Can you guess what I used?

A bulletin board! (OK, maybe it wasn't that difficult to guess...)

I originally wanted to buy a bunch of mismatched drawer pulls and drill them into my wall, but when I found this bulletin board for $6, I immediately knew what I wanted to do

To make your own chevron jewelry holder, here's what you need:

  • Bulletin Board
  • Spray paint or acrylic paint - 2 colors
  • Clear sealant
  • Foam brush
  • Nails
  • Double fold bias tape
  • Vinyl or contact paper for the stencil
  • Masking tape

Step 1: Paint your bulletin board.

First, you'll need to paint your bulletin board white. It may take a few coats to cover it completely, but make sure you have good coverage, especially over the wood frame. You'll want to paint the cork board too. Spray paint would probably be best, but it was night time and I was impatient, so I used acrylic paint instead.

Step 2: Apply your stencil.

Now, you'll need to apply your chevron stencil. I used my Silhouette to cut out a chevron design and apply it to my board, but if you don't have a craft cutter, just Google "chevron" images and then trace the pattern onto the paper backing of your contact paper, cut out, and stick to your bulletin board.

Step 3: Apply your second color. 

Next, put tape around the wooden edges of your bulletin board, right up to the cork so that when you apply your other color of paint, none gets on the wood border. Apply your second coat of paint and let dry. You will probably need several coats of your second color as well.

After your paint has dried, peel off your masking tape. As you can tell from my picture below, some of my turquoise paint leaked into my white areas. I just took a small brush and touched everything up until it looked good.

Here's what it should look like when you finish painting!

Step 4: Add nails and bias tape to hold your jewelry.

Finally, I used a ruler to evenly space my nails. I simply used a hammer to gently hammer them in without pushing them completely through the cork. From there, I just hang my necklaces on the nails.

To hold my earrings and bracelets, I folded the ends of a piece of bais tape under and hot glued them. I then placed the looped ends over a couple of nails, that's it! The earrings I just hook onto the bias tape and for the bracelets, I string them onto the bias tape and when I want one, I just take slip the end off the nail and choose the one I want.

This project turned out better than I could have hoped. I'm so glad to have a functional, pretty new jewelry organizer.

I won't even pretend that this is half of my jewelry. I might need to make myself a couple of these...

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  1. may be a silly question, when you want a piece of jewelry you just take the bias tape off the nail and voila!? I so need to make one of these!!!

    1. Good question! for the earrings, I just hang them on the bias tape and they stay just fine, so I can easily remove or replace them. For the bracelets, I string them on the bias tape and then when I need one, I unhook the end of the bias tape, take off the one I want, then loop the bias tape back on the nail. Easy!

  2. I totally thought you used fabric!! Turned out super cute!! Love it!

  3. That is so cute! Thanks for sharing the tutorial!

  4. I was just looking at my sad jewelry area yesterday and wondering how to organize it. This is awesome!! :)

  5. Super duper cute!! How creative! PS: Love those feather earrings, Jen ;)
    Thanks for sharing w/ us!

  6. Looks adorable!

    Hope you'll link up to my Monday Link party! :-)

    Mauvin' Monday Link Party


  7. it turned out great! I have no patience to paint chevron anything!

  8. This turned out great! I love the color... I just redid a lamp and a door sign in that bright turquoise!

  9. This is such a cute idea. I would love for you to Link up at my Linky party via:

    Mrs. Delightful

  10. This is gorgeous!! Would love it if you would link this up at my turquoise lovin' party!! ;)

  11. So pretty. Love chevron designs :)

    Love for you to share it at my "Made by ME" Linky Party Wednesdays :)

  12. Love it! Just pinned it! New follower. =)

  13. This looks so cool - and just what I need. My necklaces are slung over a picture corner - some have fallen down the back of my drawers : (


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