“Upcycled” Jewelry Organzier

Last Summer, on the day I was moving from my old apartment to my new condo, I spotted an old screen in the alleyway. Nothing fancy – about two feet long, 18 inches across, with a two inch black wooden frame. Why did I pull it from the trash? What was I going to do with it? I didn’t know at the time, but I had a feeling I could make this baby into something fantastic. That and yes, I was current on my Tetanus shots.

This past weekend, the moment of inspiration arrived. The screen would become an organizer for my necklaces. I went to the local beading store to get these pins:

They have a flat nail-heads on one end and are blunt on the other. Traditionally, they are used to make the dangly bits of earrings. I planned to use them to make hooks.

First, though, I put black electrical tape on the back of the screen frame. Some bits were especially sharp and snaggy, so I wanted to get them smoothed down.

I then curved the metal pins into hooks. I found my pinkie was the perfect width, so I wrapped them around my last digit and then popped them through the back of the screen so the hook was in front:

Once all the “hooks” were made, I hung my necklaces (in color order, of course):

Now, I can see everything I have and wear some of the ones that were previously forgotten and ignored. Plus, I think it makes my collection look like art.

It currently sits on the top of my bookcase and leans against the wall, but someday I may add sawtooth hangers to the back so that I can hang it to the wall.

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About Helena

Helena lives in Chicago with her boyfriend and two cats. Her boyfriend thinks she's awesome. Her cats agree.

Posted on July 11, 2011, in My Home and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.

  1. neato! did a couple of similar projects this weekend. i will have to keep this in mind! 🙂

  2. ooooh i like it!! love diy stuff!!! and i like how many green necklaces you have.

    green crap is the bomb diggity

  3. Wow, that’s fantastic. I love how colorful all your necklaces are — I need to invest in some more color instead of all the silver I wear. LOVE your DIY!

  4. Can i please borrow one of your necklaces? Okay, all of them? Okay, HAVE THEM?

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