January 19, 2013

Jewelry Cork Boards

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Somehow, my favorite jewelry pieces always end up getting tucked into drawers. Necklaces come up  intertwined and tangled, a single earring when I need the pair. I wanted a quick way to store jewelry, but also show it off so I could remember what pieces I had. The other day I was perusing Michael's on  a Friday evening when I saw cork boards (yes, you read that right - sigh - Michael's Craft Store on a Friday evening). I was trying to find frames, and instead came up with an idea for turning the cork boards into lovely jewelry holders. 

I picked up a set of cork boards that are advertised for dorm rooms, a few frame holders, and a box of clear tacks. The idea is to set the cork boards on the frame holders, place tacks on the board randomly, and hang jewelry from the tacks. When I came home, I realized that the cork boards were a bit messy. They flake very easily leaving cork dust everywhere. I had some Modge Podge and foam brushes at home, and I used the Modge Podge as a seal for the edges. The cork boards I picked up were 12" by 12." Find wide frame holders with a tall back. This way, they won't tip over when you set all your jewelry on top. Since I was really feeling the creative streak, I repurposed beer bomber bottles into bangle holders. This project costs about $20.00 for all the items. However, it may be a bit more expensive if you need to find yourself some beer bombers. But then you have the best craft night ever. (craft + beer = duh). 

Jewelry Cork Boards
Yield: 2 boards, or as many as you like

Items needed:
2 cork boards 
2 frame holders
50 clear tacks
Modge Podge
a foam brush

Directions:
1. Lay out some old paper on a table. The cork boards tend to shed everywhere, so I like to brush off the edges and seal them with Modge Podge to keep them from shedding on my dresser. 
2. Next set each board on the frame holder. Dip a foam brush in some Modge Podge and place a layer along the edges of the cork board. This will seal the edges and prevent the board from crumbling excessively. Leave the cork boards on the frames to dry. I did 3 sides, let them dry for a day, then finished the last side. They dry easily when they are mounted on the frame holders.  
3. Once dry, lay the cork boards flat and arrange the tacks all around the board. Place the cork boards on the frame, and start displaying your favorite jewelry. 

7 comments:

  1. LOVE it!!! Question, any ideas on how to "display" post earrings???

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    1. Stephanie, yep just push them in. They only need 1/8" to stick so they'll fit perfectly.

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  2. Oh my goodness, you're on the same wavelength as me. Although you actually did something about it and I haven't, yet. I was thinking about making a corkboard jewelry organizer but haven't put it in process. What also sounds really cool is a shadow box or large picture frame with chicken wire in place of the picture and matte. Something like this. http://lifeinthethriftylane.blogspot.de/2011/11/earrings-display-frame.html I should just do it but procrastination usually takes over. bleh.

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    1. I love the idea of frames with cloth or wire to display jewelry too, especially an old window frame.

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  3. Fantastic! This doesn't look like something I'd usually pick up but I will admit that the premise has gotten me intrigued!
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