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!
I started collecting picture frames in college. None of them match (but I have already told you about my eclectic tastes in decorating). Since college I have moved about 6 times. Needless to say, many of my frames have seen better days. This particular frame had several chips across the front detracting from the overall appearance (I forgot to take a before picture). Rather than trash the frame, I decided to give it new life. Since Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, I picked a heart theme. Not exactly a genius concept, but I like it! Husband isn’t thrilled to be featured in a pink frame, but he can deal 😛 Sorry about Husband’s tongue in the picture…I have very few pictures of him without a goofy face.
On another note, I edited my instructions for the Easy Refurbished Dog Collar to include interfacing inside the collar. This will make the collar stronger and last longer!
Now, back to the picture frame…
- Picture frame
- Different colors of acrylic paint (I chose white and three shades of pink)
- Stencil with different size hearts
- Sponge brushes
- Mod Podge
- Wipe down your picture frame to remove any dirt or dust. Paint your base color on the frame. You may need to use several layers to achieve full coverage. Wait for each layer to dry completely before starting the next layer.
- Pick several different sizes of heart stencils to add variation to the frame. Start with the largest size and position it on the frame. It is ok if the heart runs off the edge a bit as long as you position it so that it still looks like a heart. Use the sponge brush to lightly apply a layer of a contrasting paint color through the stencil and onto the frame. Repeat this process with different colors on different sections of the frame. Be creative about their placements! If some of the edges of the hearts don’t come out clean you can touch them up later or paint another heart over the rough spot.
- Wait for the paint to dry and repeat step 2 with a slightly smaller size heart. You can begin overlapping some hearts using different colors of paint.
- Repeat this process for any other size hearts you wish to use. I used two smaller heart stencils.
- Wait for the paint to dry and use the base color to touch-up any misshapen hearts or stray spots of paint.
- Apply a layer of Mod Podge to seal your frame.
- Once the frame is completely dry, you can add the picture of your Valentine! Voila! Super easy and really customizable.