It's September and that means it's my turn to contribute a gift to the Handmade Christmas Gift blog hop. For those of you who are new here, I have gotten together with some blogger friends and we are making one gift per month (or at least we are trying). In this way, we will have 12 handmade gifts by the time December rolls around. In previous months I have made a pillow and a wooden heart.
As I mentioned, this month I get to make a gift and my blogger friends, and of course you all, are invited to copy it or make a variation.
What am I making? Well, because I've been working so hard all year I am going to make a gift for myself. After all a happy blogger is a productive blogger! I'm making a jewelry organizer for earrings.
I originally got this idea from my friend Lauren at Bless'er House. I liked the idea of having all the jewelry hanging so that I could find the pieces, instead of having to search in a box. Lauren made another piece as well for her necklaces, but I am going to concentrate on the earrings which I am always losing.
We start out with a simple frame. I wiped it down with soap and water and let it dry.
I then took a thick piece of cardboard and cut it down so that it fit into the frame.
I painted the frame using an acrylic craft paint. When I poured the paint into a pallet, it was very thick, probably because I neglected to close the bottle properly. I could have added a bit of water to thin it out but I opted to just put it on as it was. It went on nice and thick and gave the frame instant texture. One coat was all I needed.
The next step was to repurpose this lovely satiny blouse. It was a beauty but I was lucky if I could fit one arm into it. I cut it up and glued it onto the cardboard.
Here is where I took Lauren's idea of the chicken wire and turned it upside down. I wanted the same idea of holes to place my earrings thru but I was not going to run to the farm anytime soon. Anyway, the chicken wire at the farm is very rusty and full of well...chicken.
Instead, I placed an old doily on top of the cardboard which was covered with the satin fabric. As you can see, this doily was not exactly symmetrical, but I liked this off center look.
Here is what the back of the cardboard looks like. I have glued the doily onto the satin but you can also sew it on.
This doily and fabric covered cardboard fits snuggly into the frame. And that is pretty much it. I could have added some paper to cover the back, but I might decide to change out the fabric later on so I left it like that.
I hung the earrings on the doily and I was done.
And here it is in action. I can always add a staple in the back and hang it later on but for now it will sit on my dresser.
Doesn't the frame look rustic and worn out? So much better than that orange!
I don't have that many earrings, so I'm displaying my girls' ... but now that I have a place to hang them I'll have the perfect excuse to buy more.
And that is my handmade Christmas gift to myself. A jewelry organizer for earrings. I spent no money on this one and it was such an easy project to make. I think that most of us have a frame sitting around at home. And of course, if you want a more rustic look you can check out Lauren's Rustic Industrial Jewelry Organizer and use chicken wire.
As I mentioned before this is a great way to take care of many of your Christmas gifts early on. No last minute rushing, no fighting with the crowds in the store. Does that sound like a great idea or what?
What do you all thing? Is this not the best gift for anyone who is organization challenged ... at least in the jewelry department? I think I deserve this gift, and now I can even start to look into buying some more earrings. A win-win!!
I hope I have inspired you to create some simple gifts for Christmas. Now hop on down and take a look at what we have made so far this year over at the blog hop.
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I'm Mary and I live in beautiful Greece where I like to repurpose and upcycle anything that is old or looks like junk. Join me as we use our creativity to spark some life into old things. And do it frugally! You will also see lots of photography of my Greece.