I never watched the TV show ‘Sex and the City’ but I do completely relate to one of main characters Carrie Bradshaws lines-
“I like my money right where I can see it… hanging in my closet.”
Last week I did this post on my wardrobe and the way I store everything and today’s post is going to show how I created my newest addition- a jewellery display board.
I was feeling the need for a better way to store and display everything and after a week of pondering how best to create one, and two trips to the hardware shop to look at materials, I finally came up with a plan.
I created one smaller board with extra padding for my brooches and a larger one without the padding to display my statement necklaces which I just adore and love looking at.
Here’s what you need-
- A large piece of reasonably dense foam, polystyrene, soft board or cork. I found this multi-purpose foam at Bunnings Warehouse- it was cheaper than the polystyrene (which only came in HUGE SHEETS) and hessian covered softboard. Look around the insulation section of your local hardware store to see if they have something similar. Do bear in mind that you want it to be reasonably thick, 2cm at least would be ideal.
- Either a sheet of foam like what I have used or if you can’t find that, cushion stuffing.
- Fabric of your choice. I used a cheap felt material
- Craft knife
- Staple Gun
- Steel ruler
- Heavy duty skewers
- Ribbon or cotton thread
Start by measuring up the size that you want your board to be. I did the smaller one first and went with 40cm x 40cm.
Use the steel ruler as a guide and cut the shape using the craft knife.
If you are doing a board for pinning brooches, measure and cut a layer of the foam to go over the top.
Staple the foam onto the board.
Cut up your material so that you have a decent amount for folding over the back.
Fold it up and secure with either pins or staples. If your foam is dense enough, the pins will work fine. Initially when I tried to staple gun the material down, they weren’t going through the fabric well. Later on I changed the staples to new ones (the others had been sitting in the gun for some time) and they went though the fabric much better… the older ones must have been blunt!
Cut the corners so you get a cleaner finish
And continue on all four sides until it’s all secure.
You can use a few pins into the corners to make them look neat.
Now for the tricker part. I had to really think about how I would hang these boards as I couldn’t attach anything to the back since the board is soft and it wouldn’t be stable. So I came up with this solution- Cut some skewers down so they are maybe 10cm long. Use the craft knife to create a small slit in the fabric near a corner and push the skewer into the foam.
Do the same on the other side and then tie on some cotton (multiple threads), ribbon or embroidery cotton. This means you can hang it on a nail or hook in the wall.
You can push all your brooches into the board and put pins along the bottom to hang necklaces off.
As mentioned before, I did the exact same thing for my second board, except I left out using the foam. One thing to mention (thank you for this tip Erin Micklow!) is that hanging necklaces like this can be damaging longterm due to the weight. None of my necklaces are worth much, they aren’t real vintage so I’m going to risk it but it’s something to bear in mind.
If you would like to create a board for clipping hair flowers and bows to, attach multiple horizontal strips of twine or ribbon (twine will probably be better at ensuring the clips don’t slide down) to the board.