Wednesday, February 10, 2010

My First Ever Tutorial - Jewelry Organizer

This jewelry organizer is perfect for those who don't have a lot of horizontal space for their jewelry and don't have a huge amount of jewelry either. It involves no sewing or measuring, just a pair of scissors and a glue gun. So here goes with my first ever tutorial!

Materials needed:
Old unused frame(s)
Fabric scrap a bit bigger than your frame(s)
Batting scrap a bit bigger than your frame(s)
cork board (I got a 12x12 sheet at a craft store with a sticky back)
glue gun
straight pins

1. Pick out a frame. I picked diploma frames, they were being stored in one of my closets! Take out the glass and backing (but save the back, you'll need that).

2. Use the back to measure what size the cork board needs to be. Cut to size.

3. Make sure the cork fits nicely into the frame, not too loose, not too tight.

4. Pick out your fabric, and iron it, you don't want creases or wrinkles!

5. Put your cork on top of your fabric and cut about a 2" border around the cork board.

It should look like this!

6. Do the same with the batting, I used a pretty thin cotton batting on this, but I actually think a little thicker one might have worked better. Just use whatever you have on hand though.

7. Place the fabric, right side down, on a flat surface. Place the batting over that, then the cork board right side down on the batting. If it has a sticky back, take the peel off, if not, just use a glue gun for this next step. Stick (or glue) the corners down first.

8. Stick (or glue) the long edges down now, trim the corners with scissors so they're not too bulky.

9. Repeat steps 7 and 8 with the fabric layer. (In this picture I forgot to take the sticky back off, so that's why it looks different)

10. I glued the back of the frame on as well, you can do this, but you don't have to. I did, because it was cardboard and kind of flimsy.

11. Stick it in the frame and secure! (No glass)

12. Now the fun part, stick the straight pins in (get them in there good) and organize your jewelry! Make sure the pins are angled down so your earrings don't slip off. I had to be careful and put heavier necklaces balanced with heavier bracelets on either side, but if you have a sturdier frame then the one I used, it probably won't matter. I hung mine in the closet, but it's cute enough to hang in the bathroom or even the bedroom!

Hope you enjoyed this tutorial. Let me know how I did! :)


stephanie said...

very cute! and a nice tutorial, too. if i had more jewelry, i'd totally make one of those today.

Sara said...

I love it! I'm looking forward to more of your tutorials!

Holly said...

super cute, melissa. nice job!

KatieB said...

great idea, this is one tutorial i might actually use!