A little while ago I saw this idea on Pinterest, and promptly pinned it to one of my boards – my collection of costume necklaces has been living in a large wooden bowl and it’s a less than ideal solution – lots of tangling and forgetting what’s buried underneath. I’d been toying with the idea of finding a way to hang my necklaces, and this really appealed, but it still wasn’t quite right – I have a lot of chunky, weighty pieces, and I worried that a canvas wouldn’t be able to support that weight. Also, I’d need to make several of these covered canvases to house all the bling, and that seemed like it would end up looking very busy.
And then I bought wood earlier for a completely separate project (next week!) and the light bulb flashed. I finally got a chance to sit down and make my version of the necklace hanger – and I am so pleased with the result! I love that this system prevents those hideous tangles, I can see all my necklaces (and one random bracelet – Cole and Immy insisted on hanging them all for me and an empty hook just isn’t the done thing..and I've since found several more that were hanging out in other random spots around the house) and the display does wonders to brighten up a previously bland beige space. (I’m being super slow in getting things up on the wall here) It’s also really hard to beat a project that costs less than $6, and that’s with buying wood and cuphooks, things that lots of us already have waiting in the garage!
5 days later and I still can’t help but smile every time I see all that pretty!
I took some photos along the way in case you are keen to make one of your own (or just want to laugh and point at the fact that I painted hardware with nail polish, ha!)
What you’ll need:
~a piece of lumber (mine is 4.2cm x 1.9cm x 90cm – approx. 1”x2” x 1 yard long clear pine. It cost me the grand total of 85c from Bunning’s. Use any scraps you have in the garage etc – as long as it fits where you want it to go, and is long enough for your bling, it’s the perfect size! and really, if you have something old and gnarled and characterful, you may not even want to cover it!)
~some batting (preferably the length of your wood and wide enough to wrap around 75% of the circumference. Honestly though, this would also be an ideal job for those pesky little pieces since you’ll just be stapling them on)
~some fabric (similar dimensions as the batting, but slightly longer in length for wrapping the ends)
~cup hooks (my pack of 25 was $5 at Bunning’s, and I used 24 of them)
~Command 3M picture hanging strips (or hanging method of your choice)
Staple gun and staples, glue gun (optional depending on hanging method used), hammer and small nail, nail polish.
Make it happen:
1. Decide how nutty you want to get…this is the time to paint those cup hooks and a few staples if you’re that way inclined. (and a note from the *been there done that* camp: if you’re using super-cheap nail polish that you bought for $2 on an end cap clearance, then do the job outside, or this is where you pass out from the diabolical fumes!)
2. Wrap the batting around your wood (snigger), lining the an end up with the edge as in the picture – I deliberately cut my batting so that it wouldn’t go all the way around the circumference of the wood, as I didn’t want to fight with getting cuphooks through all that bulk. Similarly, my batting is only as long as the wood so that I don’t need to wrestle it into neat folds – that area will be covered by fabric anyway. Staple the batting in place.
The lined-up edge will be the front of your hanger, and your batting should fit over the wide front, the narrow top and end partway down the wide back (does that make sense?) The reason I didn’t line the whole back with batting (or fabric) is so that I could attach 3m strips for attaching the hanger to the wall, and those strips don’t cling particularly well to fabric.
3. I painted the underside of the thin edge of wood with nail varnish at this point (I blame the fumes I mainlined in step 1 for this particular little trip down insanity aisle!) since I wasn’t sure if you’d be able to see that bit of wood once everything was done, and I thought the raw wood might be a bit obvious – again, I resisted putting fabric there so I didn’t have to jam the cup hooks through anything except wood, the fabric and risk tears and pulls (never mind making life more difficult!)
4. Now all you need to do is add the fabric – line up one long edge with the batting that finished partway down the wide back side, and staple securely, making sure you leave enough fabric on each end to fold and cover the edges. Wrap the fabric around the wood, following the batting, then all I did was fold under the excess fabric so that the fabric extended slightly beyond the bottom front edge, and stapled it to the narrow bottom, leaving some (painted) wood exposed. It’s a really good idea to staple from the centre out to keep the fabric smooth and prevent you ending up with a bubble of excess in the middle!
5. Fold the ends of the fabric on each side over to the back, stapling as you go to keep the folds and corners crisp.
6. Screw in your cuphooks. I eyeballed the distance between cuphooks, and just poked the tip in at each point so there'd be an indentation as a marker. Then I tapped a small nail about 1/4" into the wood at each marker - it makes screwing the cup hooks in by hand so much easier if you have a little hole started in the wood for the screw to grip.
7. Attach whatever hanging mechanism you choose – as I mentioned before, I used 3m Velcro picture hanging strips, and simply hot glued them to the wood for extra security.
8. Mount on your wall of choice, stand back and admire your handiwork!
Good grief – is there an award somewhere for making an incredibly quick and easy project seem insurmountable and intensive? Sheesh. If you've managed to get all the way through that, well done! And if you happen to make one for yourself, I'd really love to see your version - please post a pic on Tropical Soup's Flickr group!