Monday, on break at work I walked to the Grand Rapids Library and checked out craft books. I love our downtown library. They have so many interesting things and the building itself is beautiful. (Someday I'll take you on a photo tour!) For now, you can see it HERE. The main building is still exactly the same on the inside with additions built off the back.
I found some books there that had tons of great ideas. This idea came from the Dorm Decor book. Which tells me a) I'm reverting back to my college years (b/c I always wanted to live in the dorm, but my parents wouldn't let me) or b) I love decorating small spaces. I'll go with B. It makes me seem more mature. (Those who know me are laughing right now...there is nothing mature about me)
Notice I haven't told you what we're making yet. Its because its a surprise and AMAZINGLY CUTE and I want to torture you through the tutorial. Trust me. You're going to LOVE it.
The supply list: Say it with me...Chicken Wire (YAY!), birds, spray paint, ribbon, hot glue gun and a wire cutter.
Cut a length of chicken wire to 22". Then determine how long you would like the project. The book suggested 12". I went with 16". I like to make a statement.
Hook the two ends together to form a cylinder (had to ask how to spell that one!)
Then spray paint. I chose white. But would be super cute in a bright color as well!
Take your ribbon and cut two pieces the same length, long enough to hook it to the ceiling or where ever you might hang it.
Hot glue the ribbon closed around the top of the chicken wire, then do the same with the other end directly across from the first. Do the same with the second piece so that the two pieces form an X.
At the top, tie a knot with a short piece of ribbon to keep the two long pieces together. (I feel like I'm being overly descriptive. I hope this makes sense!)
Next, figure out where your going to hang it and pre-drill your hold for the hook.
Screw your hook in. (I painted mine. I only had yucky brass colored ones. Gross.)
Let's deviate again. (Yup...deviate. Another great word.) This is why I made it! Look at the current state of my jewelry box. Not to mention that I could walk into any given room and find a pair (or three) of earrings that I randomly took off and didn't want to put in my jewelry box for fear of losing them. You know its bad when you feel more confident in finding a matching pair of earrings in a room where anything from a kid, cat or dog could take them rather than putting them in a box MEANT for the pair!
It took me longer to untangle, match jewelry and put it on the display than it did to make the thing, but I LOVE the way it turned out. I also love how it added so much charm to the bathroom. The hubby even loves it!
Not only is it super easy to find my matching sets and see all my jewelry at the same time, I can also display pieces with sentimental value, like my great-grandma's set below.
Or my collection of brooches.
I love how it adds such a whimsical feel to the bathroom!
Happy Crafting and Happy New Year! If you make your own, I would LOVE to see it, just leave your blog address in a comment below!
I'll show you after the New Year what I'm doing with my rings and bracelets!