How to Make a Jewelry Stand How to Make a Jewelry Stand
Whether you wish to organize your collection or sell your creations, building a jewelry stand can make your rings, necklaces and bracelets stand out. When your jewelry is well organized, it will be easier to make a decision on the right accessory for your outfit. With a few simple tools and materials, you can build a jewelry stand that is both beautiful and versatile.
Tools and Materials
- Measuring Tape
- Circular Saw
- Drill Bits
- Paint Brush (2)
- X-acto Knife
- 8-feet Furniture Grade Pine (1x2)
- 8-feet Pine Finishing Strip
- 1/2-inch Plywood
- Wood Stain
- 1/2-inch Styrofoam Sheet
- 1 Sq. yard of Dark Velvet
- Stack of Heavy Books
- Fabric Glue
- Wood Glue
- Finishing Nails
- Brass Hinges (2)
Step 1 – Cutting the Base
Measure and mark an 18 inch by 24 inch rectangle on your sheet of plywood. Use a square and yardstick to make sure the lines are straight and the corners square. Cut along the outside of your lines, taking care to ensure your cuts are as straight as possible.
Step 2 – Building the Frame
Measure and cut 2 18 inch lengths of 1x2 pine. Attach these to the side of the plywood base so that the base is flush to one side of the 2 inch width. (The 1 inch side should be on the floor while the 2 inch side should be touching the base). Using a small drill bit, pre-drill nail holes every 3 inches to keep the wood from splitting. Keeping the edges of both pieces even, attach the pine frame to the plywood base with finishing nails. Repeat on the other side.
Measure the long edges, remembering to include the extra length of the pine frame that is already in place. Cut two pieces of pine 1x2 to your new measurements. Attach these to the plywood base using the same method as the shorter pieces.
Lifting one of the longer sides of your frame, decide on an angle for your jewelry stand to sit at. Measure the distance to the floor and cut a piece of plywood to this height and the length of your jewelry stand. Attach this piece to one of the long frame pieces with the two brass hinges. Remember to pre-drill your holes and to have the pin part of the hinge sitting just on the edge of the frame.
Stain the pine frame and plywood riser a color of your choice. Once the stain is dry, protect your work with at least two coats of verathane. Leave to dry before building the display area.
Step 3 – Preparing the Display Area
Using an X-act knife and yardstick, measure and cut the sheet of 1/2-inch Styrofoam to fit into the jewelry stand frame. Cut the Styrofoam into 3 inch strips along the long edge (3 inches by 24 inches). Cut your velvet material into 7 inch by 28 inch strips, allowing for a 2 inch boarder when the Styrofoam is centered on the material. Put a line of glue along the edges of the Styrofoam, attaching the material overlap and keeping it as tight as possible. Placing heavy books on the glued material will keep it in place until the glue dries.
Step 4 – Attaching the Display Pieces
Inside the wood frame, coat the plywood base with wood glue. Insert the velvet covered display pieces one at a time. Make sure the first piece is tight to the frame, doing the same for each piece as you put it into the frame. You will need to gently squeeze the last piece into place. Placing heavy books across the entire display area will keep the Styrofoam in place until the glue dries.
Step 5 – Arranging Your Jewelry
You can now arrange your jewelry by gently pressing it into the velvet cracks between the Styrofoam. Your jewelry stand can sit on top of your dresser. Alternatively, adding frame eyes will let you hang it on your closet wall.