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DIY Glittered Dish with Vintage Spice Rack Jewelry Holder 7-31-12

ImageBack when I published my first post about the vintage spice rack I turned into a jewelry holder, I knew I needed some sort of dish or cup to put my stud earrings, rings, and bracelets in. Luckily I found some great plastic dishes at Michaels that were really cheap!

Supplies:
Clear Dish (plastic)
Glitter
Mod Podge (Satin)
Paint brush
Cup for glitter (I used a Dixie cup)
Clear acrylic sealant
ImageFirst I poured the glitter into the dixie cup and then slowly added the mod podge to it. Then using the paint brush, I mixed it up thoroughly and then painted the glitter onto the dishes. I ended up painting three coats onto the dishes and let them dry for about 30 minutes in between. Then I sprayed the clear acrylic sealant all over the dishes and let them dry for an hour. The first picture on this post is what the dishes look like from the outside and inside once finished.

Next I poured all of my stud earrings into one of the dishes, and then put my soft bracelets into the other with my rings. Here is what my finalized spice rack turned jewelry holder with custom glittered dishes looks like!
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DIY Jewelry Holder made from a vintage spice rack 7-27-12

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So one of the first things I found on pinterest when I first signed up was a blog on how to make a jewelry holder from an old spice rack! The original blog post can be found here:
http://theladeedah.blogspot.com/2011/08/jewelry-rack.html

Once I bought everything it only took a day to complete!
Here’s what I bought:
1. Spice Rack – I found one on etsy.com for $7!
2. Package of brass cup hooks – I used 11 total, just go with whatever size you think is appropriate, I used 5/8
3. Package of steel wire nails – size 1/2 x 19
4. Galvanized Hardware Cloth – 1/4″ mesh, try to find the smallest roll possible, I ended up with a huge 5ft roll
5. Wood Putty – to cover the nail holes
6. Sand Paper
7. Can of Light Gray Gloss Spray Paint
8. Can of clear acrylic sealant
9. Lace Ribbon

Things I had on hand:
1. Hammer
2. Pliers
3. Large Silver push pin
4. Newspaper
5. Small Hand Saw (not necessary, I just used it for my project)
6. Wire cutters or scissors
7. Stapler and Staples

Ok so here’s what my spice rack looked like before I started altering it:
ImageIt was pretty dinky looking and I was very worried I was gonna ruin the whole thing once I started using the hammer but luckily it held up.
Next I decided to pry off the two wood pieces that were on the front of the spice rack as well as the bottom big wooden piece. The way I accomplished this was by carefully using the hammer to kind of hammer out the pieces. Once I got them some what broken, I was able to carefully hammer the nails back out of the wood and used the pliers to grab them out.
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Thankfully the two little wooden pieces held up cause I reused one later on! Next I hammered out the bottom piece. After that I measured the length of the inside of the spice rack and cut one of the small wooden pieces to size with the hand saw. Then I used the small wire nails to hammer it carefully into place at the bottom of the spice rack.
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After getting that all done, I used the wood putty to cover up all of the little holes and imperfections in the spice rack. Then I sanded the whole thing down with the sand paper. After that I screwed cup hooks into the spaces where the front wooden pieces had been (4 total), and then I screwed in 7 cup hooks into the bottom wooden piece I had just attached.
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After that the spice rack was ready to be painted! I put down a ton of newspaper outside and carefully spray painted the spice rack with the light gray paint. Here it is after one coat. I ended up using two coats total.
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After letting the first coat dry, I resanded the entire spice rack to help get out some of the drip marks I accidentally made. Then I sprayed the second coat on and let it dry. After letting it completely dry for over an hour, I then went back and sprayed the entire thing with a clear coat acrylic sealant.

Next up after it was completely dry, I took out the hardware cloth and cut it down to size. Instead of two separate pieces I decided just to use one whole piece on the back. This was probably the most time consuming part of the entire project. Once everything was cut to the perfect size, I used a stapler to staple the hardware cloth to the back of the spice rack. I used A LOT of staples, just to make sure it wouldn’t come off at all. Here is what it looked like after it was all stapled on.
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After that I got out some thick lace ribbon I had laying around.
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It was too thick to go through the little existing wall hanging pieces, so after cutting out the length I needed, I then cut it down the middle. Then I carefully threaded it through the little holes of the wall hangers and tied it in a bow at the top.
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So that is the finished jewelry holder! All that was left to do was hang it on the wall and hang my earrings and necklaces on it! I used a cute large silver push pin to hang it from the wall.
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I used the cup hooks to hang my necklaces from. I also used the bottom part of the spice rack to hang my longer earrings from. The top part was used to hang the smaller earrings I had. I still am going to buy some sort of small dish or figure something out that I can put my stud earrings in, and maybe some of my bracelets. Overall it was really easy and it looks great hanging up!
*Side Note – the brass cup hooks aren’t great for spray painting, and the paint kept coming off. I would say either keep them as they are or buy the white version of them.*

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DIY Coral, Sea Green, Rose Chain Bracelet 7-8-12

So I found this really cute DIY bracelet on pinterest the other day but any time I clicked the pin, it just took me to a picture of the bracelet, no instructions or anything:

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I thought it was really adorable and it looked fairly easy enough to make, so I decided to make a trip to Michaels and I was able to find everything I needed! They look pretty similar right? The only thing I did differently was I decided to braid the embroidery floss before braiding them with the chain.

Supplies:

  1. DMC Cotton Embroidery Floss in Coral (#351) – 1 bunch, $0.35
  2. DMB Cotton Embroidery Floss in Medium Sea Green (#959) – 1 bunch, $0.35
  3. Bead Landing Chain in Light Rose Gold (96”) – 1 pack, $3.99
  4. Bead Landing Findings package in Light Rose Gold (100 pieces) – 1 pack, $3.99
  5. Scissors
  6. Tape
  7. Wire Cutters (or just use your scissors but be careful!)
  8. Bobby pin (optional)
  9. Tacky glue (optional)

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Instructions:

  1. Take one of the colors of embroidery floss. I chose the medium sea green to work with first. I cut the floss into one piece that was about 12” long. I chose this length because I have very small wrists and it gave me more than enough length for the bracelet. I cut 16 equal pieces total.
  2. Then I took one of the circle jump rings and threaded the seagreen floss through it and tied it in a knot. Make sure to pull each strand separately so that the knot is as tight as it can be!Image
  3. Next I hooked the bobby pin to the jump ring and taped it down to my working surface so that I could braid it without it moving around.
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  4. Since there are 16 pieces, I decided that the left and right strands would have 5 pieces each, and the middle strand would have 6 pieces. Then I proceded to braid all the way down until the piece was about an inch longer than needed to fit around my wrist. Once I got to that point, I threaded the floss through a second jump ring and knotted it. Then I pulled each strand tight again like I did at the beginning.
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  5. Proceed to repeat steps 1-4 with the coral embroidery floss. When you are finished braiding it, you should have two strands of equal length.
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  6. Next I took the rose gold chain out of its package and carefully using my wire cutters, I cut the chain into 6 pieces that were almost the same length as the braided floss pieces. I then strung each one on the jump ring using the first loop of the chain pieces and the last loop of the chain pieces.
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  7. After this, I added three more jump rings to one of the original ones from the step above and then attached the clasp piece to the last jump ring. This should give you a total of 4 jump rings attached to one another with a clasp at the end. This will become the “top” of the bracelet. Then to the bottom, I added 4 jump rings to the original one, which gives you a total of 5 jump rings attached to the bottom.
  8. Now to the “top” of the bracelet, I attached the sea green and coral braids to the jump ring that the clasp was attached to. Make sure that you have the sea green on one side of the chains, and the coral on the other, with the clasp outside of one of the colors so that it doesn’t get caught in the braiding.
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  9. I once again attached the bobby pin to the bracelet, but this time to the jump ring that had the clasp on it. I taped down the actual bobby pin to my surface and loosely braided the chains, sea green braid, and coral braid together. Once I got all the way to the bottom, I attached the jump rings of the coral and sea green braids to the 3rd jump ring on the chain. This should leave two extra jump rings hanging off the end for the clasp to attach to.Image
  10. This next step is optional, but to keep the embroidery floss from unraveling, I like to rub tacky glue all over the knot of the braids, through the jump rings, and also to the hanging extra pieces. To me in my mind, this helps keep them from unraveling or from untying, but its just something you’ll have to keep an eye on. Let the tacky glue dry for a while before trimming the end pieces down. I like to apply at least 2 coats just to make sure.
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  11. When trimming the end pieces, make sure not to trim TOO close, otherwise the chances of it untying or unraveling are greater. If you have any suggestions as to how to clip off the ends without having to worry about that, please let me know!
  12. Remember that if your bracelet isn’t long enough, you can keep adding jump rings until it is, or you can unbraid everything (as long as you haven’t glued it yet!) and make the braids longer. Just remember that once you cut the chains, you’re stuck with them at the length that you originally chose.

So here is the end result!!!!

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For another variation and to make it more like the original picture from pinterest, you can leave the embroidery pieces as is and just braid them with the chain like normal. It will look like this:
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I hope you enjoyed this explanation of how I made this bracelet, please let me know if you have any questions! – Laurie

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