Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Easy and Inexpensive DIY Jewelry Display

With this simple and inexpensive project, you can put your jewelry on display to enjoy every day.

Cost:  $5-15
Materials needed:
  • picture frame
  • velvet or other fabric
  • cork tile
  • cardboard
  • duct tape
  • scissors
  • utility knife
  • ruler or measuring tape (not shown)
  • stapler (optional - not shown)

Your picture frame can be any size but needs to have enough depth to accommodate the cork and cardboard.  No glass is needed.  I used an 11" x 14" frame.

You can use any opaque fabric of your choice.  Black velvet makes an especially lovely backdrop for silver jewelry.  I used pieces of a $4 velvet skirt from a thrift store.

Cork tiles and rolls are sold in various sizes online and at many craft and office supply stores.  A package of four 12" x 12" tiles costs about $10. 

Begin by cutting your cork tile and your cardboard to the proper size to fit into the back of your frame.  If you have glass from the frame, you can use it as a template.  I like to use a utility knife and ruler; scissors will also work. 

Cover the tile with fabric by placing the fabric right side down, placing the cork on top, and wrapping the fabric around to the back of the cork.  Trim the fabric as needed; secure with staples or tape.

Place the fabric-covered cork face down into the back of the frame, then place the cardboard on top of the cork.  Secure with duct tape.

Turn frame over to reveal your completed project! 

Use pins to hang your jewelry on the display.


  1. OMG, I totally swear I *just* did this same thing and was going to do a tutorial on it on my blog! I needed a special place to store/protect/display the nice necklaces Mr. Kitty has bought me. We took a slightly different approach, but same exact concept right down to the pins. Goth Crafting Synchronicity! I must have been channeling your creative genius! :)

  2. Sweet! I would love to see your take on it. I'm guessing it involves more elegance and less duct tape. ;)

  3. lol! No duct tape; 100% hot glue! :-D But no velvet either (wish I had thought of that!).

  4. I'm new to this site and think this is a amazing idea :). Will definitely be heading to my local thrift shops.