Sometimes projects come to me –> Case in point, my sister texted me one night and asked if I could make her something to hold her jewelry, specifically earrings and necklaces. After going through a few ideas and her needs, I came up with a plan!
Framed Burlap Jewelry Holder
What you’ll need:
- Spray paint
- Paint brush
- Sawtooth hanger & nails
To start, I needed to find the perfect frame. I needed something big enough to be able to hang a lot of earrings in, and the frame itself had to be wooden or something like it, so I could screw knobs into it. I headed to Hobby Lobby and saw a few options, but the one that caught my eye was an 11″x14″ natural wood open frame.
While I loved the frame (and the fact I could easily get knobs into it), the color wasn’t going to work in Lauren’s room, so I picked up spray paint too. I got a flat black, so it wouldn’t be too shiny — shiny wasn’t the rustic-ish look I was going for. The next day I put a few coats of spray paint on, and let it dry.
The next step was to get the burlap background ready. I wanted to use burlap since I love it, but also because there are holes in it that make for great earring holders. I cut the burlap to go on the back of the frame and used tacts to secure it. Then I pinned it down a side at a time, and made sure to pull the burlap tight.
Instead of leaving the burlap plain, I wanted to paint a little something on it to make it more customized for Lauren. I decided on doing an H for her last name — simple and classic. Burlap is pretty easy to paint and the lines made it easier to follow and keep the H perfectly straight and even.
The last step was adding knobs on the bottom to hang necklaces from. I found some knobs at Hobby Lobby and had Hunter shorten the screws on the back of them with wire cutters since they were too long. Wire cutters are probably the worst way to cut these since they take a lot of strength ( wasn’t close to getting one cut), and don’t always cut straight — so I had to do a little trimming and filing to get them flat.
Why go through the trouble of shortening the screws? Well if they stay too long, then they’ll push the frame off the wall, so you want them as short as possible with enough room to get the washer and nut on. I drilled 4 holes a few inches apart, and then screwed in the knobs.
Finally, I added a sawtooth hanger on the back so Lauren could hang it on her wall. Done and done!
Now I have to figure out the best way to ship this up to Boston (cue the Dropkick Murphys, ha). Hope you like it, Lauren!