while i don’t consider myself a huge jewelry person, i have been adding items to the jewelry box lately. the addition of a few new pieces over the holidays made my little handmade jewelry box overflow, and i caught the cat digging items out and batting them around the bedroom a few too many times. i didn’t want to make another box, because earrings and necklaces usually gets lost in the bottom. i needed to make something that would allow me to easily see my pieces otherwise i forget i have them!
i wanted to make something that i could hang my necklaces on, and it needed to be out of the reach of the cat, so necklace “trees” on the dresser weren’t an option. i contemplated hanging a wire horizontally and using binder clips… but didn’t love it. while i was doing dishes, i looked up at my fish mobile that hangs from the ceiling with a cup hook, and the light bulb struck: a painted board with cup hooks is what i need. details and how-to after the jump…
- a base (i bought a 1″ x 4″ x 4′ maple board at menards)
- cup hooks
- mitre box and hack saw, if you need to cut down a board
- paints, glue, papers
- gloss medium & varnish (or gel matte medium)
1. determine the length of your rack. (i made mine 16 inches long, to fit on a narrow wall that’s between my closet and doorway.) mark your board at the desired length, and cut it using a mitre box and hack saw. (or ask around and see if a friend with a mitre saw can help you out. a mitre box and hack saw will set you back $20 at the most, and i do use them quite a bit – they’re a good investment.)
2. drill the holes for hanging. do this step before you cover the board – that way you don’t risk ruining the paint/paper work you’ll be doing next. before i drilled the holes, i measured one inch from the “top”, and then 4 inches in from the left and right edges. i drew lines, and drilled 2 holes at the intersections. hopefully the holes will be level, and by having exact measurements, you’ll know exactly where to put nails into the wall for hanging. drill the holes about halfway through. if you accidentally go through the whole way, you can always cover the holes with paper!
3. figure out your composition. i had some floral paper scraps i wanted to use, and i also wanted to use some acrylics for solid colors. i placed the paper on the board and figured out where it would go, then made some pencil lines to guide my painted areas.
4. paint! i placed my board on a plastic container, which allowed me to paint the front and the edges without lifting the board. i wanted a shiny finish, so i added some gloss medium to the acrylic before painting.
5. once the paint is completely dry, glue down your paper. i applied the glue directly to the front of the board, then placed my paper. (the brown and yellow flowered paper was really thin, so i used a bone folder to carefully press out air bubbles.) then i folded the paper over the edges and glued those down. lastly, i glued on 2 circles of wood grain paper on the red painted area (sorry, no pictures of this step!)
6. once the paper was dry, i brushed gloss medium over the entire piece, to protect the paper and give the rack a polished look. you could also use gel matte medium, if you don’t want your rack to be shiny.
7. after the last coat was dry, i created a template for drilling the holes for the cup hooks. i cut a piece of paper that was 16 inches long, by 4 inches high. then i made a line 1-1/8″ from the top, and another 1-1/8″ from the bottom. vertical lines were drawn every 2 inches. i used an awl to mark the holes on the front of the board.
8. drill your holes. my cup hook package helpfully suggested a 3/16″ drill bit to start the holes. i drilled about a quarter inch in, then screwed in the cup hooks. i needed to use a pliers to get in the last few turns.
9. mark your wall according to the measurements used to drill the hanging holes in step #2. gently pound in nails, then hang your new necklace rack! yay!