Monday, August 9, 2010

DIY Frame Jewelry Hanger - Recycler!

Hola amigas y amigos!  I've been seeing this really fun project around on various blogs and finally got all my peices in place to give it a try on my own.  I wanted to post the blogs I had seen originally but I cannot find my links!! So leave a comment about similar projects if you've tried or if you've seen them around.
My recycled picture frame jewelry holder!
On to the meat and potatoes (not actually my thing.. I'm evolving unintentionally to vegetarianism).  I have needed a place to put all the jewelry that's been in separate piles on my dresser.  I thought about buying a large jewelry box, but those are expensive!  Then I stumbled upon the great idea of using a picture frame and chicken wire to create a beautiful wall hanging jewelry holder.  Pretty and functional.. si! por favor!

Materials and Tools
-old picture frame
-100 grit sandpaper
-your choice of spray paint
-your choice of fabric or scrapbook paper a little larger than the inside of your frame
-Modge Podge
-foam brush to apply Modge Podge
-chicken wire
-wire cutters
-hot glue & hot glue gun
-staple gun & staples

Step 1:  Find your frame at a local Goodwill, Salvation Army, or other nifty thrifty store!  I got mine for .99 cents!
Step 2:  Remove backing and glass from the frame.  I used the glass in this project for attaching the fabric, but I didn't use the backing again.  I am, however, hanging on to it- never know if you'll need it!

Step 3:  Sand the frame to rough up the surface so the spray paint has something to stick to.  It's always nice to have a little helper!
**HINT:  If you are re-doing an item, ALWAYS sand the surface of whatever you will be painting.  It gives the paint something to grab on to and you'll have less gobs and drips.

Step 4:  (no photo) Choose your spray paint and have at it!  I used Rustoleum 2x Cover Heirloom White.  I like the amount of color it gives for the first coat.  I only had to use one coat to get full coverage on my frame.  Too-ra-la!
**HINT:  When spray painting, make sure you don't get too close to the thing at which you're aiming.  That will cause drips and gobs, which means sanding the whole thing to be even and trying another coat! To get an even coat, you want to be about 10 inches away from the object.  You can always add another coat, but waiting for it to dry then sanding and re-doing takes more time and is not as fun.

Step 5:  If you'd like to get than worn, antique-y look, sand the edges and parts of the surface of your frame.  I love the cottage, beachy, worn look this gives.  You can sand as much or as little as you want to get precisely your vision.  If you do too much, you can always spray paint again! 

Step 6:  (no photo)  Use your choice of fabric or scrapbooking paper to cover the glass that came with the frame.  I used the brown paisley fabric leftover from my end table re-do and modge-podge'd it onto the glass.  Unlike the end table project, I didn't add a top coat of modge podge to the fabric.  You can if you'd like, I just didn't bother since I wasn't using it as a surface.

Step 7:  (no photo)  While your modge-podge is drying, measure the inside shape of the frame and use the measurement to cut the shape out of chicken wire.  Greer lent me his wire cutters in the middle of his own project so I could cut up the chicken wire.  I used the chicken wire as a graph and just laid it over the frame to get a ballpark idea of size.  When I had my approximate rectangle cut down, I used the wire cutters to trim the chicken wire to the exact size that would fit in the front of the frame

Step 8:  (no photo)  I decided to attach the wire in the front of the frame to give some space between the wire and backing so I could add some S-Hooks.  I used a staple gun to secure the chicken wire rectangle in place.  I cut the wire so particularly and stapled just so in order to make it appear that the chicken wire is just there in the frame.  I didn't want it to look like I just haphazardly stapled chicken wire to cover a frame!  But it's your project... you do what YOU want!

Step 9:  (no photo)  When the covered glass modge-podge is dry, use a hot glue gun to secure it in place back in the frame.  Have fun picking at the dried hot glue off your table!  (I didn't care about my surface, so I enjoy doing this haha!  If you have a surface you care about, cover the surface with newspaper!!)

And now you have a frame jewelry holder!  I absolutely love how it turned out, along with the fact that I can see the surface of my dresser!  

I just hook my earrings right on to the chicken wire.  I hung some S-Hooks on the chicken wire for necklaces, bracelets and rings.  I got these for .99 cents each at Wal Mart in the rope/twin/pulley system section.  It was next to tools, fyi.  I'm still learning the categories of hardware, so I figure I'll give you a little details on those as I learn!

Bueno, amigas y amigos, me voy.  Hopefully I learn how to use my camera lighting settings to get better photos.  I am continuously apologetic that my photos are not very good quality.  As with any project, I just have to experiment and learn as I go!

1 comment:

  1. Beautiful job, Lolls! I only want homemade Christmas presents from you this year ;o)