There’s nothing like a little sparkle to brighten up a room, but chances are that 6ft wide solid crystal chandelier you were eyeing in last month’s Vogue isn’t going to fit in your foyer. Scratch that, who even has a foyer? This week in D-I-Y we’re showing you how to make the most of your shiny stuff and flaunt your jewels for everyone to see, with a great jewelry-hanging frame.
The idea for this D-I-Y project came after I realized that I was done having to dig through the various jewelry puddles currently forming in the collection of sweet little boxes that well-meaning distant cousins and estranged family friends keep giving me. Unfortunately, they are still under the misguided impression that I am the kind of neat, well-kept lady that knows how to use these things.
Don’t get me wrong, the jewelry boxes are very pretty, but they take up space that is usually reserved for my more ‘useful’ decor: a collection of half-drunk pop cans, water glasses and coffee cups that may very well be generating a cure for Ebola… or just creating Ebola itself.
So when I saw a jewelry-hanging frame during one of my decor-blog binges of self-loathing (more on that here) I realized that would be the perfect solution! I’d get my jewelry out of the boxes so I could find them, show them off and stop convincing my friends that mismatched earrings are really ahead of the fashion curve (they’re not). Here’s how to make your very own jewelry hanging frame:
What you need:
– Frame (pick whatever size you want, but if this is your first D-I-Y we suggest you start small)
– Chicken wire, or plastic mesh (try to find one with the smallest mesh as it’s easier to hang your stuff on)
– Can of spray paint (color of your choice)
– Hot Glue Gun (or crazy glue if you don’t have a glue gun) and glue for glue gun
1. Get a frame: I was lucky and happened to have one lying around, but I encourage you to dig through dumpsters or second hand stores. Want to skip the questionable dumpster dive? You could buy one if you’re ‘fancy like that.
2. Spray paint your frame. Sure you could sand it and paint it by hand but let’s be honest, this whole DIY thing is rapidly loosing its charm as it’s becoming more and more obvious that there is actual work involved here.
3. While your frame is drying, hang out, throw a mini dance party in your room, write that email to your ex-roomate that you’ve always meant to write… Or do whatever, you’ve got twenty minutes to kill.
4. Now that your frame is dry you’ve got to cut the mesh down to size. Like so:
5. Now you need to cut it to fit the shape of your frame. The easiest way to do this is to place the mesh on top of the frame and mark the outline with a bright marker or pastel if you have one. Lip liner works too as long as it’s visible over the mesh.
6. Cut the mesh so that it is about ½ an inch or 1 inch larger than the outline. Whatever, this isn’t rocket science; just make it big enough to glue on the frame, but not so big that the edges are visible. You can always trim after.
7. Take your chicken wire and…. I know, you’re ready to give up now, what with all the cutting, taping and you’ve still got to glue. You’re almost done and face it, you’re probably already surrounded by a mess, you might as well get something out of this.
8. Grab the frame. Grab your glue gun — not by the nozzle you newrd! These things get hot! Apply glue around the edge of the frame, gently press the mesh down making sure not to touch the hot glue—it will burn like the fire of a 1,000 suns. Don’t skimp on the glue, as it’s the only thing holding the mesh onto the frame. If you get bored, use sparkly glue to distract yourself from the slightly tedious task of applying gobs of sticky stuff that could forever bind you to this forsaken frame.
9. Let it dry. Time for another twenty-minute dance party!!
10. Shlap some jewelry on it. Then, sit back, pour yourself a glass of vino and marvel at your awesomeness!