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Jewelry Organizer Giveaway and Tutorial

Tired of handmade gifts that look a little too handmade? Here is a step by step DIY Jewelry Organizer that will impress all your friends. The best part is, we are GIVING THIS ONE AWAY! Subscribe to our blog between now and 1/5/2015 and you will be automatically entered to win this gorgeous jewelry organizer! (No purchase necessary, will ship to US or Canada only.) However, you can also follow this tutorial to make your own Jewelry Organizer:

Supplies/Tools:

  • Wooden Frame
  • Metal Mesh (Available at Home Depot or Hobby Lobby)
  • 5 Decorative Knobs (Available at Hobby Lobby)
  • Acrylic Craft Paint
  • Foam Brush
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Scissors
  • Staple Gun
  • Drill
  • Drill Bit
  • Wire/Bolt Cutter (Available at Home Depot)
  • Wood Glue
  • Ruler
  • T-Square (optional)
  • Self-Stick Rubber Pads (optional) (Available at Michaels)
  • Hanging Clips (optional) Available at participating Michaels store.

Step 1:

Measure the knobs out evenly to determine where to drill the holes for the knobs, and mark it with a pencil. If you have a T-Square, use it to help ensure that your marks are perfectly aligned.

Step 2:

When I originally made this, I drilled all the way through and used a spade bit to make space for the nut on the back. BUT, afterwards, I determined there was an easier way, which I’m going to tell you how to do now:

Attach the drill bit to your drill. With the frame secured in place, hold the drill so that it is perpendicular to the frame and drill only half way through. This way, when you screw in the knobs the ends will not poke out the back of the frame.

{ TIP: WHAT DRILL BIT SIZE DO I USE? Use a drill bit size that is slightly smaller than the width of the screw in the knob. You can determine this by putting the bottom end of a drill bit up to the bottom of the screw to compare. See diagram below.}

Step 3:

Now, we’re ready to paint! One of the things I love about acrylic craft paint is that there are many colors to choose from so you can usually find the color you need without having mix them. I used Folk Art’s Chocolate Brown Metallic Acrylic Paint for Multi-Surfaces. Begin by covering the front of the frame and the sides with one coat of paint brushed in the direction of the grain of the wood. For the second and third coats, use the foam brush a dab the paint on the frame. This will give it a fun texture and a cool look!

Step 4:

With the frame face down, lay out the mesh wire and mark it with a pen where the cuts should be made. {Be careful, the edges are sharp!} Cut the mesh, and use a staple gun to hold it in place. Do not get to close to the edge with the staple gun, otherwise the staples will poke out the front.

Use something flat and thin to push the edges of the mesh down if it extends beyond the staples. Then, generously use the glue gun to secure the mesh to the frame and cover any sharp edges.

Step 5:

Although it can depend on the knobs you buy, more than likely you will need to cut down the screw so it is not poking out the back of your frame. With your frame laying down, but hanging over the edge of a table/desk. Hold the first knob up to the frame to determine where it should be cut and mark it.

Next, use a bolt cutter that is tough enough to make the cut. I used a Multi-Purpose 6-in-1 Tool that includes a bolt cutter and it worked great. If you are unsure whether or not you have a tool that will work, refer to the links in the supply list to learn about what I used.

Continue this process for all of your knobs. Once you are done, add a little bit of wood glue in each hole, and then screw each knob into place.

{ TIP: WHAT KNOBS SHOULD I BUY? Out of the five knobs I picked out, two of them had screws that entered through the top of the knob, and I found this made it difficult when screwing them in. It’s not impossible, they are just not as tight as I would have liked. So, next time, I would try to stick to knobs where the screw is attached so you can just turn the knob to screw it in.}

Step 6:

Technically, you are done, but it’s all about the details! Since this will be hanging on your wall, I highly recommend purchasing the self-stick rubber pads to put on the back corners of the frame so the wood does not scratch your walls.

In addition, you can purchase hanging clips, which will enable you to hang additional jewelry anywhere you want on the mesh. (Also, highly recommended! I purchased these from Michaels. They were located in their craft organization and storage section)

BONUS PROJECT: (The Kid Version)

Choose a smaller frame, and instead of using metal mesh, use the plastic mesh that’s used for cross stitching. I painted the plastic mesh because the pinks didn’t match, but painting the mesh is completely optional. When you cut the mesh to size it for the frame opening, there are no rough edges so you don’t need to use the glue gun, you can secure it using the staple gun only. All of the steps are the same as above.

REMEMBER, You don’t have to wait to make one to have one! ENTER TO WIN by subscribing to our blog between now and 1/5/15 and you will be automatically entered for a chance to win the Jewelry Organizer shown in this blog entry (not the kid version). Please note, the jewelry shown is not included. No purchase necessary, but the winner will need a US or Canadian shipping address. The winner will be contacted by 1/9/15 via email.

Every piece of this project was purchased at a local hardware store and local craft stores, but the majority can be purchased online, if not all. Use this project to WOW your friends and family with a homemade gift that will leave them in Aw.

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