I have this old antique dresser in my bedroom that I love. I try to keep it nice and organized (see my DIY Underwear Drawer Organizer) and a couple years ago I painted it a light purplish grey colour which matches perfectly in my organized chaos of a room. I’m proud of the dresser. It’s one of those pieces that I’m really happy with but there’s just one problem. It has these two cute little shelves prone to collect my clutter: rings, bobby pins, stud earring, bracelets, and more bobby pins. And it drives me crazy! So, I knew that I had to come up with something that would hold my clutter but would also look nice and like it belonged on my coveted dresser. After some experimenting, I came up with this gorgeous and elegant jewelry holder.
You’ll be happy with this ring holder. It’s quite easy and cheap to make. All you need to begin is two saucers (get them for cheap at a thrift store!), a shot glass and some spray paint. After that you’re free to embellish however you’d like. I chose to decorate with silver leaf because it’s just so much fun to work with and I knew the metallic would look good on my dresser. However, if you find silver leaf too pricey, you could use metallic paint as well.
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DIY JEWELRY HOLDER
Materials needed for the DIY Jewelry Holder:
- 1 saucer measuring 7 inches in diameter with a 1/2 inch ridge
- 1 curved saucer measuring 5.5 inches in diameter
- 1 shot glass, the opening measuring 2.25 inches in diameter
- Spray paint (I used Liquitex Professional Spray Paint 12-oz, Unbleached Titanium)
- Silver Leaf
- Metal Leaf Adhesive
- 2 small Foam Brushes
Special Equipment needed for the DIY Jewelry Holder:
- Glue gun
Instructions for the DIY Jewelry Holder:
- Spray paint the two saucers and the shot glass. Make sure that they are nice and clean before spraying. Spray bottom and top of saucers and only the outside of the shot glass. It’s winter here in Canada and I really didn’t feel like going outside to spray paint so I made my own “spray paint station” out of a cardboard box (don’t look at the background mess). Make sure, if you do this, to do it in a well ventilated room and where a mask:
- It took me a few days to get all three items spray painted nice and even. I began by spray painting one side first, let it dry and then spray painted the other side and let it dry again. I did this process twice – they really needed a second coat – and they turned out perfect:
- Apply silver leaf to saucers. The first step is to apply the adhesive to the areas that you want the silver leaf to adhere to. Apply a very thin layer with a foam brush and don’t leave any puddles as this will show through your leaf. For the large saucer, I applied the adhesive on the large ridge and rim. For the small saucer, I applied it on the rim only. Let dry for about 30 minutes until tacky (check the instruction on your adhesive bottle – your drying time may be less or more).
- Once adhesive has dried, open your silver leaf book directly next to the saucer you’ll be working on first. Open the book to a fresh silver leaf and lift at corners and place on the ridge of your saucer. *Your really not suppose to use your fingers with metal leaf because it’ll stick to them but I do all the time, I find it easier. Just make sure to gently touch the corners only.*
- Press the leaf down with your dry foam brush by tapping gently until all areas of the leaf is sticking well to the adhesive.
- Gently rip off the excess sheet of leaf with your foam brush and continue the process until all areas are covered. Don’t worry about the excess bits – we’ll take care of that in the next step.
Brush off the excess leaf using an old bristle brush or a foam brush. I use a foam brush, I find it gets the little pieces off better. Use a little more force than you did while applying the leaf and continue until all excess is removed.
- Glue the ring holder together. Time to plug-in your glue gun! Place the shot glass upside down in the middle of your large saucer. Draw a few pencil lines around the shot glass – the glue dries quick so it’s nice to have a reference. Glue the opening rim of the shot glass with a thin line of glue (Try to glue in the inside area of the rim more than the outside. The glue spreads when pressed down and will be noticeable if you’ve put too much glue or if your glue is more towards the outside of the shot glass and not the inside). Once you’ve applied a line of glue to the shot glass, carefully place it in the middle of your reference lines and press down.
- Now to add the top piece. Add some glue to the middle of the underside of the small saucer. Align the middle of the small saucer with the shot glass and gently press down.
- All done! You can add a sealer to the areas with silver leaf. However, I didn’t and haven’t run into any problems. Enjoy! xxx
*This post is included in “Made by You Monday“, a link party by Skip To My Lou. Make sure you check it out, there’s lots of fun DIY and Craft Ideas!