June 05, 2018
Just about a year ago, I pinned this photo of my jewelry being displayed at a boutique here locally in Cincinnati. Since then, I’ve had so many questions about where I purchased the displays! And because I made them and had so many people asking, I decided to write up a quick little tutorial.
Since we’re moving downtown to a much smaller place, I thought these would be great to hang in our walk in closet; just to display the inventory I have available for FENNOfashion. While the displays created for my closet aren’t quite as pretty, they’re made the same way. Meaning, you can just adapt the process to make any color or sized DIY jewelry display that fits your exact needs.
Here’s what you’ll need:
What to do:
First prep your frames to paint. If they had some sort of artwork in them (see the three I scored all for $5 at St. Vincent De Paul pictured below… they definitely needed prep work!) You want to get your frames to a point where it’s just the solid frame; no art, glass or the paper on the back.
Once you have the frames ready to be painted, go ahead and spray paint them your desired color using the directions on the spray paint can.
I had brown and black frames, so it took about 3 – 5 coats of spray paint to get the frames completely white. While I was waiting for the paint to dry on the frames, I went ahead sprayed the unfinished wood slates and dowel rods.
Let’s talk about the large earring display first:
You’ll need a drill bit that’s just a tad smaller than the dowel rods you plan to use.
Measure out how far apart you’d like the dowels to be. I kept mine pretty close as I want the display to hold as many earrings as possible. If I was actually using these particular frames as a display, I might space the dowel rods out a little bit more.
Drill your holes on the backside of the frame where the glass would sit. Once you have the holes drilled, cut the dowel rods to fit securely into the holes. My husband used wire cutters to size down the dowel rods. Whatever works, you know? Add a little wood glue to each end secure the dowel rods in the freshly drilled holes. The picture above helps describe these steps.
Because I underestimated how many dowel rods I’d need, some are still the natural wood color in the pictures, but I painted over them once they were set in place.
The Necklace & Bracelet Display
The same principles apply when making the bracelet and necklace display. You’ll want to measure out how far apart you need the wood slats. Again, I’d probably spread them out a little if I was using this as a display and not something just to hold my inventory.
Once you have the wood slats measured, use a little hand saw to make them the length you need so they’ll fit securely within the frame. Hot glue them in place.
If you’d like to add “C” hooks, measure out how far apart you want them. Drill a hole where each hook will go using a drill bit just a tad smaller then the diameter of the “C” hook. From there, they should will just screw right in – not hand tools necessary.
The last step is to add the saw-tooth hangers to the back of the frame so they can easily hang on the wall. Packages of saw-tooth hangers come with the small nails, so all you’ll need to do is hammer them into the back of the frames.
The finished product:
Thoughts? Questions? Feel free to leave a comment! Or you can send me an email: Megan@MEGANFENNO.com 💕
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