Say Goodbye to Messy Chains….
Messy tangled chains got you down? Well today may be your lucky day as you’ve landed on my diy wooden necklace holder tutorial! Necklaces and chains are one thing I have to take special care with because of their length and propensity to tangle up.
And let’s just say, untangling a chain…let’s just say been there, done that, worst. chore. ever! This project I’m going to walk you through, will not only solve that problem but you’ll end up with a beautifully up-cycled statement piece too!
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The first thing you need to have on hand is the piece from which they will all hang, read: something wooden. I used a piece of board that is about a foot in length and an inch and a half thick; a lucky scrapper indeed; all it needed was a little sandpapering on the ends.
The second most important thing is what the necklaces and chains will be hanging on and that is going to have to be something like hooks. I made the mistake way back with my very first diy necklace rack and used nails. Not a good move because chains can slip off too easily with straight nails!
Small hooks such as those you see used to hold things like keys, kitchen utensils, coffee cups, that’s the kind of ballpark you need to be in.
You can also use dresser knob pulls, especially if you have some rather flamboyant necklaces such as those with chunky beads or something. Some dresser knobs come in some very unique shapes and styles, too!
If you want to use drawer pulls, you will have to use a drill since the threads last time I looked are usually the size of a small screw or bolt.
Measuring the Wood
Since I didn’t make this project recently, I’m going to do some “reverse engineering” with my necklace holder so you can see how everything will come together (which of course meant taking it down and removing my stash of chains…)
First thing you will need to do is take your wooden board and measure the length, then the width – so grab your tape measure and take those down. (Don’t forget to write them somewhere too.)
For best results, I’d strive for at least an 1″ of space between each prospective hook– get a pencil and ruler/measuring tape now and mark those off.
As you can see, I’ve got a total of 10 hooks spaced out at an inch apart on a 12.5″ long board. Depending on the measurements of your own board, you may end up with about this amount, or if your board is bigger, you may have room for more hooks.
Use a marker, preferably a permanent one in a lighter color, to mark off the spots. You may also want to use a ruler too, as you mark off each spot, to make sure the row will be neat and straight.
Priming and Painting Your Wood Board
This would be a good time to decide on painting your board. I would definitely make sure to go over it first with a coat of white primer so it will be well protected and the top coat will look much better.
If you’re into the rustic “farmhouse” look which I understand is very hot right now – you could stain it instead and give it a distressed look with the use of sandpaper. I took that approach with a vintage mason jar but the concept is the same .
I took a more conventional approach and painted mine a pretty spring green, my favorite color next to orange. I used DecoArt which is excellent for wooden crafts not to mention numerous colors.
Later on, thinking it needed a little more “pizazz”, I did a little craft stencil with some “bling” (people still use that word now?) to add a finishing touch to it.
Getting the Hooks in Place
After your board dries (wait a day) now on with the fun task of the hooks (or knobs.) If you have a craft drill, the use of a small bit can be used to get the holes started with which to insert the hooks. At the time I used push-pins which will work fine with softer wood. This will make it easier to insert and twist around the hooks securely.
Apply light pressure with your drill for each hole (don’t forget to blow off any remaining dust). Now you can twist in the hooks, or knobs, accordingly, making sure to keep your board piece flat to your workspace, facing up.
Attaching the Hanger
Now comes the hanger part – I’ll admit this is tricky. There are several ways to tackle this and it will depend on the girth overall and weight of your board/holder.
As far as the implements for hanging, I used eyehooks; mounting brackets can work too – whichever you feel comfortable with. Now on with the installation part…
Start with the far left and right corners on the back area where you need to attach the hanger piece of choice, and mark them with a pencil.
Pretty much take a similar approach to when you marked the places for the hooks – double-check to make sure the places are level, using a ruler or yardstick if necessary.
If the piece of wood you are using is a little less thick, like 1″ or half-inch, I think you’ll do fine installing the eyehooks right at the top corners. Use a small drill bit or thumbtack to get the hole started then proceed with installing the parts.
My board is a little thicker than that, so I ended up using eyehooks not just at the top corners, but also the back, too, for extra stability:
While attempting to hang it, I had to experiment a little to get the best result. I used a total of four eyehooks that are just like the kind you see in hanging paintings and artwork.
Thread some wire through the eyehooks (or whatever you’ve chosen that’s similar). This is 12 gauge aluminum crafting wire you see here that i have used and works like a charm.
This concludes my wooden necklace display diy tutorial!
Set of 4 Pink Glass Knobs or Pulls for Cabinets, Dresses and DrawersShells 50PCS 6# Silver Color Zinc Plated Metal Cup Hooks Eye HooksAluminum Wire 12 Gauge 39′ Coil-SilverDecoArt DASK268 Dazzling Metallics Sample Pack
Way to go, crafters! Maybe let your finished project set up a few days before using it too. The last step of all is to decide where you would like to hang it – choose a spot that it will be accessible and easy to remember. On the back of a door is one idea.
You can bring the ends of the wire together into an apex like a triangle (that didn’t work well for this – it tended to bow out forward too much) or just take each end and wrap around like I did here. I wanted to mount the holder right below the bathroom cabinet to conserve space and it worked great!
I am always reaching for a pendant or necklace at the same time I’m reaching for a comb, so it makes sense.
You now have made a one of a kind diy wooden necklace display holder; being able to see at a glance all your pretty necklaces and chains and pick out the one you need hassle-free will be one of the highlights of your day!