DIY jewelry hanger made from a second-hand frame

Before I came to college, I had a wonderful jewelry organization system. The only problem is that it was huge! It was over two feet wide! Sadly, I realized I didn’t have room for that in my tiny college dorm room.

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Once I decided I needed to downsize, I started looking around Pinterest to see what I could make. I found one that I liked made from a second-hand frame and decided to put my own spin on it.

The first thing I did was go buy supplies. I got a frame from Goodwill the size that I wanted to make my board. Then, I went to Michaels and purchased spray paint, cork board, burlap and spray adhesive. Finally, at Home Depot, I purchased drawer pulls and c-hooks. I know this list makes this project sound intimidating, but it’s actually a easy process to follow so don’t bail on me!

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* Second-hand frame is not pictured

The first step is to remove the original photo from the frame and sand it down. Then, I spray-painted it a color to match my room. One piece of advice is to choose a type of paint that is not high gloss or matte, especially when using a second-hand frame. Those finishes show every dent and scratch on your frame, which isn’t always a good thing.

The next step was to cut the cork board to fit inside the frame if you didn’t buy it the correct size. I used a box cutter, and it worked well. Make sure to measure the inside dimensions of the frame for your cutting purposes.

Once your cork board is cut, adhere the burlap (or any type of fabric you want) onto it using the spray adhesive. I find this type of adhesive is best for large areas like this, although you could use hot glue or tacky glue on the edges instead.

Following that, you must attach the hooks and pulls onto the board. The first thing I did was to lay out how I wanted the board to look without actually attaching anything. This gave me an idea of where everything would be and what the finished product would look like. I decided on four hooks for necklaces and three drawer pulls for earrings and rings. The drawer pulls are great because dangly earrings can hang on the edges and studs and rings sit inside.

Once I had my layout, I twisted the hooks into the board (with a little help from my dad of course). Then, for the drawer pulls we just treated it like we were installing them into a cabinet and screwed them in.

Liberty Hardware has an excellent tutorial for any beginners!

We installed ours upside down so that there was storage on the inside and so that earrings were able to hang off the edges.

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The last step was to instal your completed cork board piece into the frame. I hammered mine in just to make sure it was secure!

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Now you have a beautiful, handmade jewelry holder that is completely customizable to your personal collection.

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Inspired by: Craftgawker

How will you make this project your own? What would you add in order to accommodate your jewelry collection?

BONUS PROJECT: Some of my heavier, more bulky necklaces weren’t able to fit on the board, so I just used a push pin right beside it to hold them! This is super-easy and only requires one supply! This is perfect for all your trendy bubble necklaces, ladies!

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Crafter Profile: A college student and her crafty business

This week, I’ve decided to do something a little different. Instead of the normal how-to, I’ll be profiling one of my dear friends who runs her own crafting business. Kailee Yarbrough, 21-year-old elementary education major from Kingston Springs, Tenn., started her own business right in her dorm room. Sew Kreative Embroidery was founded by Kailee during her sophomore year at Lipscomb.

Her love of all things crafty began at a young age. Kailee began sewing in the third grade. She and one of her friends would buy fabric and hand-stitch pillows together. In middle school, she got her first sewing machine after attending a 4-H sewing class. From then on, she made clothing, quilts and numerous other projects. She liked experimenting with her sewing, always seeking out new things to try, which led her to monogramming.

“A monogram is typically someone’s personalized initials, Kailee said. “Embroidery is the actual stitching of patterns or designs.” Kailee has placed her monograms onto all sorts of mediums. She does T-shirts, sweatshirts, blankets, shorts, tank tops, onesies and kids apparel, bags, rain jackets and towels. In the future, she will have the capability to produce monogrammed vinyl stickers. “The blankets are probably some of my favorite things to do,” she said.

All of her work is displayed on her  Facebook and Instagram accounts in order to show future clients what she can do, and to show off the work she’s done for previous customers. Most of her business comes from word of mouth through her friends and family and through the Greek organizations on Lipscomb’s campus.

She hopes to continue Sew Kreative Embroidery beyond college but doesn’t plan to open up a physical shop any time soon. She would love to keep monogramming as something to do on the side while also pursuing her other passion of teaching.

The process of making a monogram is much more complicated than I originally thought. Kailee took the time to show me a few of the basics. It all begins on the computer where she chooses the font and size of the letters. Then, she inserts a USB and transfers the image of the three letters. The USB then goes into her monogram machine. The medium that is being monogrammed is pinned to the hoop, which is two oval-shaped pieces that snap together and hold the fabric in place. The hoop is then placed under the machine and lined up to be straight.

Once everything is ready, the machine can be turned on and starts to work its magic. The machine then tells her how long the process will take. Usually, she keeps a close eye on everything while it is going just to make sure that everything is working properly. Once it is done, she just unpins everything and has a beautiful new monogram!

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Did you like a profile instead of the normal tutorial? Do you have any questions for Kailee? Respond in the comments below!

Unique system for hanging pictures

In my room at home, I live in the attic. This creates a unique struggle to hang things, such as photos. Recently, I had an epiphany about how to display all of my favorite memories! I turned my bed so that the headboard is butted up to the railing and you can see part of it as you’re walking up the stairs. Then, I created a very unique way to display photos!

The first thing I did after rearranging my furniture was to buy supplies. I needed fabric the size of the headboard, thumb tacks, nails, mini clothespins, spray paint and twine or rope. I decided on these leather strips to give my project an eclectic vibe.

This project can also be done on any piece of plywood. It doesn’t have to be a headboard! To modify it, the only additional supply needed are the mounting supplies used to hang it on the wall. These types of supplies are easily found at Hobby Lobby or Michaels

The first thing to do is to paint your mini clothespins the color that you want, if you want to change the color from the basic wood-tone. Be sure to turn them several times in order to cover ever crevice with paint. It will take more than one coat to get these completely covered. Once those are finished, set them aside to dry. You will need them at the very end.

The next step is to adhere the fabric to the headboard. I used nails in each corner and one in the middle. I had to hammer these in with the assistance of my dad. Then, I went back and added in the decorative tacks to make it look better!

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Once those were in, I used larger nails to wrap the leather straps around. When you are hanging the straps, you want them to run parallel to each other and to the top of the headboard to create two horizontal lines. You can space them out from each other about 7 and a half inches apart. This is the size of a general 4 by 6 photo with a little breathing room at the bottom so things don’t get crowded.

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Following hanging your leather straps, you are ready to hang up your photos. Use the small clothespins to attach your favorite photos to the board.

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Now you have a completely unique way to display all of your images to your friends and family!

Inspired by: Goodwillionaire

What types of photos will you show off? How will you customize this for your room?

How to make a unique yet simple wreath replacement

Today we will be taking a basic wooden letter and making it something special. These letters are available at most major craft stores for very little money, especially if you take advantage of the weekly coupons offered by these retailers. These letters are basic and boring, but they have the potential to be very chic. These look amazing on front doors as a summer alternative to a heavy wreath. They can be decorated to match any existing color scheme and the possibilities for personal flair are endless!

For this project you will need the wooden letter, acrylic craft paint in the color of your choosing, brushes, a ruler, a pencil, ribbon, hot glue and a paint pallet. This list seems long, I know, but it is actually a simple process.

The first step is to plan out what you’ll be doing. This project is completely customizable to your personal tastes. For my project, I decided to duplicate this chevron pattern. To do this on a shape that wasn’t perfectly rectangular, I made the squares for the chevron as if it was normal. I had to use my ruler to imagine where a line would be so I could get an appropriate angle sometimes, but other than that, it was the same as my previous chevron patterns that I made on canvases.

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Once you have drawn your boxes and lines and erased all the unnecessary parts, you can use your acrylic paint (one of your crafting essentials) to paint on your design. Remember to use multiple coats to achieve a rich-looking finish. Once your paint has dried, you can spray a clear sealant over the whole thing to make it more durable to weather conditions, or if this will be placed indoors you are done.

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Following painting, you simply need to cut your ribbon piece as long as you’d like. Think about how much of the ribbon you want to be able to see and how low you’d like your letter to hang. Once you’ve determined the length, cut your ribbon to the desired length and hot glue it or staple it with a staple gun onto the back of the letter.

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Now you have a special looking monogram that is uniquely yours! I hope you’ve enjoyed this project! What variations can you think of trying out? Would you rather do a letter for your first or last name? Let me know in the comments below!

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Easy message board for a dorm room

I love taking old things and giving them new life, so we are at Goodwill on the hunt for a frame. We’ll be using it to make a message board. It is similar to a white board and is great for encouragement, grocery lists or general silliness between roommates.

The supplies needed for this project are fabric of any color, spray adhesive, spray paint of any color and your second hand frame. You will also need either the original picture from the frame or a mat board, found at Walmart. You can cut your mat to the right size or buy it in the correct size originally.

Step one is to remove the original photo and glass from the frame. Set both of these things aside, as you will need them later on. You need to sand down your frame to remove any nicks or scratches put there by the previous owner. Once you’ve sanded and removed all the dusty residue, it’s time to spray paint! You can chose any color you like to match your room, but I suggest avoiding high-gloss or matte finishes. I used high-gloss and it clung to every imperfection I missed while sanding. I would recommend a regular semi-gloss finish for better results.

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While that is drying, you can begin working on the inside. Start by measuring the mat board piece that you have. Then, add two inches to each side (but not the top and bottom) and cut your fabric. You want the extra fabric on the sides so that have something to grab onto to pull it very taut. Keeping the top and bottom the same size will ensure that your corners don’t get crinkled. Following cutting your piece of fabric, I suggest ironing it. I skipped over this step, but I wish I hadn’t. My final product has unsightly wrinkles in it and I regret not taking the time to iron them out.

Once your  fabric piece is smoothed out, you are ready to attach it to your mat board. If you’re using your original photo, be sure and flip it over and glue to the back so that you can’t see anything through the fabric. Spray your adhesive onto the board and then carefully lay your fabric down on top of it, being sure to smooth any air bubbles. Use your extra fabric on the back to pull everything taut and to ensure that there are no wrinkles.

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Once that is completely dry, you can begin to put the final product together. Put the glass back into the frame and then the board, just like you would with a  regular picture. To secure everything into my frame, I used glazier points. These are small pieces used in the framing world to secure photos into their frames. To use them, simply hammer or push them into the back of your frame with the small points sticking up.

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Now you have made a completely unique message system for your dorm room! This project is completely customizable for your unique style, so be creative and have fun making this uniquely yours!

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Inspired by: Craftaholics Anonymous and Drawings Under The Table

How will you customize this project for your room?

Making one-of-a-kind gifts

This week, we will be making one of my favorite gifts to give! Over the holidays this year I made about 10 of these for my friends and family. They are very easy and take only about an hour from start to finish. Drumroll, please! Chevron canvases are the craft of the week!

The supplies needed for this project include a canvas of any size (I used an 8×10), a ruler, a pencil, acrylic craft paints, paint brushes and something to put the paint in. I love these small trays from Walmart!

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The first step of this project is to draw horizontal lines across your canvas. These can be any length apart, but the more lines you have, the more chevrons you will end up with. I usually do 2 inches apart, but this time I did 1.5 inches.

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Following that, you will draw vertical lines across the canvas to make a grid. Make sure your horizontal and vertical lines are the same distances. For example, if you did horizontal lines 2″ apart your vertical lines would also be 2 inches apart.

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Then, you will connect the corners of the boxes in a zig-zag pattern. A line should be drawn from the top left corner to the bottom right and then on the next square from the bottom left to the top right and so on. Each row should follow the same pattern.

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The last thing before you paint is to erase the horizontal and vertical lines you drew, especially if you are using light colors or made heavy marks. This seems pointless, but it will provide you with a more polished look in the end. Make sure when you’re erasing to leave all of the diagonal lines you drew; they are your chevron template.

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The next step is to break out the paint and start having fun! I find painting to be very relaxing, so I love this part. You can use any color you choose and in any order you choose. This is completely up to you! Some of the ones I’ve made previously have been to match people’s dorms, their favorite colors or the colors of their sorority or social club.

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I find that three coats are required to give a rich-looking color to your canvas. With lighter colors, sometimes four or five looks best, but I always do at least three to make sure the color looks even and vivid.

After one coat, as you can see, the colors look streaky and bland.

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The finished product is much more bold!

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Inspired by: Casa CullenRuche, and Mommy is Coocoo

I hope you’ve been inspired to get creative and create your very own wall decorations! Which colors would you chose? Do you think a smaller or larger chevron is cuter?

BONUS PROJECT: These are two of my favorite variations on the basic chevron canvases. The first is to add glitter over any of your colors. Simply Mod Podge straight onto your canvas and then shake the glitter on top of it. After 20 minutes, shake off the excess and repeat the process. This gets very messy, so I recommend doing it in a garage or outside. The second variation adds personalization using a wooden letter, available at Hobby Lobby for around $3. Paint the letter any color your want and then hot glue it onto your finished canvas. It’s so simple, but it adds an extra special touch!

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A fresh take on traditional closet doors

This week, we’ll be looking at something specifically for all of you apartment folks or those of us who are moving back home to Mom and Dad this summer. The color scheme in your apartment may be a little bland, or your childhood room may need some sprucing up for the summer.

Regardless of what space you have to work with, this project is sure to freshen it up! The closet doors I worked with are standard bifold, wooden closet doors. This project can easily be done on any type of closet door, though. You can even replace real doors using this too!

Supplies needed for this project vary depending on how much work you’d like to do. What you’ll need no matter what is a power drill, a tension rod the size of your door opening, and fabric. I chose to make my fabric a shower curtain so I didn’t have to sew anything. If you are ambitious, or just enjoy sewing, a few yards of fabric and a sewing machine may be necessary. Another no-sew possibility is a standard curtain panel.

The first thing to do is remove the doors. I had my dad help me with this portion, but it is actually pretty easy! All you need is a power drill to remove the screws. My door was hung up with just a few screws, and it only took a few minutes to remove. Once the door has been taken down, the space is ready for your update!

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The only thing I had to do was to shorten my shower curtain panel a bit. I did it using hem tape from a fabric store and a very basic stitch. Apply the tape, being careful to make sure it is level all the way around the bottom. Following that, I stitched a basic stitch around the top just to keep it in place. Then, I ironed the entire panel to smooth out any wrinkles left behind from being crammed into the package.

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Then, simply thread whatever curtain panel you have onto your tension rod and adjust it to fit into your space. This project is really that easy!

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The best part of this project is that you can change out the fabric anytime you want. Also, if you redecorate your room or move out, you can put the  doors right back up, just make sure you keep all of the screws around so you don’t have to buy new ones!

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I hope this project will help you give your space an updated look! Will you use curtain panels or shower curtain panels? Or will you sew your own?