I've been seeing wall displays for jewelry for a while now, most recently in Real Simple.
I've been wanting to try it, but hadn't gotten around to it. Lately, though, I've been on a cleaning-organizing-donating kick. A week ago, I sorted through my jam-packed jewelry box and gave away the things I didn't wear or didn't have sentimental value.
Another day, I organized my craft cabinet (remember my fear of becoming a craft-supply hoarder?) and took inventory of all my fabric. For someone who doesn't really sew, I have a lot.
I rediscovered red striped ticking I bought so my mom could kindly retick my pillows. I'd saved the extra and I love how it looks – it's off-white with soft red stripes.
I was looking for a project this weekend, so I decided to cover an existing canvas (a piece of inexpensive art I got sick of looking at) with the ticking. I used my heavy-duty stapler to secure the fabric to the canvas. Then I used pins with colored heads to add certain pieces of jewelry to the frame.
The first thing I added was that twine necklace I made earlier this week. I'm not sure if I'll ever get around to wearing it, but it looks cool against the ticking's stripes.
I tried to group similar pieces together, like the various cross pendants I've received over the years from my parents, grandparents and godparents, and several cameos my mom gave me when she was cleaning out her own jewelry box.
Securing the jewelry with pins made it feel sort of anthropological. It reminded me of mounting insects for my bug collection for biology as a sophomore in high school.
Except these specimens aren't moths and beetles, they're the locket I got for Christmas in third grade (it still contains photos of my very young parents), the earrings and ring I wore the night I met Rob and the first necklace he gave me for Christmas. I even added my old class ring and the pins I earned from Quill and Scroll and National Honor Society in high school.
I started the project as a way to use my vertical space and to repurpose the art I no longer liked. But I was surprised at how happy I was to find a way to display these small pieces of my history.
After I was done arranging jewelry, I hung the board behind my dresser. It's looks nice next to my tin pie plate cake stand, which now contains jewelry, too.
Has this ever happened to you - you try something blindly, only to be shocked by how much it means to you?
Photos are of the jewelry display I made, with a close-up of the cameos from my mom. And, just a note, none of my jewelry has any value, other than sentimental. If it did, I wouldn't hang it on the wall and I definitely wouldn't post photos of it online. I was remembering this jewelry theft and just want to make sure the world knows I own nothing like that.