Next week, I’m headed off to college. Dorm room organization is a priority, because how else can you stay sane in such a small space? One of the things I was having trouble with was finding a way to organize my jewelry and other accessories. So, what to do when you can’t find a jewelry organizer that is cute AND fits your needs? Make one, of course! Read on to see how I made this darling jewelry organizer for less than $10!
Step One: Acquire Supplies:
- I used this wooden plaque from Michael’s (originally $7, but 40% off coupons are all over the internet!). I liked the shape of this piece, but any piece of wood will do!
- You will need two colors of acrylic paint: one for your background, and one for your lettering.
- A few paintbrushes are essential! I recommend keeping them pretty small.
- Hooks, for the jewelry organization part! I found mine on Amazon for 30 hooks for $6, and used 12 hooks.
Step Two: Create Your Design
Now, it’s time to pick a quote to paint on your board! For inspiration, feel free to check out Pinterest or my Motivation Monday posts. Then, head to Microsoft Word or a similar program to play with the font and spacing of your quote. I’m a huge font nerd, so I love searching DaFont for fun typography! When creating your design, be sure to keep the following in mind: the size of your board, the length of your quote, and your artistic ability.
Step Three: Paint Your Background
Use a large brush to paint the background of your wooden plaque. Make sure to wait for it to dry before moving on!
Step Four: Transfer Your Design
If you’re a little more confident in your drawing ability, feel free to sketch (in pencil!) your design onto the plaque. I chose to print my design and copy the lettering one line at a time, folding my paper so everything would be aligned. If you’re more concerned about everything being perfect, try this great tutorial on how to transfer a design using chalk.
Step Four: Paint!
The fun part! Use your small brushes to trace your pencil markings and create your artwork. Make a major mistake? No worries, just use some of your background color! Here’s a secret: hiding underneath this design, I have an entirely different quote that I ended up covering up. Even though the paint isn’t erasable, that doesn’t make it permanent.
Step Five: Add Hooks
Flip your board so the bottom rim is facing you. Using a pencil, make evenly spaced marks down the length of the board where your hooks will be. The process of screwing in hooks can be tedious and mildly painful (I got a blister!), but when you’re finished you’ll have a beautiful jewelry organizer to hang in your room.