How To Make Your Own DIY Jewelry Display

Jewelry is fun to play around with and always spices up an outfit. The only bad thing about jewelry is that it seems to collect so quickly. I know that I have had drawers full of mixed up jewelry and tangled necklaces, as do many people that collect jewelry and other accessories. Luckily, there is a simple solution: a DIY Jewelry Display. Although it seems like a lot of work, they are pretty simple to make. Here are a couple of simple jewelry displays that may strike your fancy.

The first display is a framed display for your jewelry. All you need for this DIY is a picture frame, chicken wire, mesh or netting, and some glue. First, remove the glass and any backing from the frame. Cut out a square of the chicken wire, mesh, or netting to the size of the frame. Flip the frame and glue the square into the picture frame in place of the backing. Once the glue is dry, you can hang earrings in the small holes in the mesh and hang the frame as you normally would, keeping your earrings sorted and displayed. If you’re feeling especially fancy, you can add small hooks to the bottom of the frame to hang necklaces, bracelets, and rings.

If you don’t like that idea for a display, you can always use driftwood to get an especially rustic jewelry display. This DIY is simple. All you need is some string, some nice driftwood sticks, a small knife, and a nail. First, sand any loose wood or bark off of the branch and use the small knife to slice small notches in the driftwood. Next, create a way to hang the stick with the string by tying one end to one end of the stick, slit into the notch to keep it in place, and the other end to the other end of the stick. Use a nail to hang it up, and you’re all set. You can drape bracelets and necklaces over the branches to display your jewelry. If you have a small enough stick, you can even place rings and bracelets on the driftwood.

The last method is a little more involved, but the end result is beautiful and very customizable. If the previous methods don’t fit well with your room decor, this display is sure to hit the spot. The materials needed for this project are just clay, paint, and some patience. Start finding inspiration. There are plenty of models you could use for this project; that’s the beauty of it. In essence, the model needs to have a bowl or plate-like part that can hold rings and bracelets and a lip with holes in it to hang earrings off of and create more separation. Some great ideas are a mushroom, with a flat top and holes around the lip, or a mandala patterned plate with holes in the lip. Carefully shape your display and bake or finish it according to the clay instructions. Next, paint your display accordingly. If you want, you can finish the organizer with a mod podge to give it a nice shine and ensure that the paint stays intact.

Whichever method you decide to use, you will be more organized than you were before. Try out one or all of these methods to display your beautiful jewelry and make it easier to find the jewelry you’re looking for every morning.

Making DIY Leather Tassel Keychains

If you are an avid DIYer then I am sure you have a lot of projects under your belt. There is a lot of self-satisfaction in creating your own things whether it is cup holders, pillows, or even picture frames. The following project on making DIY leather tassel keychains is definitely for you. I personally like tassel keychains. I think they give whatever they are attached to extra style and class. They can be placed on handbags, bookmarks, or even worn as a necklace. How about a pair of earrings or a bracelet. Below you will find an easy step by step instructions on how to make leather tassel keychains.  

Leather is both an all-purpose as well as beautiful material to work with. You can get it in just about any color you want and use it for fashion accessories, furniture, and other home designs.  

First, you need to assemble your tools and supplies.

Tools

  • Cutting Mat or Cutting Board
  • Scissors
  • Glue Gun
  • Tube Cutter
  • Rotary Ruler or Omni grid Ruler
  • Rotary Cutter

Materials

  • Pencils
  • Key Rings
  • Leather
  • Copper Tubing (not required)

Leather pieces can be purchased at a craft or fabric store. If you cannot find what you want at either of these places, try thrift stores.  

You do not need a lot of workspaces, but you want to be able to spread everything out neatly and in order. This makes creating easier and more fun. Let us begin.

Instructions

  • Start with a piece of leather cut 4-4.5” wide and 7” long.
  • Lay the piece of leather on your cutting board or mat.
  • Using your pencil, draw a line down 1”.
  • Starting at that point, make cuts a 1/4” apart using your rotary cutter.
  • Cut another piece of leather approximately 3” long and 1/4” wide.
  • Slip it through your keyring, fold it in half and, and hot glue the ends.
  • Glue this end to the top corner of your leather tassel.
  • Starting with the keyring edge, roll the tassel hot gluing as you go.

You are all done. How is that for quick and painless? You can finish your leather tassel keychains by accenting the top with copper tubing, lace, beads, or whatever fancy material you wish to use. The possibilities are endless. I do not know about you, but I enjoy making these. Make them for yourself or for family and friends as stocking stuffers for the holidays or special occasions. Get really creative and personalize your keychains. Attach more than one leather tassel to one keychain for your own unique look. Once you start making these you might not be able to stop.

Here are some helpful tips for making your DIY leather tassel keychains.  

  • Not all leather is the same. Some are softer than others. Make sure the leather you are using for this project will allow you to make accurate cuts. You can try different leathers to see which one works best for you. In addition, if you are using faux leather, you will want to use a fine point blade. A deep point blade will better serve your purpose if you are working with real leather.
  • Using a rotary cutter instead of scissors gives you better control and a more precise cut because you can apply more pressure to the leather.
  • As mentioned above, you can use copper tubing to accent your keychains. If so, you can purchase the copper tubing and the cutter at any hardware store. If you do not want to cut the pieces yourself, they can be purchased already cut.
  • Painter’s tape may be used at the top of your piece of cut leather for more precise 1/4” cuts.
  • Instead of using a glue gun, you can substitute it for no-sew glue.

DIY Ombre Candles: All You Need To Know

DIY Ombre Candles are a great way to make each room of your home fill with fragrance. As the candles melt, they will subtly change scents along with the different colors.

To Get Started making your own ombre candles you will need the following:

– Jar.

– Soy Wax.

– Colored Wax Chips.

– Fragrance.

– Wick: Specific to Soy Wax.

– Thermometer.

Step#1: Get The Right Wick

Since we are specifically using soy wax then you need to make sure and get a soy wax wick. This is crucial because not all wicks will burn the wax properly. If you get the wrong wick then it will not melt the wax evenly across the whole surface. The wick will need to be cut in relation to the size of the jar that you are using. Leave an extra inch of the wick sticking up above the rim of the jar when you glue it to the bottom. 

Step #2: Melt The Wax

You will need two large pans, two small pans, and a digital thermometer for this part. You will take one pan and fill it with water. You will then set another pan that is a bit smaller in size inside the bigger pan on the heat source. Then, place the melted wax chips in the smaller pan. Use the thermometer to get the wax between 120 – 140 degrees Fahrenheit. Repeat this for the other two pans as well.  

Step #3: Assemble The Jars

You will want to melt enough wax for each layer to fill up your jar as you desire. First, make sure that you get the wick sized properly. Dip it in the wax and then use a clothespin to prop the wick up straight from the bottom of the jar.

Step #4: Add Fragrance

You can add either essential or fragrance oils. You should have two pans melting wax on the stove at the same time. You can add your desired strength of fragrance to each wax mixture. A good rule of thumb is to use 5 grams of oil for every 5 ounces of wax.

Step #5: Mix The Colors

You will want to pour one of the wax mixtures into your jar and let it sit until it is soft to the touch. The other wax mixture is a blend of both colors you want in the mixture. It can be called the “middle layer.” Once the bottom layer is soft to the touch, then pour the “mixed color” wax on top. This will create the illusion of a transition or blend between the colors.

Step #6: Creating the Ombre

After the mixed wax has become soft to the touch then you can pour on your top layer of wax. This should not penetrate into the layer below. So, it is important to remember that you need to keep the wax hard, but not too hard.

Step #7: The Final Step of All Steps!

The final step is crucial to get the blended look. You will want to pop the candle into the oven and heat it up to around 200 degrees. Be careful not to get it too hot. At this point, take the candle out and set it aside. You will notice that the middle layer will blend into the top and bottom layers.  

Once you have finished then light it up and let the aromatic fragrance fill the room.