I wanted something simple yet pretty that could easily hold earrings and necklaces. This project takes about an hour, and can be customized in dozens of ways. The way I've done it is very basic.
Plus, you might just have all the materials around your house! Hooray!
(And thanks to Jace for taking pretty late night finished product pictures for me!)
Step 1: What You Need:
- a large piece of cardboard, single ply
- a utility knife with a new blade
- a quilting ruler or something similar
- a cutting mat or a thicker piece of cardboard to cut on
- some scrap cotton fabric - I used an unbleached muslin
- a pen for marking
- scissors for cutting fabric
- Fabri-tac glue or something similar - anything that dries fast and can bond paper and fabric!
Step 2: Cut Your Box and Cut Out the Main Frame.
You need a large, flat, non creased piece of cardboard for this, so go for the middle of the box. You can cut so that the "ribbing" is horizontal or vertical in the piece. I did both ways and found horizontal to be much easier to work with!
Figure out which side you like the most, and then place that side facing down. You'll be marking and cutting on the ugly side!
Cut out a piece that's 13 inches wide and 17 inches high.
Step 3: Cut the Inner Frame Flap.
You're going to cut the two sides and bottom of this - leave the top lines intact. This will act as a hinge!
After this is done, cut 1/8 inch away from the surrounding cardboard on the three sides. This way, the cardboard won't be rubbing together and can be easily lifted out to retrieve earrings with backs!
Step 4: Cut Out the Hole for the Fabric and Score Hinge!
Save the piece you remove for the next step and perhaps painting!
After the middle piece is removed, lightly score the line at the top on both side so that it can swing out.
Step 5: Create the Hooks.
Draw two lines from each dot to the straight line to form little triangles.
Very lightly score at the bottom of the triangles so that they bend outward.
These might take a little extra time and effort to shape correctly if the ribbing is vertical, so go slow. :D
Step 6: Cut Out the Top Hinged Frame Piece.
Take the piece you just removed from the middle of the flap, and place it onto another part of the box. Draw all the way around it.
Now, take your ruler and add one inch to all the outside edges.
Cut this out so that you have a one inch wide frame that matches the bottom hinged one.
Step 7: Cut the Fabric to Size.
Draw all around it a 1/2 inch away from the edge. Cut this out and get ready to glue. :)
(Also try to clean up those edges! And iron if it's wrinkly!)
Step 8: Stretch and Glue the Fabric to the Bottom Hinged Frame.
Place the fabric over the frame to get an idea of the correct placement.
Put a dot of glue in one corner and let it dry - it should only take 15 seconds or less, really.
Then, pulling the fabric taut, work around the frame in a clockwise or counterclockwise motion, gluing in small sections. Make sure that each time you glue you also hold the fabric in place to let it dry correctly. The last side will be tricky, so I'd suggest doing it all at once.
Hold it up and apply a good line of glue, and the stretch the fabric and press it into place. This will give you a nice clean finish.
Step 9: Glue the Top Frame On.
Do this as quickly as you can. I ran a line of glue all the way around, and then pressed the top into place and lined it up. Then just hold it down for a few seconds.
Check to see that everything is stable, and then you can begin decorating it if you'd like!
(The first picture is the frame I did for this instructable, the second one is the prototype that worked out so well I had to hang it too!)
Step 10: Painting, Decoupaging, Etc. and Hanging!
If you're decoupaging, this isn't as much of an issue. Just be careful of the hooks and the hinge - don't layer too much on!
I used some picture hanging strips to put these on the wall over my dresser. I'm really happy with how they turned out. But I think I might need more earrings now.