Saturday, 29 September 2012

DIY - Turn an old Frame into a Chic Jewellery Organiser

As much as we love 'oohing and awing' the gorgeous work of Irish design here on This is Álainn, I thought it'd be fun to help you flex those creative muscles and embrace your inner makers. So I've enlisted the help of craft queen extraordinaire Emily Westbrooks of wonderful lifestyle blog From China Village.

Once a month Emily has kindly agreed to share with us some of her nifty tips and tricks in this new DIY series on This is Álainn and to
kickstart things off in her first post she shows us how to turn an old frame into a chic jewellery organiser. Simples!

"There's nothing worse than knowing exactly which necklace will dress up the perfect outfit, only to be met with a tangled ball of strings and beads when you go to put it on. I searched long and hard for a stylish jewellery organiser that would keep my necklaces from ending up in a tangled mess, but to no avail. I finally decided to make one for myself - and I'm so glad I did! With minimal tools, time and skills, I turned an ugly frame into a chic jewellery organiser."
[Emily Westbrooks]

What you'll need
  • Frame (you'll want something sturdy with enough space to screw in the hooks)
  • Pliers /wire cutters (mine are cheap jewellery pliers - a great tool to have for many projects!)
  • Paint (the sample pots at Woodie's DIY are more than enough and come in great colours!)
  • Paint brush
  • Glue gun
  • Garden mesh
  • Screw-in hooks 


[Photo's by Emily Westbrooks]

What to do
  1. Use the pliers to take out any staples on the frame. The frame I used had staples holding in the ugly picture.
  2. Use a damp cloth to wipe any dust off the frame.
  3. Paint 2-3 coats of paint onto the frame. Just let the paint dry in between.

  4. Cut the mesh with the wire cutters so that the piece of mesh fits just inside the frame.
  5. Attach the mesh to the frame using hot glue - simply dab the glue on top of the mesh in a few spots on each side of the frame.
  6. Hold the mesh down while the hot glue dries completely, just a minute or two.
  7. Flip the frame over and screw in the hooks along a flat part of the frame. If your frame is made of very hard wood, you might want to start a hole using a thumb tack.
  8. Once the hooks are screwed in, your jewellery organiser is finished! Hang necklaces and bracelets on the hooks and store your earrings by hanging them on the mesh. 

You'll never be caught untangling a big ball of necklaces or searching for the second in a pair of earrings again! [Emily Westbrooks - ]

Thanks Emily, look forward to next months!


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