Sunday, October 3, 2010

Make a Jewelry Display from What You Have in Your Kitchen

from Vively Online
Yes, you read that right.  I'm going to show you how to make a display for your jewelry using things you find in your kitchen.  In trying to sell in person, I found that my only necklace display was just too crowded and I needed to be able to showcase my jewelry creations better.  Rather than spend a bunch more money on professional jewelry displays, I took a different approach.  Dollar Store Crafts had a recent post from Vively Online about making a whisk jewelry tree.  Hers turned out pretty cool (see picture), so I thought I'd give it a try.  I didn't take pictures during my first attempt and I wish I had since I think the results were very impressive.

Just so you can see the process, here is what I did to make another set of jewelry hangers from whisks.

1 - I found a package of three wisks at the dollar store.  The are in different sizes, giving me a new challenge.
2 - Cut each of the loops in the whisk.  First, I tried to do this with a pair of Cutco shears since my son cut a penny with it and I was sure it would work. I couldn't get them to cut through, but my wire cutters did the trick just fine.  To be safe, wear eye protection while cutting in case pieces go flying (better safe than sorry).
3 - Because the dollar store whisks were so cheap, I struggled a bit with keeping the wire strands in the handle.  I had decided to take out the metal disk that separates the wire loops and I guess the tension from that was all that was keeping everything in place.  A pair of pliers to squeeze the handle in more helped a little.
4 - Use a pair of needle nose or round tip pliers to curl the end of each piece of wire.  Because different whisks have different wire, this is easier with some whisks and harder with others. Wrap it into a spiral.  I also chose to bend the wire in a few other places to give it an interesting look.
5 - Place in a container filled with something that can keep it in place.  Vively Online used decorative rocks in a jar.  I repurposed the bottom part of a 2-liter soda bottle and filled it with rice (see - everything's from your kitchen).  Stick the whisk or whisks in and shape.
6 - Add jewelry.

 I've been promising to tell you about the wonderful new items my hubby has been creating.  I used this new jewelry display to showcase these beautiful new pendants.  More details will be in a separate post, but I hope you like what you see so far.  The little spirals and loops are perfect for hanging all these pendants.  I have all three sizes of the whisks here, but just the large or medium one would have been enough to display them all.  Vively Online added beads to the wire for decoration and I'm considering adding some stone beads that will accent these pendants.

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8 mad comments:

Su said...

Love that you re-purposed soda bottle and rice!!

Karen T said...

A true kitchen creation...LOL

Angie - The Work at Home Wife said...

Here from your SITS Tribe. This is such an amazing idea! Thanks so much.

Tara said...

Here from the Rooster tribe! I love this. I am excited to see what else you have. I have thought about creating a Etsy shop lots of time, I am sure you have lots of good advice.

vickie said...

Here from SITS! Pretty amazing if you could just help me display all 300 pairs of earrings I hope to sell in fall shows! LOL They currently reside in a plastic tub.

Rach said...

LOVE this idea :) I so want to copy this but maybe substitute the soda bottle with an old mason jar I've been trying to find use for!

AllieMakes! said...

Ok. That's pretty darn cool!
You should come link this up to my Making It With Allie Party!

Jennifer said...

Wow, why can't I think of things like that?! Brilliant!! So glad I found your cute blog... I can't remember how. I think it was a blog frog community, but hi! :)

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