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DIY: Recycled Frame Jewelry Holder

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

I had an old wooden frame that was in good condition, but the glass had broken years ago, and I wasn’t crazy about the gold finish.  Rather than replacing the glass, I used it to make a jewelry holder.  You’ve seen these done before, put together with an old frame and some screen or chicken wire.  I spied a pretty one at an Antique Fair last month so I was inspired to make one of my own, but I wanted it to be backed by pretty fabric.

 

How to Make a Recycled Frame Jewelry Holder:

Supplies:

  1. Recycled picture frame
  2. Fabric of choice
  3. Spray paint
  4. Screen, chicken wire, or ‘hardware fabric’ from your local home improvement store
  5. Wire cutters
  6. Box cutters or craft knife
  7. Foam board
  8. Hot glue gun
  9. Staple gun
  10. Hooks (optional) for screwing into wood frame

Trim your wire mesh with wire cutters to fit inside your recycled frame.

Trim your foam to the exact internal measurements of your frame.  You can use the cardboard that often comes with a frame, but since I didn’t have any, I used foam board, available at any craft store.

If you don’t like the color of your frame, then spray paint your frame in the color of your choice.  I chose a Rosewood tint by Rustoleum.  You can also spray paint your wire mesh for a cohesive look, if you don’t like the rustic quality of the metal.   I also spray painted the little hooks I used to screw into my frame for additional jewelry display so it would all be the same color.

 

While your spray paint dries, staple your fabric to your foam.

 

Once your paint is dry, use your hot glue to secure your wire mesh to the inside of your frame.  Then use more hot glue to secure your fabric covered foam to the backside of your picture frame.

 (optional):  If you’re using a wooden frame, you can screw your hooks into the frame for added display.

Display your jewelry holder anywhere you please.

 

 

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DIY: Chic Fabric Covered Magnetic Board

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009

Sneak Peek of Final Product:

magnetic board corner final

There are many ways to cover a corkboard with fabric – this I have done, but I was curious about making a fabric covered magnetic board, so I started poking around online.  In doing my research, I saw that there were not a lot of fabric covered magnetic boards out there, but I did find some where the crafty creator is actually cutting steel for inside of a frame. Perhaps I am lazy, or just a bit chicken when it comes to cutting metal, but I just wanted to cover a magnetic board that I found at the local office supply store. 

Supplies:

  1. 18” x 24” magnetic dry erase board from office supply store
  2. Heavy duty nickel sized magnets from hardware store (not from office supply, those are too weak)
  3. 5/8 yard of cotton fabric of choice (the thinner the better, but not transparent)
  4. Decorative brads (or shells, or glass rocks, or whatever you choose to glue to your magnets.)
  5. Decorative ribbon for “frame” and for optional hanging. 
  6. Hot glue gun

supplies

Start by ironing your cotton fabric to remove any creases.  Then lay your magnetic board on top of the fabric.

lay flat

Begin gluing the fabric to the top of the magnetic board.  (Note: This is easier to do if your fabric has some sort of pattern or stripe that you can follow to align the fabric as you glue.)  Then glue the bottom, and then glue the sides.  Go slowly, because you don’t want any puckering and you want your fabric pattern to be straight. 

glue fabric

My magnetic board came with tiny brackets for hanging on the wall, so I cut into the fabric where I wanted the bracket (16” apart is the width of most wall studs).  Then I glued around the bracket to solidify the fabric edging, and to secure the bracket in place. 

cut into fabric glue bracket

While your glue on the board dries, take your magnets and hot glue the brads on top of the magnets.  [Note: these magnets are powerful, and dangerous around small children, so I would not do this project around, or for, anyone under the age of 5]. 

magnets

glue brad

Allow your new magnets to dry, and turn back to the ribbon “frame” on your magnetic board.  Lay out your ribbon, and glue it slowly, while you trim up the corners.  Apply glue underneath all of the ribbon and let dry. 

ribbon glue

ribbon corner

Optional:  If you do not want to use the brackets to hang your board, you can add a ribbon trim, like pictured below.   Make sure you use a lot of glue to secure the bow in place.  [Pretend the glue is collagen, and the bow is Meg Ryan’s lips and pump away !  Sorry Meg, I still love ya.]    

bow glued 

So here’s how it looks when it’s complete.  Total time is about 90 minutes. 

final magnet board

Idea Gallery:

Gal’s Office: Do a larger version of this with a dramatic patterned fabric and elegant ribbon, and use antique buttons or scrapbook “jewels” for the magnets. 

Guy’s Office:  Cover the board in slate gray, and make magnets out of polished rocks.  Or would he prefer beer bottle caps?  :-)

Boy’s Room:  For a pirate theme, find a fabric with a map pattern, and make magnets with gold coins.  If your boy loves cars, make a “racetrack” on the board  with gray or black ribbon, and find miniature cars for his magnets.  Zoom zoom.

Beach Style:  Find a cotton linen fabric, then make magnets with shells or sea glass. 

Kitchen:  Find a fabric that compliments your kitchen, then make magnets out of miniature food items found at your local craft store,  or from anything metallic that matches your hardware.

Mudroom/Home Organization Center:  Anything goes.

If you do this project, send me your photos and I will post them !

Oh, and check out these different style handmade magnetic boards on Etsy. These are very chic.  Also, look at Little Birdie Secrets version of a magnetic board.  And also her separate post on fabric covered button magnets.  Love them!