I saw this awesome jewelry hanger on Just Thought I’d Share about a week ago. This made me think about my poor jewelry hanging out in one giant ball in the top drawer of my dresser. Most of the time I am too lazy or crunched for time to bother pulling them apart to actually wear something! I’ve been thinking for a long time that I needed some sort of jewelry box, but I just hadn’t bought/found/made one.
Then I saw this fantastic idea! A frame that displays all of your jewelry on hooks! Like art! Something to sort my jewelry and decorate my walls at the same time? Fabulous! I had to make one right away!
I immediately headed for my icky-looking frame collection and found a large metal frame that used to hold my sorority composites while I was in college. The edge was starting to rust, so it needed some sort of refinishing. This is where I ran into trouble. I really didn’t want to purchase anything specifically for this project so that ruled out spray paint or some sort of primer. My first attempts at just painting over the frame with a silver acrylic were a definite fail. Then I attempted some sort of refinish like my fabric covered frame from a few weeks ago. Another fail. Nothing wanted to stick to this ugly frame! Eventually I settled on a layer of tacky glue and then fabric clamped down (with about 100 paper clips) overnight until it dried into position. It still didn’t want to stick, but when the backing was added to the frame, it stayed in place nicely!
After my experiences, I would highly recommend a different frame (this was a pretty ugly frame to begin with) or a purchase of primer as the original instructions described!
I settled on old jeans to cover the frame and a scrap of a suiting fabric my cousin gave me a while ago. This was a relatively easy project except for my whole frame fiasco! I am very pleased with the results and wear my jewelry a lot more frequently! I highly recommend it!
How do you draw a circle using only straight lines? Tangent lines! Ok, so math dork humor aside, string art looks pretty cool, is easy to create, and is a very forgiving medium.
- A wood base (you can use scrap wood or purchase a wood plaque at your local craft store)
- Paint (optional)
- 1 inch nails (you will need quite a few of these depending on the size of your project)
- Embroidery floss in various colors
- Hanging kit
- If you want to paint the wood base, start with this step. If not, move onto the next. Natural wood can be just as beautiful as painted wood, so this is your judgment call. If you choose to paint the wood, allow it to dry fully before moving on to the next step.
- Decide what sort of pattern you want to create. Basic string art begins with circles or straight lines. You can run an internet search for string art to see all of the different options out there. I will show how to create the string art shown at the top of this page, which is made up entirely of straight lines. This picture shows a circle base.
- Draw your desired pattern on the wood. You may choose to trace a bowl or plate for the circle or use a ruler for the straight lines.
- Hammer nails into the wood along the lines. I positioned the nails about 1/2 inch apart (my project is roughly 16 x 12 inches). You may choose to space them farther apart for a larger project or closer together for a smaller project. Do not hammer the nails all the way into the wood. You need to leave enough nail sticking out to tie string around.
- Tie the embroidery floss on your starter nail with a square knot and start weaving the string around the nails. When you are finished with one string, tie it to a nail, but do not cut the string. The fantastic thing about string art is that you can take off the string at any point and start over if you do not like the direction you are headed.
- Continue adding different colors of thread until you are pleased with the results. Trim the excess thread.
- Install the hanging kit as per the manufacturer’s instructions and proudly display your art!(Note: the last string art was completed by a friend of mine)
This fun project allows you to “paint” a meaningful word on your wall without …um… paint! The materials are also recycled!
- Cardboard (I used cereal boxes, but you can use a thicker cardboard if you prefer)
- Glue (I used tacky glue, but any sort of paper glue should work)
- Mod Podge (or your sealer of choice)
- Hangers and nails (I made hangers out of pieces of index cards with holes punched in them)
- The first thing you need to do is choose a word! You can pick an inspirational word, name, monogram, letter, or even a whole phrase if you’re feeling ambitious! Now you need to decide what you want your word to look like. Try typing your selection into a word processor and testing different fonts to see if one strikes your fancy. Be sure to choose a font with wide enough letters to be able to glue color to them.
- Once you have chosen your font, it is time to draw your lettering on the cardboard. If you chose a cursive font like I did, don’t worry about fitting the entire word on one piece of cardboard. You can glue the pieces together before moving on to the next step. Feel free to print your letters and glue them to the cardboard if you do not want to draw them. Now you need to cut the letters out. A box cutter or utility knife can be helpful (but not necessary) at this point.
- Time to gather your color! Flip through old magazines and cut out any clips of color you may like. Glue the clippings onto the cardboard letters in a pattern you find appealing. It is ok if some of the clippings overlap the cardboard. You can trim these or fold them around the back.
- When you have thoroughly covered the cardboard, allow the glue to dry. Coat the entire front of the word with a layer of Mod Podge. Allow to dry before moving on to the next step.
- Now its time to affix the hangers. I cut out strips index cards about 2″ x 1″ and punched a hole in the top half of it. I then glued the strips to the back of my letters with the hole at the top. When the project is complete, you can hammer nails through these holes to hang it! Coat the entire back (including the hangers) with Mod Podge and allow to dry.
- Repeat layers of Mod Podge on each side until satisfied. I have 3 layers on each side.
- Hang your word and enjoy!