I was stumped what to do with the shorter necklaces. The makeover project was incomplete. Where do you go for inspiration - a craft store! I found the answer browsing the Lincraft Paper Mache section.
Need a necklace stand? Here is an easy DIY project.
Cardboard cylinder (from Lincraft or similar)
Hooks &/or pins
Tape measure or ruler
An internal item to weigh the cylinder down (eg a few garden rocks)
Sturdy cardboard containers used, along with a packet of hooks.
Use a tape measure to mark a line where the pins will be inserted. If your stand will be on display, make the pencil mark very faint.
In my case I knew the top of the cylinders would meet the roof of the cupboard they would be inside. I left a little room at the top to easily place and remove the necklaces from the hooks. Still high enough for the necklaces to hang higher than the base.
I was tempted to turn the cylinder upside down so that the lid became the base. However the wall plus the lid provides a thicker wall giving more stability for the hooks that would be inserted.
The wall + the lid = a thicker surface to hold the hooks
In my case I knew the height of the shelf would hold these containers in place, so they wouldn't tip over. If you plan on placing your necklace stand on a counter top, I suggest weighing them down for stability. Perhaps placing a few garden rocks inside would do the trick. Now would be the time to put those inside.
If you don't plan to insert hooks around the entire circumference, then insert a few pins at the back to help hold the lid in place. If you plan to use hooks the whole way round, then skip this step. (I used the pin from a picture hook set).
TIP: Use the side of a tape measure to help push the pins in. Much easier on the fingers.
Insert a hook using the line you drew earlier as a guide. If the hook has a thread (as pictured), avoid pushing straight in. Twisting it in will allow for a better fit. Repeat around the cylinder leaving enough space in between hooks for the necklaces to hang without becoming tangled. A few centimetres between hooks should do the trick.
Alternatively you could use marker pins or picture hooks. These would work best for necklaces that aren't too chunky or heavy.
The necklace stands I created will be placed on a shelf where turning the cylinders will not be convenient. Therefore hooks were inserted on one side only. You could insert hooks the whole way round.
My preferred stand is the one on the right. The larger white hooks holds the necklace away from the cylinder (which looks tidier). Plus they feel sturdier to use than the pins on the left. There is also room to layer a few necklaces on each hook.
Before starting, I made sure the height of the hooks would allow enough height for the necklaces to fall without touching the base.
Project 'jewellery storage makeover' complete!
I can't believe all of this used to live in a draw. No wonder I could never find anything, and was wearing the same pieces all the time (those being the ones I could find easily).
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