Search Google for crafty DIY jewelry storage and you are likely to see tons of hollowed out frames over mesh screens. While re-inventing my closet, I thought to myself, there has got to be another way. The screen-in-frame thing is nice, but it is overdone.
I took a walk through Hobby Lobby (a craft store the size of Walmart) and discovered a few interesting and new ways to hang my costume jewelry.
For fishhook earrings, studs, and necklaces here's what I used:
A. Styrofoam- $7 for a 11x14" rectangle
B. Needlepoint cloth- $5 a roll
C. 14" Quilting hoop- $15
D. Clear coat $5 (to seal the Styrofoam and prevent it from crumbling)
E. Spray paint $4
Also not pictured, superglue and t pins seen below:
To start, I spray painted the quilting hoops black and the Styrofoam with clear coat. I then traced the larger (necklace) hoop on the Styrofoam and cut it with a knife so it fits inside the hoop.
I added the fabric to each hoop making it as tight as possible. (I hot glued the edges so they didn't stick out.) Then added the foam to the back of the large hoop. (A little hot glue is helpful here too.) The earrings do not need foam as they can simply hang on the fabric.
For the necklace loop, I added t pins dipped in superglue, and pressed them firmly into the foam.
Voilà! So simple and effective. You can style them in any color using any fabric. I chose a simple backdrop of white because it allows the jewelry to be the focus.
What do you think?
(Images: Tanya Lacourse)