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DIY Jewelry Storage

9 Aug

I am alive I swear! I have no idea where the time has gone, but I’ve been keeping busy apparently! Anyway, I swear I’ll get better :), so here goes!

I love jewelry. In fact, I vowed to myself that I would buy more jewelry (costume jewelry of course). But since I am increasing my stock, I need more storage. Here’s what I currently have that I love:

Dessert tray turned jewelry holder

I got this bad boy for like $15 a couple of years ago from one of my favorite antique malls. Of course, when I was looking for them it took me weeks to find. Now they are on every regular store shelf. What can I say? I’m a trend setter. 😉 I wasn’t totally sure what kind of storage I wanted, so I had to go get some inspiration. Here are another couple of great ideas that I got some ideas from Pinterest… of course.

  1. Clipboard necklace display- by Dishfunctial Design
  2. Drawer pull storage- by Liz Marie
  3. Lantern- potterybarn.com
  4. Driftwood tree holder- marthastewart.com
  5. Hanging driftwood- by Teaspoonsf.com
  6. Paper towel holder turned jewelry rack- User upload/unknown
  7. Variety of picture frames- by SpearmintDecor.com

I was trying to make my holder on a budget (or nothing), so I looked around and found an old frame that I had bought a couple of years ago from Craigslist.com. I think I got 15 vintage frames, some very large, for $50. Many of them are currently displayed here in my house. So I took one that was a good size, hit it with some peacock-blue spray paint I had lying around (after a couple of layers of spray primer of course). Then I got to thinking about how I was going to attach the jewelry. I’d seen some with screen, some with fabric, some with wire. While I actually have all these things, I decided I wanted a little texture so I got out my handy twine that I used here and here as well.

Since this frame had the original nails still in the back, I just decided to use those. I got out the hot glue gun, put a little bead of glue and wrapped the twine around the nail. Now the hard part….. how to make “rows” or spots for stuff to be hung. This wasn’t the easiest thing ever, but it worked out fine. The wood was so old I couldn’t hammer more nails into the frame, so I just glued straight to the back where necessary.

I decided to keep the lines of twine in more of a random pattern. I just think it makes it look kind of fun. I’m not 100% sold on it or the color as I’m having second thoughts about my new color palate in the bedroom, but for now it works.




DIY Twine Decorative Accent Balls

23 Mar

So whenever I go visits stores with home accessories I feel like I always see these decorative balls. I mean… these things are everywhere! Me being the cheapo that I am, refuse to pay $3-6 per ball and decided that I’d make my own. I wanted to make ones that were #1 easy and #2 had texture. So I made these:

The steps for these little guys were basically the same process as the twine light fixture that I made here. These were actually slightly more tricky than the fixture because they were so small, but overall I’m pretty happy with the end result maybe not the container they are in…. that probably needs to be changed out. Anyway… on to supplies:

  • Mod Podge (I LOVE this product)
  • Gardening twine or whatever you want to use. String or yarn would work well too.
  • Ballons
  • Toilet paper roll
  • Container for glue

Not to bore you with unnecessary details, but quite simply the process was this:

  1. Mix glue with a little bit of water just to water it down slightly.
  2. Blow balloons up and place on top of cut up toilet paper roll as a “stand”. I blew them up to different sizes for a little mixture.  (PS: if you haven’t blown up a balloon up in a while, get ready. I totally forgot how hard it was to blow little balloons up! My cheeks were all sore. I’m such a baby!
  3. Cut lengths of twine long enough to manage, and one by one, place into glue/water mixture. Pull out of mixture and ring a little out (otherwise it gets a little hard to manage).
  4. Start wrapping! I wrapped most of them randomly trying to go over the blank spots. Two of them I did wrap a little different (top left of the first photo). I like that way too.
  5. After you have them wrapped, set them back on their little stands to dry overnight. The funny thing is that one of the balloons deflated in the middle of the night and the shape turned out more like an egg.
  6. Once they are dry, pop the balloons and pull them out.

That’s just about it! Like I said, it was super easy and I think it turned out really cute!

I only made 6, but since these weer actually pretty easy, I may make some more depending on the container that will be their new home. We’ll see. Have a great weekend!

Twine Light Fixture

1 Sep

Hello All! I was really tired of this light fixture in my hallway.

So I was reading some of my favorite blogs and I followed a link to another link (you get the idea) and I got some inspiration to make this bad boy.

 I ran up to my local Hobby Lobby (and $1 Store) and grabbed the items I needed. See below.

Materials needed

Any kind of twine works. I actually used some stuff I used in my garden that was a bit thicker and a bit more rough.  Then here comes the messy part.

Step1: Cut the pieces of twine into pieces pretty much as long as you can manage. Cut at least 20 or so for your first “round”. Get a container that you don’t mind throwing away and fill that up with the Mod Podge. For this little fixture I only used about half of the large one and returned the other one. Then I turned on the TV in the kitchen and I got going.
Step 2: Put a couple pieces of the twine in the glue and pull out. Use your fingers to squeez off the extra glue. And wrap around the ball or whatever item you choose. This is the hard part. It will slide and it’s pretty frustrating till you can get a good base. When you come to an end just try to tuck it under another one and use a little dab of extra glue.  

Step 3: Keep going with the twine. You may need to wash your hands off a couple of times b/c the buildup gets pretty bad.

Step 4: Once you get it prettly solid (like above), just let it sit and dry over night. Once it’s dry, poke or cut a hole in the ball. Use the eraser side of a pencil and slowly push in the ball underneath to separate the ball from the twine while the air gets let out.

Step 5: I took the old fixture from above and primed, and painted it with silver spray paint. Then put the bulb in and shove it on in. We were lucky enough to be able to just fit the top part of the light fixture into the hole where I had already cut so we didn’t have to cut another hole.

And then from that you can make this:


Ain’t it perty?