"Handmade (Not Homemade)" describes the way this Denver blogger approaches her many projects in life: creating, inspiring, loving and exploring. Living life to it's fullest requires more than a rag-tag assortment of homemade theories and thrown-together decisions. But the goal is not perfection, for handmade items and actions have a slightly imperfect organic charm.


Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Jewelry Display Tutorial

I had the intention of making these frames to hold my jewelry a looooong time ago, but didn't get around to it until the New Year. Now I'm just getting around to telling you how to do it.

Aren't the frames pretty? I think they elevate even the simplest of jewelry into works of art! And the project is so easy, I think it took 15 minutes at the most.

Here's how I did it.
First, I got all my supplies. You will need:
  • however many frames you want (I got mine at Hobby Lobby. If you shop there, DO NOT BUY THEM FULL PRICE! They go on sale every couple of weeks. Look for "open back ready-made frames 50% off)
  • fabric
  • foam-core
  • box cutter or x-acto knife
  • packing tape
  • ruler
  • push pins
  • your favorite dog to keep you company

First, measure your frame opening and use a knife to cut a piece of foam-core that same size. If you have not cut foam-core before, the best technique is to use a ruler as a straight edge and make several shallow cuts with the knife. Do not try to cut through it all at once or you will not get a smooth edge. you will want to use 4-5 passes with the knife to do it.

 Then, cut a piece of your fabric and wrap one side of the foam-core like a present. Use the packing tape to secure the fabric to the back of the foam-core.

Pop the covered foam-core in the frame. Tape each corner of the frame diagonally to keep it in place. It's hard to see the tape in the picture, but it goes diagonally over the foam-core in each corner of the frame.

You're done! Now, place push pins (I used clear ones) wherever you would like to hang your jewelry.

Lean your frames against the wall above a dresser like I did, or hang them directly on the wall!

I created a pretty vignette with the frames and a necklace holder my mom gave me for Christmas. The necklace holder is pretty utilitarian, but looks fancy when paired with the frames. I added a lily-shaped dish I had on hand to hold small items like earrings, and just laid out some of my chunky bracelets to complete the look!

Have fun making your own!

1 comment:

  1. Ugghh! You just made me add another handmade thing to my to do list!