I’ve been busy working on my beauty studio and wanted to share two quick DIY projects with you guys that I’m pretty excited about. What do you get when you combine two bowls, two candlesticks, and a plate? An awesome DIY jewelry tray!
I can’t take complete credit for this creation. I saw it on Pinterest. I feel like I’ll be saying that a lot throughout this whole project. I managed to find all the pieces on a recent thrifting trip. I was excited to find the gold rimmed dishes. Even the cashier was pretty impressed that they matched. I bought all the pieces for a whopping $7. (Three of the pieces were only $.95 each, the bigger candlestick was $2.95, and the bottom bowl was $2.95 and then 50% off.) Throw in a tube of $4 silicone glue from the craft store and you’ve got a project that costs around $11 to complete.
The project itself was easy to create. I centered the pieces and marked with a pen. I applied clear silicone glue to each piece and waited a minute or two for the glue to get tacky. I pressed them together and added the next layer until complete. I let the pieces dry for an hour or so then went back and “caulked” the seams with some more glue. And let the whole piece cure for about 24 hours before adding my jewelry. Voila!
I also stumbled up on another quick DIY when I saw this Ikea hack earring holder. The Tolsby double-sided frame is only $.99. I’ve had a couple of them floating around my house for a while and easily turned one into an earring holder by cutting a piece of plastic needlework canvas to fit the frame. I picked up a big sheet of canvas for $.60 at the craft store. So, for less than $2 I created a cute and functional earring organizer.
Side note: The macaroon box was a bridesmaid gift from my friend Samantha. Isn’t it cute? And the doily was crocheted by my late great-grandmother.
I’m finding that although you can’t always predict what you’ll find at thrift stores, it’s best to go in with a list of things you need, especially if you’re in a time crunch. (If you’ve got the time and patience to dig, by all means dig away!) By having an idea of what you’re looking for, you’re less likely to feel overwhelmed at all of your options. Finding treasures that aren’t on your list is a bonus!
And for you local folks, my favorite thrift store (and the one that I found all of these pieces plus more that I’ll share later) is The Thrift Store which recently moved to Emerson Street. They’re a cash only thrift store whose sales benefit the Vietnam Veterans of America, a cause that is near and dear to my heart. The store itself is well organized with competitive pricing. I never leave empty handed.
So, what do you think? Did I do good? I’m hoping that I’ll be more apt to adding some variety to my every day jewels since I can see my collection a little better. I’m working on another project to organize my necklaces. That reveal will be later…