Say Goodbye to Tangled Necklaces with a DIY Jewelry Rack

Say Goodbye to Tangled Necklaces with a DIY Jewelry Rack

The following post is from Janel of Life with Lucie and Ella.:

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source: Janel from Life with L and E

For our 5th wedding anniversary, my husband surprised me with a beautiful wooden jewelry box. Although it is spacious as far as jewelry boxes go, it can no longer contain my steadily growing collection of necklaces. They just end in a tangled mess that overflows out of the box. Yeah, it’s not an ideal situation.

I got to thinking…my husband has a tie rack…why can’t I have a jewelry rack for the accessories that don’t fit in my jewelry box?!

This DIY Jewelry Rack is actually very simple to make and doesn’t require any special skills. Although you can use an electric drill to make pilot holes for your hooks, it isn’t necessary if your plaque is made from a soft wood like pine. A hammer and nail will make the pilot holes easily enough.

How to Make a Jewelry Rack:

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Supplies:

  • wooden plaque
  • pencil & eraser
  • ruler or measuring tape
  • nail & hammer
  • 1-1/4″ cup hooks
  • sandpaper
  • wood stain and/or paint of your choice
  • saw tooth picture hanger & short nails

Directions:

Decide on the placement of the hooks and mark with a pencil.

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Create pilot holes for the hooks by gently tapping a nail into the plaque with a hammer.

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Take one of the cup hooks and screw it into each of the holes to make sure that the pilot holes are large enough for you to screw in the hooks by hand. If it is too difficult, you’ll want to make your pilot holes with an electric drill.

how to make a jewelry rack
source: Janel from Life with L and E

Remove hook and erase pencil markings. Sand the plaque to smooth out the surface. Remove any sawdust with a damp rag.

Give the plaque whatever finish you desire, but make sure that you don’t fill in your holes. If paint gets in the holes, just use the nail to clean them out.

For this sample necklace rack, I used a distressed/rustic finish technique. I used a wood stain as the base coat and then an inexpensive acrylic craft paint on the top. Allow to dry completely.

source: Janel from Life with L and E

Mark the placement of the saw tooth picture hanger on the backside of the plaque. Use a hammer and short nails to attach it.

how to make a jewelry rack
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Flip the plaque over but be careful not to scratch your work surface with the picture hanger. Screw the cup hooks back into the holes.

how to make a jewelry rack
source: Janel from Life with L and E

Hang rack on the wall and fill it up with your necklaces or other jewelry!

how to make a jewelry rack
source: Janel from Life with L and E

Knob Variation: Instead of cup hooks, use an assortment of cabinet knobs. Colored glass or ceramic knobs would look great!

Supply Sources: Walnut Hollow Pine 9″ x 12″ Rectangle Plaque and Craft Essentials White Acrylic Paint from Joann (use one of their 40% off coupons); 1-1/4″ Cup Hooks (18 pack, oil rubbed bronze) from Target in the home improvement department; Minwax Wood Finish (Provincial) and all other supplies can be found at a home improvement store.

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Janel is a stay-at-home mom of two and law school wife. Raised in a budget-conscious and do-it-yourself minded family, she loves seeing something in a store or magazine and making her own version at home for less money. Janel blogs about motherhood, crafts and recipes at Life with Lucie and Ella.
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