Sunday, March 1, 2009

Necklace Organizer Made From Cutlery Tray

I have been dying to do this project ever since I blogged about it way back in October. I was passing through a local store a few weeks ago and saw the perfect birch silverware tray and my mind was instantly churning with ideas to turn it into a necklace organizer!

Now since ecocessories jewelry is sterling silver (which tarnished when exposed to air pollutants), this will really only be OK for beaded jewelry - but if I get really motivated I will finish it off with a glass panel... we'll see!

Here's the materials... most are recycled, left over scraps from other projects including the paper paint and hardware.

The first thing I did was paint the tray a nice rich chocolate brown colour. This would have been super fast if I had one of those tiny rollers, so I'm going to note that for next time!

After letting the paint dry, I measured the inner width of all the spaces to calculate the length and width of each green paper. Using my trusty paper cutter (honestly one of the best tools I've invested in!!) I sliced and diced the exact paper with nice clean edges to easily wallpaper the inside of the tray.

I used an old paintbrush to paint Modge Podge on the inside of the tray, but you could really just use white glue. When I put the paper down I made sure to press from the center to the outside edges so that no air bubbles got stuck under the paper.

I then drilled holes where the pegs and a rod would go across the top horizontal space. Unfortunately my precut dowels were not going to be of use because when I went to screw in from the back of the tray, the dowels split! This put the entire project on hold, but it looks amazing. Tomorrow I'm going to head over to the thrift store to find vintage knobs to use instead. Come back and visit later this week for the finished product! Oh the joys of DIY living!

What do you think so far? Leave me a comment below!


  1. It is looking great Jessica! I love it. Remember that necklace organizer I made for Ashley? You should do one of those, there are plenty of ways to make it even more artsy!

    Love what you're doing Jessica! Keep it up.

  2. Thanks Katie! I am still hunting for the perfect knobs. I actually found some at the thrift store, but they were still attached to a dresser, lol!

    I do remember the organizer that you did, it was fantastic! Thanks for the feedback and for commenting. Talk to you soon!