Too Thrifty Chicks: Frames, cubes and fabrics not your everyday jewelry box
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When playing dress up, the right accessories can make or break an outfit. And wasting time searching through jewelry boxes that keep everything out of sight and out of mind can break your morning. Seriously, on the wrong morning, hunting for those fabulous earrings that you just know you have somewhere and are perfect for this outfit can put you in a state of four-alarm frustration before you’ve even had your first jolt of caffeine.

So why not put all, or at least most, of the accessories where you can see them?

Both Ricks and I like to see all our options when getting dressed, so we looked for jewelry storage options that would store as well as display our jewelry. We both have a ton of accessories and being able to see it also allows us to avoid buying things we don’t need.

Ricks had three wire cubes that she wasn’t using, and instead of letting them go to waste, she repurposed them to hold jewelry. The only supplies she needed were small nails and picture frame hooks. The little individual squares of the racks are perfect for holding earrings with fish hook backs, necklaces, bracelets, watches and sunglasses.

I wanted to create something that would serve a dual purpose as wall art and accessory holder. Trusty Google led me to a post about how to make jewelry storage out of a quilting hoop. I loved the creator’s finished product, so I adapted the project to fit my needs. I used 14-inch wood cross-stitch hoop, $1.99 at Michaels; spray paint, $3.87 at Home Depot; printed fabric, $2.97  for 1/2 a yard at Walmart; quilter’s T-pins, $4.21 for 60 at Jo-Ann’s Fabric; hot glue gun; and a glue stick.

Steps toward awesomeness:

1. Spray paint the wooden cross-stitch hoop and allow it to dry. Note: The post I adapted this from used a quilting hoop. I decided against that because it cost $16.99 and I was going for cheap. I figured if it didn’t work, I’d try again with the other hoop.

2. Loosen the outer ring and slip the fabric through. I doubled the fabric, because I wanted a stronger hold, but this is probably not absolutely necessary. Note: In the original post, the DIY’er used needlepoint cloth.

3. When you’ve pulled the fabric as tight as you’d like, cut the excess. I left enough fabric to hot glue to the back of the wood hoop.

4. I use quilter T pins to hang my earrings, but it also works if you simply want to stick them in the fabric.

5. Step back and enjoy your creation!

Including the dry time for the spray paint, this project took less than two hours to complete and cost less than $10 to make. I had shadow boxes that I was going to give to the Goodwill, but I repurposed them to hold sunglasses, stud earrings and bracelets.

Save yourself some time and some trouble when getting dressed by putting your accessories on display. You’ll get the ease of knowing where everything is and the satisfaction of using your accessories as wall art. Classic win-win.
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