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DIY Jewelry Holder from a Cutlery Tray by The DIY Mommy
DIY Crafts, DIY Home Decor, Life

Make a Jewelry Holder from a Cutlery Tray

DIY Jewelry Holder from a Cutlery Tray by The DIY Mommy

The materials for this project have been hiding under my kitchen table (a.k.a. my craft table, a.k.a. our microwave table) for several months and I finally had a chance this weekend to put them all together and make this pretty DIY jewelry holder!

This project only took me a few hours and I really love how it turned out. I tried some hand painting just for something different, but it would also look nice decorated with decopauged fabric or stenciled paint. The glass knobs are a feminine touch, and I’m more than happy to display my necklaces as pieces of art on my wall (most of them are by my talented friend, Bella’s Beaudoir of Jewelry).

It’s clear that I love hacking Ikea things, and this project was no exception!

DIY Jewelry Holder from a Cutlery Tray by The DIY Mommy

Materials:

  • wooden cutlery tray (I found mine at IKEA)
  • paint (I used latex paint samples I bought from testing colours for our new house)
  • knobs (I used pretty glass ones)
  • cup hooks

DIY Jewelry Holder from a Cutlery Tray by The DIY Mommy

Directions:

DIY Jewelry Holder from a Cutlery Tray by The DIY Mommy

Sand the tray thoroughly (the back of this tray was laminate, so it helps paint to stick and look nice and smooth). Paint all sides and crevices carefully with a brush (I used Valspar’s Tempered Gray for my main colour).

Let the coat dry, and then paint another coat.

I chose to add some hand painted details inside the boxes of the tray with white paint (Valspar’s Ultra White) and one of my daughter’s little craft brushes, but you could also skip this step or try painting with a stencil (or painting the back panels a different solid colour). The options are endless!

DIY Jewelry Holder from a Cutlery Tray by The DIY Mommy

One of the best furniture painting tips that I learned last year was to always finish up with a few coats of clear Varathane to protect the paint and give it a satiny smooth finish. I used two coats on this project.

DIY Jewelry Holder from a Cutlery Tray by The DIY Mommy

Next, attach the knobs to the tops of each compartment. I used super glue instead of a drill – it was a lot easier and it seems to be holding well!

Screw the little cup hooks along the bottom of the tray (I used 5). I started trying to do these by hand, and then finally gave up and had my hubby drill pilot holes so that they were easier!

This tray happened to have a nice ledge at the back that I used to hang it, but if yours doesn’t you’ll need to attach some kind of picture hanger to the back.

DIY Jewelry Holder from a Cutlery Tray by The DIY Mommy

I didn’t have enough knobs for all of my panels, but I’ve decided that I’ll leave the big one knob-free. It looks cute as a little brooch or bracelet shelf!

DIY Jewelry Holder from a Cutlery Tray by The DIY Mommy

Oh, this is a much better (and prettier) way to store my necklaces than the jumbled mess I had on my dresser before!

DIY Jewelry Holder from a Cutlery Tray by The DIY Mommy

DIY Jewelry Holder from a Cutlery Tray by The DIY Mommy

It’s amazing what a little bit of paint and glue can do (and how much I’m falling in love with this soft, gentle gray as a potential colour for our new house)!

How do you store your jewelry?

Knitting & Crochet, Life

DIY Simple Crochet Infinity Scarf

by Karla Zeigler

DIY Simple Crochet Infinity Scarf

I’m excited to be able to share a simple infinity scarf tutorial with you today. As the summer draws to a close an infinity scarf can be a fun accessory to help transition your wardrobe into fall. This is my first guest post, so bear with me if I’m over explaining things ☺ The instructions are for a ‘mom sized’ scarf, but you can easily adapt it for a toddler or child by making a shorter chain.

Let’s get started! Here’s what you’ll need:

  • worsted weight yarn (pretty much any yarn will work, for a thicker scarf use a thicker yarn)
  • crochet hook size 6.5mm (again not super important-the bigger the hook, the bigger the scarf)
  • yarn needle

We’ll be making a simple crochet chain. To start, make a slip knot-insert your crochet hook into the slip knot you just made, hook the yarn and pull it through the slip knot. You’ve just made one chain. Continue to lengthen your chain-for my scarf I chained 180. You can hold the chain up to yourself to see if you’d like it longer or shorter.

DIY Simple Crochet Infinity Scarf

Once your chain is the desired length (picture 4), join with a slip stitch into the first chain you made. Picture #5 shows you what this looks like. Once you’ve joined your chain, you’ll have a big circle.

DIY Simple Crochet Infinity Scarf

To make the scarf thicker, we’re going to repeat the steps we just did. You’ll start chaining from the slip stitch you just made (picture 6). Chain 180-or the amount you used the first time. Then join with a slip stitch where you started the chain (picture 7 & 8).

DIY Simple Crochet Infinity Scarf

Now you’ll have 2 strands to your scarf (picture 9A). To keep your scarf from getting tangled while you continue to add bulk; I recommend draping it over something to hold the shape. I used 2 little IKEA chairs (picture 9B).

DIY Simple Crochet Infinity Scarf

Continue chaining and joining with a slip stitch at the starting point (it doesn’t need to be exact-we’ll be covering it right away). I made 16 strands for my scarf. Again, if you want a thinner scarf-use a thinner yarn or make less strands. If you’d like a thicker scarf with more bulk, use a heavier yarn or add more strands.

DIY Simple Crochet Infinity Scarf

Once you’re happy with the size of your scarf, cut a tail of yarn about 1 meter long. Use the tail of yarn to tightly wrap the area where you joined all of your chains (picture 11). When you have a few inches left, thread the yarn needle and weave it under the yarn you just wrapped. Secure with a knot and tuck in the loose ends.

You’re done! Now you can wear it out or stay home and make lots more in pretty fall colors. This is also a super-fast last minute gift idea ☺

DIY Simple Crochet Infinity Scarf

Karla Ziegler is a wife to one very smart guy, a stay at home mommy to one very active little boy and is very excited to be expecting a little girl this fall. In her spare time she enjoys designing and creating. Her Etsy shop, Twisted Fibres, is full of knit and crocheted goodies for both mom and baby. To see what she’s currently working on, find Twisted Fibres on facebook @ https://www.facebook.com/TwistedFibres or email Karla @ twistedfibresshop (at) gmail (dot) com.

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