So, I must share something I am quite proud of. It may not be anything huge for you... Heck, you may not even like it. However, I do and it is solving my current setback.
I have made my very own jewelry box. Well, I made it pretty, that is. I bought a wooden jewelry box from Hobby Lobby along with some paint, paintbrushes, sponges, and my first bottle of Mod Podge. I spent about thirty dollars, but that is because I had no paintbrushes, sponges, or Mod Podge. If you already have those things, this project will cost you a whopping ten bucks and a few hours.
Due to my current living situation, I could not recreate all the WONDERFUL jewelry organization I am seeing on Pinterest these days. Necklace racks on the walls, picture frames with screens to hang earrings on, and other wall mounted creations are so clever. Makes me wish I had thought of it. Once I get into a more permanent living situation, you can bet that I will be delving into said projects and more! For now, this little old jewelry box will do!
Reminder: Please bear with me. I do not have a professional camera, just my handy dandy iPhone. I apologize for the "ugly" pictures, but this will have to do until I suddenly get money to invest in a nice camera! :)
This is so easy!
1. Find a simple wooden jewelry box. I got mine for $7 at Hobby Lobby.
2. Grab a primer (white paint) and a color of choice (mine, of course, was green).
Together they are $2 and change at Hobby Lobby.
3. Secure glass with painter's tape.
4. Apply two coats of primer.
Allow appropriate drying time (acrylic paint does not take long to dry).
5. Apply two coats of colored paint.
Allow appropriate drying time.
6. Cut out scraps of decorative paper according to the size of each compartment.
Then, apply thin layer of Mod Podge to wood inside space, sit paper on top and smooth out wrinkles, and apply another thin layer on top.
Let sit with top open until fully dry.
7. Remove painter's tape from glass and clean with window cleaner.
8. Enjoy your homemade jewelry box!
If you are like me and do not have much jewelry or cannot hang things from your wall, this is a perfect fix (or temporary one). It is personal, DIY, and cute! Of course, you could also use this for any other needs whether it be for buttons, craft materials, make-up, or anything that needs a little organizing and spot of its own.
My next step is to find a way of better organizing my earrings and necklaces inside this box. Once I find the best fit, I will definitely share it. If this is not your style, definitely check out Pinterest for some very cute ways to organize your jewelry by hanging things on the walls.
Can I express how AMAZING Mod Podge is? Talk about one of the most incredible things a crafter and DIY-er can have. All I can say is that I am converted and I am never going back.
Also, Picnik is closing down. Duh. We have all heard it. However, I stumbled upon another program that I actually like a lot better. Check out PicMonkey. Pretty snazzy, huh? Hopefully you find it as a good replacement for Picnik!