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Unique Jewelry Display Frame

This is a week of chaos so I thought I would re-share this unique jewelry display. I am hoping to work on some smaller versions soon too…. (As a side note, isn’t it a bit amusing that I was worked up over 3 weeks straight of kids home? Little did we all know…)

Hey there! I hope you have had an incredible holiday! We were hit with an insane cold spell (as was most of this end of the country). It screwed with everything we had planned to do. Kids had nearly THREE weeks of school off and all the parents were ready to tear their hair out. Finally life seems to be returning to a bit of whatever normal is these days and I can show you this fabulous jewelry display frame I made. Honestly, I am so super excited about this one and I hope you love it as much as I do!

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I bought this frame a few months ago (I found a frame similar but a bit smaller on Amazon)

Saved by Scottie jewelry frame before

It sat around for a while and then one day it hit me- I wanted to try for a unique take on jewelry storage. I drew out a plan for the jewelry frame on graph paper. Then I “sat” on it for a few days to think about if anyone would like it…

Saved by Scottie jewelry frame plans

Once I decided maybe one person would think it was useful for jewelry display, I went ahead and moved forward. I measured the space in the back of the frame and used 1/2 inch PureBond plywood for the box.

Saved by Scottie jewelry frame box build

There needed to be ring holders. I also wanted to make them myself. I found a product at the big box store called backer rod that was perfect. It’s true purpose is to shove into large openings before you caulk so you don’t need as much caulk. I learned it works wonderfully for ring holders when you combine it with a canvas drop cloth.

I used a piece of flooring underlayment from a previous project as a base and stapled the drop cloth to the top edge.

Saved by Scottie jewelry frame ring holder start

Then I flipped it around and pressed the backer rod up against the that edge and stapled it again as close as I could to the rod to hold it in place.

Saved by Scottie jewelry frame ring holder backer placement
Saved by Scottie jewelry frame ring holder first rows

and then I kept going until I had enough rows to fill up the space I wanted in the design.

Saved by Scottie jewelry frame ring holder complete

I made a second one for the other side and then realized I the canvas was a bit too short. DOH! Never fear! I stapled the canvas close to the rod and added just enough to make that last row….

Saved by Scottie jewelry frame ring holder add extra row

When completely finished, I dry fit everything in place.

Saved by Scottie jewelry frame ring holders installed

In that center gap, I put in a small cork board for texture. The corks were cut in half lengthwise with my Ryobi Scroll Saw and laid out to create an interesting design. Adding some small shim boards in the back brought it to the same height as the ring holders.

Saved by Scottie jewelry frame top section complete
Saved by Scottie jewelry frame testing ring holders

I used decorative metal for the center section to hold earrings. Then also added a few shelves at the bottom to hold extras.

Saved by Scottie jewelry frame metal fit up
Saved by Scottie jewelry frame bottom shelf

Silver knobs for hanging items finished the piece beautifully.

The inside of the box was painted Shabby Paints Great Greige and sealed with VAX. The frame was painted Worn White. Before it dried, I used a damp cloth to distress it back to the gold in spots. This leaves a “time-worn” feel.

Saved by Scottie jewelry frame metal and knobs installed

I’m guessing when putting on jewelry, you will want to see what you look like. So I grabbed a mirror I had in the basement and gave it a paint job.

Saved by Scottie jewelry frame mirror before

I used Vogue with a custom black/brown glaze I mixed then dry brushed some Tiffany on top.

Saved by Scottie jewelry frame mirror base color
Saved by Scottie jewelry frame mirror glaze
Saved by Scottie jewelry frame mirror close up

I attached the box to the frame with corner braces on the back of the frame. Then I drug the whole thing off to my store.

Here she is in all her glory waiting for her new home:

final pic of diy jewelry display frame

I can’t wait to see it hanging in someone’s bedroom vignette.

What do you think? Could you see yourself building a jewelry display frame? I hope you like it as much as I do.

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Happy building!



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    2nd Chances Boutique
    January 14, 2018 at 10:42 AM

    What a great idea and gorgeous frame. It’s stunning. You are very talented!!!

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      January 15, 2018 at 7:51 PM

      Thank you so much!

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    Jocelyn Lasher
    January 15, 2018 at 9:33 AM

    Looks awesome Scottie, such a great idea!

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      January 15, 2018 at 7:52 PM

      Thank you!

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    January 18, 2018 at 6:52 PM

    Unbelievable! It’s AMAZING!

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      January 18, 2018 at 9:55 PM

      Thank you Ann!

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    January 12, 2020 at 5:34 AM

    You’ll laugh when I tell you how I thought you would use the rod for holding rings. I never heard of backer rods but I was thinking that you would put a piece in the hole to be caulked. So I expected that you would use short pieces to hold 1 ring each. I wondered how that would look and didn’t have a good feeling. Ha! That wasn’t it at all. I might just use a small frame just for rings. Great idea! I just hope it is called the same thing in Canada.

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      January 13, 2020 at 10:32 PM

      You are right- I thought that was quite funny! I have seen similar ring holders though made of wood and other made of felt covered cardboard…. so the thought wasn’t “that” crazy.

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