Welcome to my diy bracelet holder post! Upcycle something as mundane as a paper towel cardboard insert into this bracelet display piece, which will look just as artistic as those you may see at jewelry stores.
If not more so, because this one is going to involve making the cardboard roll look almost indistinguishable from one in real life.
So hold onto your rolls if you’ve got them, and follow along!
Here are all my supplies gathered. Paper towel roll (duh) just fyi I ended up fishing it out of the recycle bin…that’s what I love about recycle bins- everything in there is “clean”, it’s not yucky like the trash, lol…
A package of wooden dowel rods of varying sizes (I’ have enough to decide which when I get to that step), some wood craft paint, e6000 glue, and these wood plaques to use as the base.
Working on the Base
I had a change of heart regarding the plaques I got earlier. Even stacked together I didn’t think they would be thick enough to serve as a base – so maybe I will use the plaques for something else.
I really wanted to use one of the wood blocks I found on one of my daily walks but later on I ended up using them for protecting my workspace when drilling….yes, all three of them have scattered drill hole in them, so that’s out!
Be sure that the wood block you use is nice and thick, this one is at least 1.75″. It needs to be “blocky” so it can support a wood dowel which will support the paper towel roll. Simple, right?
It’s pretty similar to the wood block I used for my necklace holder – just a little shorter. I measured it and it’s about 7″ long after I got through prepping it. Choose a block of wood that is also a little long like that too, to support the roll, and ultimately your jewelry.
Luckily I was able to find a scrap plank laying around that was just the right thickness. After sawing off the right length and a good cleaning with Murphy’s Oil Soap….I sanded off the blunt end.
Then I measured the length and width of the wood block to determine where the center hole needed to be.
I am using a 1/4″ wood dowell rod to go into the middle. Likewise, I will be choosing a 1/4″ drill bit to make the center hole.
Priming and Painting the Base
To protect it long term and make sure the eventual color will look nice, I also applied a coat of white primer. Always do this with your wood projects, no matter if you choose a light or dark color !
This will go in the master bedroom and I have a blue/light green/lavender color scheme so i will be choosing colors like that to be used for this project.
I also applied a white coat to the dowel too. After letting the base coat dry I went with the top coat. You might not be able to see the label in the picture but that’s Plaid brand‘s Lavender with a little bit of Cobalt Blue (just a whisper) added so it would have a nice light blueish-purple (is that indigo?) color. Correction – two coats; it looked like it needed it.
Decorating the Roll
There are several ways you could tackle the cardboard insert. I’ve seen some people use a length of fabric which can look good if you’ve got a pretty pattern nearby. Me, I have very little of any scrap fabric so thinking up other ideas.
I finally came up with the idea of using a pretty patterned duct tape cover approach …I love collecting and using that stuff; so it only made sense. This pattern has a nice sparkly sky look. I made sure to cover the roll all the way around and then I got to the ends which I also wrapped some tape around ; trying to spread tape over the inside past that, though, probably too tricky.
So materials like fabric, felt, if you could find something a tad coarse like burlap or canvas. I mean a little coarse as in fabric in that it will attach around the roll easily – something like satin or silk would look pretty but may not stay on well.
You want to be able to wrap the fabric around the roll and tuck the ends inside the roll. A paper towel roll is 11″ in length so be sure to cut your fabric with a few inches of overhang so you can push it into the open ends and you won’t have to use glue which will leave an unsightly stain on one side.
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Attaching the Roll and Base
The dowel you inserted earlier may fit well, but to make it permanent, will need some glue. I added a dab of e6000 to one end of the rod and returned it into the center hole and did likewise with the other end, and glued it into the paper roll.Push them together and leave them to set up.
I also added a few finishing touches in the form of some faux rhinestone bling which I glued onto the base. Now this little guy not only is functional, it looks great on my dresser, too, I guess this completes all my jewelry organizers? LOL😁
It’s a catch all for not just the bracelets, but the occasional wristwatch and ponytail holders (think “Scrunchies”) if you’ve got them. Enjoy!