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Upcycle A Picture Frame Into A Jewelry Board

This is a craft project for the un-crafty, and a must for any woman who has her jewelry heaped in a box on her bureau.
I made my first board a few years ago, and since then I can’t believe how much more I wear my fun jewelry because I can see it when I’m getting dressed!
This was my original board. I loved the robins egg blue/chocolate brown combo that coordinated with my old master bedroom, but the busy background took away from the jewelry.
This board hung in the walk-in closet of my previous master bedroom. In our new house, the closet in our bedroom is, um, a bit more petite, and so the jewelry board will be finding a new home in the bathroom. I love how my necklaces and bracelets pop on the natural burlap background and I really love how the board is pretty yet functional. Some of these items I don’t even wear but they remind me of – or were given to me by – someone special.

Why not enjoy your lovely things everyday?

Here’s any easy way for you to hang your jewelry to keep the pieces from entangling in a jewelry box, remind you to wear them and serve as some eye candy for your walls!
Empty picture frame
1/4″ Foamboard 
Fabric (I used inexpensive burlap)
Packing tape (optional)
Cut foamboard to the size of your empty frame (I taped two pieces of foamboard together with packing tape to make a board big enough.)  Foamboard is easy to cut, and is sturdy enough to hold the jewelry without the tacks falling out (aided by a little glue).
Cut a piece of fabric a couple inches wider and longer than the board. Cover the board with Mod Podge and then wrap with fabric. (If you use Mod Podge, work quickly, it dries fast!)
I used the brayer to fully adhere the fabric to the board.
Secure the fabric to the back of the board with strong adhesive. Tape worked just fine for me.
The upholstery tacks are like little pieces of jewelry themselves!
Using a pencil, mark where you want to add your tacks or pins to the board. You might want to lay out your jewelry to see how far apart you want to space your tacks. I have a short row on the bottom for bracelets and the rest are for necklaces. The jewelry overlaps but I wanted to fit a lot of tacks on the board so I was okay with the overlap.
Before pushing the tacks or pins into the board, dip them in a strong glue to hold them in place once the jewelry is hung from them. Make sure it dries completely before hanging your jewelry.
Pop the board into your frame. My frame had brads left in it (from it’s previous life housing a print in my son’s nursery). I used the brads to hold the board in, but you could also use packing tape to secure the lightweight foam board inside the frame.

Put a d-ring or saw-tooth hanger on the back of the frame for hanging, and
enjoy your work of art!

Most of my baubles are nothing special, but I love seeing them anyway!
I love the neutral texture the natural burlap adds (and it’s so inexpensive!!!)
This one below just reminds me of my Gramma and makes me smile!
I’m enjoying being able to see my necklaces and bracelets when I get dressed, but I also think the bling looks pretty and interesting on the wall. I hope you make one so you, too, can enjoy your lovely things every day!
See how I organized small jewelry in a bureau drawer, using odds and ends from around the house!
Store small jewelry in a drawer that contains a kitchen organizer.


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SJ @ Homemaker On A Dime

Monday 2nd of May 2011

Hi, friend! I'm admiring all your creative projects here so can you please share them with us at the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop? I hope to see you there at the party :)

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Thursday 28th of April 2011

I really need something like this. So pretty. How great not to have to untangle my chains. Thanks.

Denise at PinkPostcard.

Thursday 28th of April 2011

I love this! love using jewelry as art. you did a beautiful job, nice tutorial. Thanks for sharing this at Transformations and Treasures!

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Wednesday 27th of April 2011

Beautiful jewelry board. I like the plain, neutral background. It makes your jewelry stand out beautifully.

A Vintage Vine

Wednesday 27th of April 2011

I need this in the cloffice! Thanks for the how to! Where did you get those tacks....I know you said ebay....but was it a particular seller?