DIY Jewelry Display – My Ikea Hack using The Stockholm Tray

I think the idea to make a DIY jewelry display is in my mind since I signed up for Pinterest in 20xx. Ok, maybe that was a bit overly dramatic but it is close. I always new I wanted to make some sort of hanging display for my earrings but didn’t quite know what I wanted or needed. I had a many ideas I walked through in my head but I never took steps to actually make them. As Mr. ♡ decided to throw out this newly bought IKEA Stockholm Tray because it didn’t quite fit in his office I snatched it up. After a few more months cluttering the apartment I finally went to work.

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Last summer I spent a day in the wood workshop with my dad. I had a couple projects I wanted to work on. It was good to have some guidance.
Here is how I went about it:

Materials you need für your DIY jewelry display

  • wooden tray
  • wooden round stick in similar wood
  • drill with matching heads
  • sanding paper
  • paint if needed
  • carpenters rule, pencil

Unfortunately for you I was so caught up in the moment I didn’t really take step by step photos. I tried to explain what I did though.

  1. I had a huge mind block when it cam to measuring where to but my rods. Still have. Can’t grab the concept here even though my dad tried to explain multiple times (he graduated with a maths and physics diploma back in the day). I don’t understand how it works apparently my mind isn’t capable. Basically I did not measure.
    Here is what you need to do: figure out where to put the first rod. It should be one in the middle section. Drill a hole but make sure not to go all the way through. Repeat on the other side. Now measure the distance. This is the length of your first stick. Due to some mathematical theory/law/whatever it will always be level.
  2. Now you only need to use a distance meter to measure where to drill the next hole. Repeat until you are done.
  3. As for the studs I simply drilled some wholes in a slat. I didn’t do a very precise job but I am ok with that. It was a bit more effort to make them fit into the ledge as I could simply drill some holes.
  4. Once done sand down a bit and simply click the rods and slats into place.
  5. I decided to paint it all white as the jewelry pops more with a clean background.
  6. You are done. Now the fun part – hanging, sorting and displaying jewelry.

I am really surprised how many I accumulated over time as I didn’t expect to own that many studs. So I already ran out of space even though I got rid o f a few.

On another note I realized I used to wear a lot of purple as I own so many in that color but hardly wear them anymore. Over all I have 81 earrings – 27 handmade by me and 7 more handmade ones from markets or by friends.

I love that I can see them all on display now and can choose in the morning which ones to wear. It’s much easier to reach for some forgotten gems.

I am really happy how this turnt out. And also I was able to cross of #56 and #61 of my 100-things-in-1001-days-list.

Do you own a DIY jewelry display or how do you keep your accessories? I am always looking for fun inspiration so feel free to share.

Happy crafting

Tobia

DIY fabric covered bracelets { Recycle Quick Tip #9 }

I’ve to admit I am not that crazy about bracelets. While I love how they look I find them rather unpractical. But maybe just because I sit on the computer all day typing away.

But every once in a while I totally need bracelets. Like now! But then – of course – I don’t find any I like or they are too small.

DIY fabric covered bracelets

So I came up with a fun idea on how to make me some. And of course I share!

What you need:

♥ Old Pringles package
♥ Fabric and leather scraps
♥ Textile glue
♥ Scissors & cutter

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Getting them done is quite easy. First cut a ring off of the Pringles tube. Make sure it’s the same heights all throughout. I found this was the hardest part of the whole project.

Now cut yourself a piece of fabric with double the width and the length as according to the ring.

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When done just glue the fabric on the outside of the tube. Make sure you place it in the middle of the ring.

When everything is dry fold in remaining fabric and glue tight. You might wanna make some cuts into the fabric s you can glue it without and folds and crinkles.

Depending on fabric you used and how neat you’ve been working you might want to cover up the seam with a ribbon or something fancy. I haven’t done so yet but might go ahead and do that later.

I found working with a woolknit was the easiest and gave the most professional look. Leather (my initial project) did not really knock me off my feet.

Now, let’s see your version!
And while you are crafting I hop over to the DIY Dreamer and check out the other DIYs.

Happy crafting

Tobia

♥ Alte Liebe ♥ Neue Liebe ♥ DIY neon earrings ♥

Na habt ihr den Valentinstag schön verbracht?
Ich habe mich gestern selbst beschenkt und endlich mal eine Idee umgesetzt, die schon eine halbe Ewigkeit in meinem Kopf umherschwirrt.

Vielleicht seid ihr bei Pinterest auch schon einmal darüber gestolpert. Nachdem ich also festgestellt habe, dass Nagellack sozusagen multitasking-fähig ist, habe ich mir die selbstauferlegte Zwangsjacke abgenommen und kaufe fröhlich Nagelack in allen Varianten…
Meine Schlüssel sind mittlerweile alle schon bepinselt.

Da fielen mir also neulich ein paar Modeschmuck-Ohringe von vor ähhh 5(?) mhm nee 10 Jahren (?) in die Hände.

Hey did you have a great Valantines Day? I got a present for myself and finally realized a project which is haunting me for quite some time. You’ve probably came across those projects on Pinterest. Well all my keys are already painted so I needed a new canvas. I came across some old earrings.

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Silber waren sie mal. Abgenutzt rockig im Vintage-Look hatte ich sie auch schon ausgeführt, aber wegwerfen? Neee irgendwie hängt mein ♥ an denen. Und wisst ihr was? Dank meiner Unmengen an Nagellack kann ich den Hängerchen nach Lust und Laune ein neues Kleid anziehen. Passend zur Kleidung, zur Handtasche, zum Schuh, zur Laune … ist DAS nicht großartig?

They used to be silver, I already wore them as rock-vintage-somehing but I just couldn’t get rid of them. And since I have way too many shades of nail polish to wear on my 20 nails I figured why not give my loved earrings a new dress. I can now have them matching my clothes, my purse, my shoes, my mood… Isn’t THAT just great? I decided to go with a neon nail polish I bought in NYC last summer.

Ich habe mich ganz im Trend des aktuellen Zeitgeist für NEON entschieden. Den Lack habe ich im vergangenen Sommer im NYC ergattert für sage und schreibe $1,99. Leider war ich mal wieder zu geizig auch die anderen Farben mitzunehmen…

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Ich habe die Ohrringe erst einmal mit Nagellackentferner gereinigt und trocknen lassen. Anschließend habe ich ein Schaschlikspieß über zwei Gläser gelegt, die Ohrringe angehängt und los gepinselt. Semioptimal. Der Lack lief logischerweise nach unten und so war der Farbauftrag etwas ungleichmäßig. Also nochmal den Nagellackentferner raus und ab damit. 
Besser ist es mit etwas Alufolie auf dem Tisch, Ohrringe darauflegen, einpinseln, trocknen lassen, umdrehen, einpinseln, trocken lassen, eventuell zweite Schicht auftragen. Ganz nebenbei entsteht noch etwas Kunst.

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First I cleaned the earrings with nail polish remover. I tried painting them while hanging. Not really working as the paint is dripping down and you get a weird shade of color. Use some foil instead, lay down the earring, paint, let dry, flip earring, paint, let dry and apply a second layer if necessary. And now check out how they look when done.

Und so sieht das ganze dann fertig getrocknet aus.

p17_neon Ohrringe_b4Mhm ich glaube ich werde noch eine dritte Schicht auftragen um die letzten unhübschen Stellen zu beseitigen. Oder ich teste eine neue Farbe….

Nun los Mädels, es gibt was zu lackieren. Viel Spaß und lasst mich wissen was ihr tolles gemacht habt. Würde mich freuen!

I think I need to apply yet another layer for a more even look. Or maybe I just go with the next color… Anyway now go and paint yourself crazy. Would love to see your results.