I have been eye-ing several fabric jewelry holders for months, but it wasn't until last week that I finally found the time to make one for my daughter. My only requirement is that I had to use things that I already had or were free. Here's the final product:
And here's the how-to!:
1. Pick a board. I literally used an old scrap of awful particle board that we had in the garage. It wasn't a perfect square (which was fine since this was for my 4-year-old), but if you wanted, you could cut it into a perfect square or rectangle. I didn't even sand the edges since I wrapped the board in batting and fabric, so the edges were well covered.
2. Find a scrap of batting or interfacing that is slightly larger than the board.
Wrap the batting around the front of the board, then use a staple gun to staple it to the board.
*Make sure you hammer the staples down flat so they don't scratch the wall.
3. Find a scrap of fabric that is slightly larger than the board. My daughter picked this color out. It wasn't my first choice, but it wasn't for me! Wrap the fabric around the board and staple it. Make sure you pull it taut so it doesn't wrinkle and if you have a pattern, make sure it is even.
4. I did the hanger step last, which in retrospect was silly because it tough to screw stuff into the back when the hooks were in the front. If I did it again, I'd do this step fourth. I used two soda can tabs as hangers (my husband scavenged these out of the recycling bin at work). I (I mean, my husband) screwed them to the back of the board.
5. For the front, my daughter picked an aqua fabric (which was a better choice than the hot pink that she chose first). I had ribbon that matched perfectly, so I glued a ribbon onto the board.
Then I made the rosettes. There are probably a million better tutorials that are better, but here's how I made mine. I cut long strips of fabric. I found that tapering them at one end made it easier to start the spiral. I rolled the strip, then used hot glue to glue the roll to a piece of jersey I had lying around.
I would put a little glue, then roll the strip and press it down. I did this over and over until I have a rosette. Then, I glued the tail underneath the rosette, trimmed any extra white jersey, then hot glued the rosette to the board. I made three of them. The ends frayed a little because I didn’t tuck them under, which I was fine with. I like the shabbiness of it! If you don't like it, I would try jersey or tucking the frayed edges in before rolling it!
6. Then, the cup hooks. I did these in a few steps because I didn't want to use power tools. First, I used a measuring tape and push pins to get an idea of where I wanted the hooks (see the picture above). Then, I took a small nail and hammered it into the board to make a small hole. I wiggled the nail around, then pulled it out.
Then I stuck the cup hook in the premade hole, banged it with the hammer, then just twisted the cup hook into the board.
7. Once the ribbons are on, the cup hooks are in and the hangers on the back are mounted, just hang onto a wall and let your child (or you) hang all of their goodies on it!
The only thing I bought was a pack of 20 cup hooks for $3.99 at Lowe's. Everything else I had on hand and now my daughter has a jewelry organizer in her favorite colors for under $5!