Tutorial for a Burlap and Crystal Jewelry Holder

Burlap jewelry holder with crystal knobs. Use upside down cup pulls to hold earrings and bracelets.
 
Like most women, I love jewelry! Not necessarily the designer variety. I just like variety! Nothing sets an outfit apart like a pop of color. Even a simple strand of pearls can give a basic T-shirt and jeans a bit of panache. The problem is that if I don’t SEE what I have, I forget about it.
 
Therefore, the construction of a rustic but refined jewelry frame came to be.
I also have a love for burlap. For something that is meant to be so utilitarian, it is a beautiful, neutral fabric that lends its self a rustic texture that gives a nod to times gone by. When you combine the rusticity of burlap with crystal, such as in this reception party photo, it reminds me that opposites attract and lend beauty to each object.

So, I’ll quit rambling and give you the tutorial. To make a a burlap and crystal jewelry organizer, you will need:

  • old frame (save the glass for your plywood measurements but subtract 1/8″ for all sides)
  • sandpaper, spray primer, spray paint
  • 1/4″ plywood
  • burlap (size of plywood plus 2″ on all sides)
  • Mod Podge
  • crystal knobs (I purchased mine here: Crystal Knobs from Amazon)
  • 2 bin pulls
  • four 2″ mending brackets, washers, screws (see picture below showing the back of the frame)
 
Instructions:
  1. Lightly sand the frame and wipe it off with a tack cloth
  2. Spray frame with 1 coat of primer, let dry. Then 2 coats of spray paint. Allow to dry.
  3. Use the glass that you removed from the frame and trace onto the plywood. Cut the plywood 1/8″ less than the tracing to allow room for your fabric.
  4. Pre-drill holes for your knob and bin pulls. My knobs are spaced 2 1/4″ apart and the second row is staggered between the top row. Make sure you allow room for the frame before you determine where you want the knobs placed!
  5. You may need to sand any splinters off at this time.
  6. Coat the front of the plywood with Mod Podge.
  7. Center your burlap on top and coat with Mod Podge. The reason I used Mod Podge was to protect the fabric from getting snagged from the necklace hooks and because stapling makes the fabric look wonky.
  8. The burlap will look white-ish, but allow it to dry and it will become transparent. Just make sure you have an even, thin topcoat. You can always add more after it dries.
  9. Attached the plywood to the frame with mending brackets. I had to add large washers to make up for the depth. See the picture above. The back of the frame looks rough, but no one will ever see it!
  10. Add your knobs.

Back of jewelry frame

burlap jewelry holder
 
Since I had everything for this project, except for the crystal knobs, it only cost $13.00 to make this jewelry organizer!
 
To see where where I have it hanging in our bedroom, you can see our blue and green master bedroom in this post.
 
master-bedroom-dresser-
 
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Comments

  1. Love it! I’ve been pinning a lot of these cute jewelry holders lately. Maybe one day I’ll actually get around to actually making one!

  2. I’m so glad that I’m following you! What a clever idea. Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful work:)

    Katie
    http://www.funhomethings.com

  3. So simple and pretty. I haven’t been able to find small crystal knobs, so thank you for pointing me in the right direction. Lovely blog!
    Shauna @Satori Design for Living recently posted..Holiday Countdown Series Recap {Week Six}My Profile

  4. Beautiful!! I love the knobs and pulls you used, so creative:)

    xo, Tanya
    twelveOeight
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  5. Your blog is wonderful! I have to say your tutorials are easy to follow, really innovative, and fun! So glad I discovered you!
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    • Glad to hear that they’re easy to follow! I always worry that I’ve left something out. By the way, are you on Pinterest? I love retro fashion, vintage signs, etc and would love to follow you if you are.

      • Thank you for commenting back. My name on Pinterest is Retromodgirl. I also have a retro blog, http:// retromodgirl.blogspot.com, though I have not posted there in awhile.

  6. So, so fabulous! I love how your jewelry board came out! I have mine all hanging on top of each other… I need additional space as I am making more necklaces now (see free tutorials (and giveaways) on the blog). ~ Rose

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