I’ve never been a jewelry person, especially necklaces and bracelets. However after we moved, I realized I had more jewelry than I originally thought. I’m not a fan of the traditional jewelry boxes you see, so I saw an idea in one of my home magazines (can’t find it to cite it at the moment) to use a cutlery tray to organize your necklaces and bracelets. I thought leaving it as-is was kind of boring and used my craftiness to jazz it up a bit and I’m going to show you how.
What you’ll need is as follows:
Various Scrapping Papers
Decorative knobs and pulls
Drill (with correct size bit)
Double-sided permanent adhesive
Ruler or straight-edge
Jigsaw (or small hand-saw)
As you can see, I added wood molding to the surface of mine, but that requires extra steps of sanding, sawing, and gluing. So if you have the knowledge and the tools to do that, it gives it a little extra flair, but you can keep it easy and simple and omit that part, thus omitting the last four to six supplies. I’m going to include my steps just in case you’re wanting to do the same.
First you’re going to drill your holes to place the knobs. I placed mine about an inch down and marked the spot with a pen, then drilled with a drill bit large enough to accommodate the screws for the knobs.
Next, you’ll want to cut the molding pieces. They were cut to match up in the corners, which requires you sawing them at an angle. The easiest way to do this is to to measure the width (in this case, one-half inch) and then measure that distance down the back of the molding and mark it. Then draw a diagonal line from one corner to the opposite corner of where you marked it. Cut on the diagonal line.
After all your pieces are cut, you’ll piece them together by gluing them on the surface with the wood glue. You might need to sand your surface first if it has a finish it on it, so the glue will work and also so the paint will stick. If you have wood clamps you can use them, however I found it was much easier to just use masking tape. Tape all the wood pieces down, then turn the tray over so it’s laying face-down and pile some heavy books on top. Let dry for a few hours.
Once the glue has dried you’ll remove the tape and paint your tray. Make sure it is completely dry before going to the next step.
Next, you’re going to apply your paper. Measure out the spaces of the compartments and using your exacto knife and ruler or straight edge, you’re going cut out the pieces. You can use spray adhesive to place your papers but it can get really sticky and messy very quickly, so that’s why I like using double-sided tape. You’ll turn your paper over, line the sides with the tape and place in the compartments, pressing down firmly so the tape adheres.
Next you’re going to take your exacto knife and very carefully poke through the back to the front, to pierce the paper to place the knobs. (You could also wait to drill your spaces until you adhere your paper, omitting the first step. I was just afraid it would mess up my paper, but as long as you’re careful you should be fine.)
Add your knobs and voila! You have a pretty and functional jewelry organizer.