With all of the tutorials I’ve been writing and the new jewelry designs that I have been creating, I am in desperate need of jewelry storage options! Turn an old frame into a fun and fresh jewelry display with by following the easy steps below! This project needs a few days to complete so that your adhesives can fully dry. Please note that because the required materials depends on your frame choice, I have not included the quantities of each material you will require. Once you have selected your frame, you should be able to measure out the rest of your material requirements. Enjoy and don’t forget to post your own creations!
- Frame with Matting
- Patterned Paper
- Mod Podge & Foam Brush
- Wire mesh or screen
- Strong Adhesive
- Scissors or an x-acto knife
1. Remove the backing, matting & glass from your frame. Discard the backing & glass; set the frame aside for later use. The size of the frame does not matter, it is entirely dependent on how large you want your jewelry display to be. The frame I am using is approximately 12”x14”.
2. Take your patterned paper and size it down with scissors or an exacto knife so that it will cover the frame’s matting with slight margins. If your matting is larger than your patterned paper, try cutting the paper with diagonal margins, as I have done; they make for nicer seams. The larger the frame you use, the more paper you will need to cover your matting.
3. Spread a thin layer of Mod Podge onto the matting and cover it with your patterned paper, ensuring that the matting is completely covered with excess margins on all sides. Smooth out any air bubbles and let it dry completely; I suggest letting it dry for 1-2 hours. If you matting starts to warp from the moisture of the Mod Podge, set some heavy books on top of the matting while it dries. Once your paper has completely dried onto the matting, trim the excess paper margins off the matting using scissors or an x-acto knife.
4. Spread thin layer of Mod Podge or another clear sealant on the top of the patterned paper. If you plan on hanging your jewelry display in the bathroom, I suggest using a waterproof sealant to protect your display frame!
5. Cut your wire screen to slightly smaller than your matting. Adhere your screen to back of the matting using an adhesive like E6000 or a hot glue gun. If you are feeling ambitious, like I was, consider making your own screen using baker’s twine and chipboard. I made a frame approximately 11”x 13”and punched several holes along the edges. I then thread the baker’s twine through the holes and tied them off to create a grid. While this was time consuming and using a premade wire screen would be easier, I wanted to add decorative beads to the grid for an added touch of fun. This also allowed me to make the grid size fully customizeable!
6. Once the matting and the screen are completed dried together, apply a small amount of E6000 or hot glue to the inside of the frame. Gently place the mat/screen piece into the frame and press firmly into place. Flip the frame over and carefully remove any adhesive that has seeped into the front of the frame.
7. Using a hot glue gun, attach a metal frame hanger or ribbon so that you can hang your jewelry frame on the wall!
Design Ideas & Variations
- For extra flair, add fibers, ribbons, silk flowers and more to your frame. The extra embellishment looks fabulous!
- Try adding hooks or buttons to the frame or matting in order to easy hand necklaces, bracelets & rings