DIY Necklace Holder

A friend of mine (Tamar) came to me and said, “I’ve run out of room for my necklaces. Can you help me hang a bulletin board so I can use pushpins to hang them from?” and my response was “we are making you a real necklace holder”. It made me realize my own necklace holder was at capacity (see below):

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That means it’s time for a DIY necklace holder for both of us! I combed pinterest to see what the world is making and love the look of different drawer pulls that jewelry can hang from.

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Coincidentally, as this project came up I happened to be wandering around the clearance section of Anthropology (the only part of the store I can maybe-afford) and saw these drawer pulls above. What a coincidence that just as I’m embarking on a project that involves a mix of drawer pulls and they’re ON SALE for $3ea! I hadn’t even designed my jewelry holder yet, but I knew I had to scoop these up while they were there and I sent Tamar to also get a bunch for her holder.

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Knowing I would need to cut the ends of the long drawer pulls, I bought a Dremel to add to my tool collection. This is pretty timid as far as tools go, but it’s super handy. I highly recommend it and it comes with all sorts of attachments that can sand, buff, cut wood, and even grind metal.

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Above you can see the beginning of my jewelry holder (on the left) and Tamar’s (on the right). Since she has a long closet where she’s hanging it, hers is a 3′ single piece of wood. My necklaces need to fit in a narrower space, so mine is two rows. I sanded and stained them to bring out the grain. Thankfully I collect scrap wood and had left over stain, so this was all free.

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Glue time!

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Disregard my messy work space, but I want to explain the process as I worked on these alone at night and couldn’t get great photos. Once the stain and clear coat dried on the wood, I marked where I wanted the drawer pulls to go. I then predrilled holes, slightly smaller than the thickness of the drawer pull rod. Then I screwed the drawer pulls into the wood by hand. The rod sticks through the back of the wood where I attached a bolt to keep the pull in place, so then I used my Dremel to grind (cut) through the rod so that it’s relatively flush against the bolt (later images show this).

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These 5 hooks aren’t going to hold a massive collection, which Tamar alerted me she has a lot of necklaces. It’s problem solving time!

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I went to Home Depot and purchased their largest golden hooks (since it looks nice with the golden wood stain). I came up with a pattern of hook placement that works well with the 5 unique drawer pulls we already bought. You can see above I pre-drilled little holes to make screwing in the hooks easier.

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Lastly, you can see above that the bolt which secures the drawer pulls in place makes it so that it will sit 1/8″ off the wall. To make sure this doesn’t cause marks on the wall, I purchased furniture pads with an 1/8″ thickness (which normally go on the bottoms of chair legs) and put them on the edges. I also bought picture hanging kits from Home Depot which allow this to comfortably hang 1/8″ off the wall. Each of these is really cheap.

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Above you can see how mine turned out! Doesn’t it look nice? You can’t even tell it’s 1/8″ off the wall.

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Here’s Tamars as we were installing it above…

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And here’s the final look! Isn’t it great! Now that’s a lot of necklaces!

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DIY: I Heart California Art

You know I love Pinterest (check out my pins!), and I’m big into Etsy and the local art fairs. I’m also a cheapskate who loves to make my own art and adapt ideas in a way that works for my own tastes. I’ve seen a ton of “California love” artwork, where there’s a cutout of California and a heart over the Los Angeles (or San Francisco).. or really you could do this with any state and any city. If you read the blog you know I love Los Angeles, so this art is right up my alley.

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So to start off, I found a map of California online, sized it to fit my frame and then printed it and cut out the state.

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Since I just brought this chevron paper from Paper Source and had some gray + pink felt, my color combo was born. I love reusing what I have. I have recently been getting into sewing, so I thought I would try sewing felt into paper and it worked! It really worked!

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I used a thick white embroidery thread around the outside (where I wanted the stitches to stand out) and then a red thin thread on the heart, where I wanted the thread to blend in.

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Doesn’t it add a nice pop of color and pattern to my collection?

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My art collection is growing! I like the felt “heart LA” with the larger print of “I heart LA” on the left. It’s a variation on a theme. See all the chevron paper I have left… I smell another future art project!