DIY Upcycled Jewelry Box and Handmade Necklaces

Hello! I have a few minutes and needed a distraction from the many things still going on that are keeping me from doing much crafting of late, so I found myself digging through the older posts that have been pining away in my ‘drafts’ folder for ages. I think you’ll find this one interesting:

Occasionally I get requests from family for crafty solutions. Recently, mom asked me to cover a box that came with makeup in it and had a magnetic closure. She was using it for her jewelry and was tired of looking at the advertising. I hunted around my stash (aka hoard) for some paper that went with her bedroom decor and came across this cool DCWV adhesive fabric paper that I’d won from Christi’s Art Without Anxiety blog ages ago. (Thanks again, Christi!!) Fabric would give a nice, luxurious texture to the box and already adhesive backed is a huge plus!!

What I didn’t know is that what felt like heavy fabric was really the thick backing for the adhesive. The fabric was actually thin, almost like Washi tape. Since I needed to cover up the advertising, I just laid down some of the solid colors first. It took two layers to cover it well enough, but since it was adhesive, it went quickly.

I even pulled the decorative ribbon off of the paper packaging and used it… nothing goes to waste around here! I got those strings of pearl flowers over a decade ago at a garage sale. I think you’re getting the picture that I am S-L-O-W to use up my supplies.

The bottom of the box had a nice square of rose-gold foiling, but there was propaganda inside the square. so I just covered the inside right up to the foiling. The cloth paper also gives it some grip so it doesn’t slip around on mom’s dresser as much.

The inside of the box was already finished with a nice plain peach paper, so I just lined the bottom with a piece of Kunin eco-fi Classicfelt that I won from them ages ago – Thanks Kunin!!! (It amazes me that this felt is made from recycled plastic bottles… you’d never know it to feel it!!).

Materials used:

  • DCWV Adhesive Fabric Paper (Blue stack) (Christi from Art Without Anxiety 18 months ago)
  • Kunin Group eco-fi Rainbow Classicfelt – Walnut Brown (2016)
  • Sookwang Scor-Tape
  • E6000 adhesive
  • Misc strand of pearl flowers
  • Ellen Tracy makeup box with magnetic closure

Now… What to put inside this sweet little box? Well, she had a lovely long strand of black pearls her sister had given her, but they were too long, so I re-strung them and took the extras and made a matching necklace and earrings for her… 

And she had recently admired this pink necklace I’d made, so it went in the box, too…

She was tickled pink! I hope you’ve liked seeing it, too. Thanks for stopping by today!

Until the next time I can root through those dust drafts from last year for another post,

– D.Ann

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pps… As far as our current trials go, no real updates since I last reported. Dad meets again with the radiation oncologist at UM Sylvester next week. We’re hoping that means they’re progressing and about ready to schedule him. Thanks, again, for all your well wishes!! Stay safe and wash those hands!! : )

DIY Wall Mounted Jewelry Storage Cabinet

Hello, my crafty peeps!

Since January is the month folks seem to organize, today the whim takes me to showing you a relatively inexpensive way to DIY a place to store your jewelry… handmade or store bought. I always liked the idea of wall mounted jewelry storage cabinets, but they tend to be pricey, running $200 and up. So, when I found some frames on clearance at the local craft store for less than $5, I decided to make my own.

And, yes, all except 3 of the necklaces and a few of the bracelets, rings and earrings were made by me.

Here’s what the back looked like before they were mounted…

Since the outer frame is an inch wider than the inner frame, the mounting brackets don’t show. A hinge was added to join the two frames:

However, the size and weight of the outer frame with jewelry on it required something to be devised to keep it from sagging. I went to the engineer in the family (dad) and he came up with an easy solution…

This roller door latch is perfect for holding it up and keeping it shut! Go dad!

And, yes, becuase this is the back of that frame, you can see the joint connection. I could fill it in and paint it, but it’s on the inside and only you and I are ever going to see it! lol! I ordered the ‘roller catch’ from an RV auto parts store as the ones at the hardware stores were too wide. (Two were less than $3) The shut latch:

For the inside, I used some Command wall hangers… press and stick = easy peasy! But for the outside, I wanted to use some door knobs I’d gotten from the clearance bin at the craft store and some drawer pulls I got from Lowes. More on that in a moment. I put a burlap matboard (on clearance 3 for $1) in the frame and we drilled holes to mount the hardware, leaving this ugly looking backing showing on the inside…

Enter some double sided tape and craft paper and, even though it’s only seen by you and me, it looks a whole lot better, don’t’cha think?!

The most expensive thing in making this were the drawer pulls that I got from Lowes… enabler alert: If you open a Lowe’s charge card, they give you a $30 discount off your first purchase. (No, I don’t work for Lowe’s!) So, my total hardware cost, including the hinges and brackets was about $30. Making the total cost for TWO jewelry storage cabinets about $60-70!! A far cry from $200 each!!

On this one I added the cabinet cup pulls turned upside down:

Yes, all of this jewelry was handmade by me, too, except for a couple of the bracelets.

I hope that gave you some ideas and you picked up some tips on how you can easily and affordably make your own jewelry storage cabinets.

I’m glad you stopped by today. I always love hearing from you!!

~D.Ann

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