Thursday, January 15, 2015

Earring and Necklace Display

At last I'm finally back to blogging! It feels like I've been away for so long....
Now that moving, Thanksgiving, Christmas and the New Year are behind me, I've been excited to get working on a few projects that I want to share with you.

First up: "Saw this on Pinterest" Earring and Necklace Display, made from a .50 cent yard sale frame, a bit of craft paint, burlap and cup hooks. Not difficult, and just up my alley with my tiny budget!

This time, I was remiss on taking "before" photos, but I'm sure you've got some of the same items hanging around your house, attic or basement.  I picked up the frame at a yard sale right before Christmas, with a memory of this Pinterest pin in my head.  (Click on Amy's photo below for tutorial on Positively Splendid.)

Here's a few slight differences in mine:
* Larger frame that hangs on the wall
* Lightly distressed the frame after painting, for my favorite shabby-chic look
* Added hooks to hold necklaces
* Hot-glued around the raw edge of the burlap to prevent fraying
* No painted stencil for the embellishment

Here's a trick that I've used before:  I printed out the fleur de lis design and etc. using regular paper.  Then, I centered the paper UNDER the burlap and traced the design using a black Sharpie pen.
The little burlap bow is a Christmas decor tag I found at Target in the Dollar Spot.  I pulled off the little gold bell that it came with, and hot glued on a tiny button instead.

If you are like me, you live and learn from projects. This is what I would do differently:
1. Drill pilot holes for the hooks!  My right index finger is sore and red from twisting the cup hooks into the wood, because I didn't wait to borrow Hubs' drill.
2. Center the burlap more accurately the first time. I ended up pulling out 20 staple-gun staples, because my first attempt was WAY off!
3. Invest in a better staple gun. Our electric one jammed on me many times.

Now that I've completed this project, I feel so much more personally organized for 2015!
(If only my office/craft room would stay organized, too!)  It's great to be back, and I hope you'll continue following my journeys right here in my little corner of Blog-land.

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