Aztec Jewelry Holder

Aztec Jewelry Holder

Posted by DecoArt on Oct 9th 2014

My goal for 2014 was to get more organized.  I did, in some ways.  I organized my entire storage room.  I re-did my bathroom and made more storage.  I gave my bedroom a makeover, which organized it in the process.  My next project was to get my jewelry tamed.  I have just had all my necklaces in a drawer for years, but this year I realized how many statement necklaces I had that were getting all tangled and messed up by living in this drawer.  Even my husband scoffed at my disorganization.  That's when you know you have a problem!  I had to make a jewelry organizer.

Items Needed:

  • Frame
  • Scrap Wood
  • Nail Gun With 1 1/4" Nails
  • Paint Brush
  • Water Basin
  • Paper Towel
  • Ruler
  • Washi Tape
  • Drill
  • Small C-hooks


DIY jewelry organizers are not hard to create, so I went about whipping one up.  I first found an old frame I had lying around, which had been thrifted for another project originally.  I kind of have this pile of random wood pieces that I eventually find a use for. This project used TWO of those pieces--score! 

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The frame wasn't really thick enough to hold hooks for jewelry, so I found a 1x2 in my wood scrap pile and cut two pieces to size to fit in the frame.  They fit perfectly, and I used my nailer to nail them in place.  Any excuse to use that thing, really. 

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Colors I used--Americana Coral Blush, Americana Metallic in Gold, Americana Sweet Mint. The colors from the tutorial photos (from my phone) are a little more vivid, the true colors are more like what you saw above.

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Next, I used Americana Sweet Mint to paint the entire frame.  It took a couple coats but I wasn't stressed if it was a good solid coat because I was going to distress it anyway.  After it had dried, I used some washi tape to create a fun Aztec-inspired pattern.  Then I painted over the tape with Decoart metallic gold and Americana Coral Blush.  It took several coats on the metallic gold, but it was worth it because it came out great!

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Another thing I had in mind was the colors I wanted to do my daughter's big girl room in. Then I could give her this jewelry organizer later (you can see the cute fabrics next to it that I'm making a quilt from!)  After it had dried for a couple hours, I gave it a light sanding with a 220 grit sand bar and wiped it down well.

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To drill the holes, I took some washi tape and drew dots down the middle, about 1/2" apart.  Listen up:  In retrospect, I would have put the washi tape next to a ruler (or on my cutting mat) and then made sure each dot was exactly 1" apart.  1/2" was too many holes.

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I drilled all those holes and then screwed in a bunch of C hooks.  Then I removed a bunch because there were too many.  I didn't fill in the holes because I thought maybe I could add more hooks in the future if I needed more.  Also, my nail hole filler is at my brother's house. To finish it off, I touched up the spots with some more paint.

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It was time to hang it on the wall.  I didn't really want to just put it on the wall, because it would be all by its lonesome and look weird.  I FINALLY found a use for this one plantation shutter I had bought at the Restore like two years ago.  It had never had a place or a purpose and was so sad.  This was the perfect place to hang my jewelry organizer!  I screwed two screws in for the frame to hang on and done!  Now I can have it high up, away from my daughter's curious hands, or down low and it always looks nice.

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What do you use to organize your jewelry?