As a jewelry designer who enjoys multiple ways of channeling my creativity — and admittedly, someone who doesn’t want to shell out a lot of money on expensive jewelry busts — one of my favorite activities is to visit my local Goodwill and rummage around and see what discarded items I can transform into beautiful jewelry displays.
I’d like to think it’s a combination of frugality and ingenuity mixed with a desire to give new life to something that might otherwise have been thrown away,
Over the years I have made several of my own jewelry displays to use at craft shows and home, from an old CD rack to painted wine bottles.
By far, my favorite material to use is old picture frames.
There is so much you can do with them, and they offer a large amount of surface area to display jewelry without taking up too much space. You can hang them up or prop the against a wall or add a little flourish with a pretty display stand.
Today I’m going to show you how you how I used a picture frame, an old pillowcase, and some foam board to make a beautiful jewelry display for both my shows and at home.
To make your display you will need:
- A picture frame
- Piece of foam board that is at least the size of the picture frame
- Piece of fabric bigger than the frame (in this case, I used an old pillowcase)
- Ruler & X-acto knife OR scissors
Before you get started, make sure the fabric is free of wrinkles, so iron it out if need be.
Trace a piece of foam board so that it will fit snugly inside the frame.
You can either use scissors to cut along the lines, or use a ruler and guide an X-acto knife to cut it.
Lay the piece of foam board over the piece of fabric so that there is a bit of extra fabric around each edge of the foam board (1/2 inch on all edges should be sufficient). Glue two adjacent sides of the fabric to what will be the back side of the foam board. (I just used basic white Elmer’s glue.)
Once it has dried, pull the fabric taut and glue the two remaining edges.
Once it is dry, pop it into the frame with the fabric part facing forward. If there are tabs in the back of the frame, bend them down to keep the fabric-covered foam board secure. Otherwise, you can tape the back so it will stay in securely.
Hang it up, prop it against a wall, or stick it in a stand, and you’re set to go! I used jewelry u-pins to hang the jewelry from, but any decorative push pins will work.
I am so loving this tutorial! I always like to find new ways to hang my necklaces so they don’t get tangled in the jewelry box! You can see more of Bev’s amazing projects over at Linkouture: Musings on the Creative Side of Life or connect on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram