I’ve been living with the piles of jewelry, chewbeads, and chewelry on my dresser for months now. I do plan on getting a jewelry armoire, but I just haven’t decided to spend the money on it yet. and now, with Christmas around the corner, I have found a temporary solution.
First, I hung some plastic hooks in my closet. There I hang several strands of faux pearls, seashell necklaces, etc. I have those sorted into various colors, including my leather necklaces and my ribbon necklaces. I bought some pretty organizer boxes from A.C.Moore. I went there to get a painting framed and happened to see them. The ones I’m talking about are the decorative hat boxes and other shapes in that style. I’ll use those for the chewbeads and the other chewelry. Those are plastic and won’t tangle, so there is no danger of their being damaged by storing them in a box.
I do have a nice, small jewelry box which I use for my good jewelry. I keep my mother’s rings and other fine jewelry in that box. But because I do have a fair amount of costume jewelry and casual beads, etc., I do need a way to organize them. And that is where this project comes in!
I got this idea while I was shopping, a time of inspiration for me! I was picking up a painting at AC Moore, and next to the framing desk was a stack of frame trays. I’m not sure what to call them, they are the kind of trays that have a picture frame in the tray part, with handles on the sides.
As I was waiting for my turn to pick up my painting, I flipped through some 9×12 prints, and I saw some pretty prints of high fashion dresses, with “couture” printed across the bottom. They were pre-matted in a nice off-white color. I like the prints, but I knew they would not go with the plan I have for my room.
We are, hopefully, in the home we are going to stay in, for a good long time at least. So I am trying to showcase the art I love on my walls. It is an investment, but I am slowly purchasing artist copies of fine art pieces I love.
But I really liked those fashion prints too. When I noticed the frames, I thought of the perfect solution. I would buy the prints and the trays, but the prints into the trays, and keep those on top of my dresser to hold any loose jewelry. The trays would be a kind of catch-all, but they would also be very decorative.
The project was incredibly simple. The only tricky part was that the prints were approximately 1/2 in too big for the frames. So I had to use a box cutter and trim them. Here are the step-by-step pics: