Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Craft: Jewelry Shelf

I have a small jewelry box that I have sadly outgrown. I've had it for years and it just didn't have the room I needed after all these years.

My dad had on his bar downstairs a shelf that was made for all his cassette tapes. Well since moving the bar around and packing up a lot of his music into storage boxes, I snagged the shelf for some storage on my craft table.

Unfortunately for my craft table, the shelves weren't wide enough for my little storage bins. So I got a new storage shelf that was on clearance for my craft table. And then the old shelf sat on the floor under my craft table for a few months only because I didn't have the heart to put it out in the garage. I knew if I put it out in the garage, it would have probably ended up in the fire pit out back, fueling one of hubby's many fires (he is such a pyromaniac sometimes).

The idea struck me last week to give the shelf a new purpose in life.

This is the shelf before: (I apologize for the blurry picture)

I grabbed my handy Dremel Multi-Tool (love that little tool) and proceeded to cut out one of the shelves.

A bit of supplies, that I already had on hand, the shelf was given a new look.

I painted the inside of the shelf 3 different shades of blue. I had a piece of acetate with a really pretty screen print on it that I cut and glued to the inside. I then took some ribbon and trimmed around the acetate for a finished look. There are 21 cup hooks in 2 rows inside the shelf. And I added 2 hooks on the side for the longer necklaces that I have. And of course, there is room for more hooks if needed down the road.

The other 2 shelves I decorated with glitter covered chipboard scrolls, some white painted dots and a felt flower that my friend Andréann had included in one of our swap packages to each other (she does amazing work with felt). I stapled a piece of wire across the inside of one shelf to hang my many pairs of earrings. I also made dishes for the second shelf, but they aren't finished yet. But as soon as they are, I'll add them in.

And here is my little jewelry shelf in action. It sits on my dresser. There is enough room for all my earrings, necklaces, bracelets and rings. I am very happy with how it turned out.

Happy Crafting!


  1. Yay! I'm glad it didn't end up in the fire!!!

    I need something like that, too. Else i don't see the necklace I got and end up never wearing any :(

  2. Mom and dad were even impressed with it. And dad hardly ever gets impressed by the things I make.

    I had the same thing happen. I actually gave a way a bunch of necklaces I've never worn and probably won't.


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