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Monday, December 16, 2013

DIY Necklace Holder

I'm pretty excited today to share the project I've been planning on making for a long time and finally was able to make this weekend. A while back I shared how I made my earring holder. That project has been one of my favorites to date, and it's been an awesome life saver! Instead of having to dig through drawers to find a matching set of earrings, I now have them all paired up right in front of my eyes. It's a major time saver in the morning and whenever I'm getting ready.

So I've been wanting to make something similar to hold my necklaces, as I've found myself having the same issue. I looked around on Pinterest and have seen so many different versions of necklace organizers. In the end though, I went with a simple board-with-knobs version. Here's how it turned out:


I love it! Trent helped with a lot of the sanding, staining, drilling, etc. I just supervised and made the design choices! :) We hung it in the bedroom, and it blends in perfectly with the dark wood in there.


Here are the supplies and the steps we took to make it.

Supplies used:
  • Oak board (1" x 6" x 3')
  • 6 drawer knobs (a variety)
  • pencil, ruler and tape measure to mark and measure where the knobs will be and where to cut the board.
  • a drill
  • a saw
  • sandpaper
  • newspaper to put down when staining
  • stain and brush with a paper towel to wipe the stain
  • sawtooth hangers

It was pretty cheap - the only things I had to buy were the board, the knobs, and the sawtooth hangers. The rest of the supplies we already had on hand. The board was around $8, and I got the knobs all on sale at Hobby Lobby 50% off - they were about $2-$3 a piece. The sawtooth hangers were around $2.


I picked up the board from Menards - a 3' wide by 6" tall oak board, that was already sanded down. I just cut about 8" off because I only needed 28" as opposed to 36." 

Here's how we made it.

First I lined up my knobs on the board, in the order that I wanted them to be in to get an idea about the spacing I wanted. I decided I wanted to cut off 8" from the length of the board, because I had 6 knobs and I wanted them to be about 4" apart. I measured where the center of the board was, and with a pencil, made a line to cut off 8", then marked a dot every 4 inches where the holes would have to be drilled for the knobs.


Trent used a saw to cut off the excess part of the board, then drilled holes for the knobs.


Even though the board was already sanded and didn't have a finish on it, the corners and edges were pretty sharp, so Trent sanded them down a little.


Then we wiped the dust off the board and stained it. I just used some stain that we had leftover from other projects instead of going out and buying a new one. It was Minwax "Red Mahogany."


We tested it out on the part of the wood we had cut off, just to make sure it was what I wanted.


Luckily it wasn't too red, and I liked the dark look of it. So Trent brushed on the stain with a small brush, then after a minute or so, wiped off the excess with a (soft) paper towel. We used two coats, letting it sit in between coats, then overnight just to make sure it was fully dry.

Once it was dry, we just screwed the knobs into the holes, then attached a couple of sawtooth hangers to the back. Then we just had to saw off the ends of the screws that the knobs were attached to.

 

And voila! We hung it in the bedroom, and I now have a place to hang my necklaces so that I can see them and grab them really easily before I walk out the door.


And best of all, they won't get tangled in my jewelry chest anymore.



I love it! :) Definitely my new favorite DIY project!

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4 comments:

  1. I love all those gorgeous knobs you used! We'll be featuring your necklace holder over at Someday Crafts tomorrow :)

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  2. I love this so much! This would be a perfect craft for me and my daughter to make, especially because her necklaces are a tangled mess!

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    1. Thank you Steph! It really is a time saver!

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