I covered my wall organizers in fabric and ribbon in the stye of a memo board but you could use any covering you like. I think these would be fun using artwork or a picture frame as the cover as well.
Memo board, artwork, picture frame, etc. for cover
1 x 2 pine board (about 75" total cut into 2 - 16" pieces and 2 - 20" pieces)
1/2" square dowels (about 75" cut into 2 - 16" pieces and 2 - 20" pieces)
2 small hinges
1 small box latch type closure
picture hanging brackets or wire
For the thread holder version:
1/2" square dowels (cut into 5 - 14.5" pieces)
3/16" round dowels (cut into 3" pieces 50-60 pieces depending upon your choice of spacing, see step 3)
5 wooden knobs
For the pegboard version:
14.5 x 17.5 piece of pegboard
1 x 2 scrap for 1/2" blocks (see step 5)
Step 1: Pick a Cover
If you want use a poster or unmounted artwork you'll need to mount it to some type of backing. If you're using a picture frame or already framed art you probably won't need to do this step. My memo board was made with plywood paneling as the back and this worked fine.
Measure your cover. Mine is 16 x 20 so those are the dimensions I'll be using for the rest of this tutorial. If your cover is a different size you'll have to adjust accordingly.
Step 2: Build the Frame
Take the 1x2 pieces and join them to create a box that is the same size or slightly smaller than your cover. I chose to use mitered corners for mine but straight corners would be just fine as well. For mitered corners cut the 1x2s at a 45 degree angle on the widest edge so that the resulting box is 2" deep (actually 1 1/2" since that is actual size of a 1x2). Glue each corner and clamp until dry. I used a couple of small finishing nails to reinforce the corners. You could do the same or use wood screws.
Take the 1/2 square dowels and do the same thing to create another frame the exact same size as the 1x2 frame.
If you're making the thread holder version:
For the thread rack you may want to drill the holes for the dowels before you assemble the frame. Take your 20" pieces and pencil a line down the center of each board along the 1 1/2" side. Along this line mark at 1 1/2", 5", 8 1/2", 12 1/2", and 16 1/2". On one board drill a 1/4" hole at each mark going all the way through the board. On the second board drill a hole at each mark but only dill half way through the board. You want this hole to only be 1/4" deep so mark the drill bit at this depth and be careful not to drill all the way through the board. Use a drill stop if you have one. Make sure the holes are drilled on the inside facing side of the 1x2 so that when assembled the holes are on the inside of the frame facing upward.
Build the frames as described above but only glue up three sides of the 1x2 frame. Attach the two short sides to the long piece with the holes only 1/2 way through. You'll attach the final side after you insert the thread holders.
Step 3: Thread Holders
I used 1/2" square dowels for the uprights. Cut 5 of these 14 1/2" long.
Next decide the placement of the holders. I use both the narrow thread spools (like Gutermann) and wider (normal sized) spools so I wanted space for both sizes. I made two of my uprights for narrow spools and three for normal spools. You can choose any configuration that works for you.
For the narrow spools I marked the square dowel at 1" intervals (starting at 1/2" from the end) for 14 holders per upright. For the wider spools I marked them at 1 1/2" intervals for 10 holders per upright. At each mark drill a hole half way through the square dowel. I angled mine slightly upward (approximately 70 degrees) but a straight 90 degrees is fine (and easier to drill).
On either long end of the square upright drill a 3/16" hole in the center 1/4" deep . These will be for the round dowels that are used for the handles and pivot points. Cut the 3/16" round dowels into 5 pieces 1 1/2" long and 5 pieces 1/2" long.
Cut the 3/16" dowels into 3" pieces. I used 58 pieces...depending upon the spool spacing you decided on your number may vary.
Into each hole you drilled place a drop of wood glue and then insert a 3" dowel piece. On one end of the square upright glue a 1/2" dowel piece and on the other end glue a 1 1/2" piece. If you placed the dowels at a slight angle (like I did) make sure that the 1 1/2" piece is attached to the top of the square upright with the 3" dowels angled upward. Allow the glue to dry.
Step 4: Finalizing the Thread Holder Frame
Glue and nail or screw the corners together and allow to dry.
The final step is to glue the knobs onto the top of the dowels above the frame. Be careful not to use to much glue and don't let it drip or run down into the frame or you will glue the uprights and prevent them from being able to rotate. I found some small wooden knobs in the craft woodworking section that looked like small pots and had a center hole the right size to fit over the dowels. If you can find something similar great, otherwise you could use a wooden ball and drill out a hole to fit over the dowel. Or even just leave the dowel ends as is. The idea is just to have something to grab onto and use to rotate the upright so you can remove the thread spools.
Step 5: Attaching the Pegboard
Take the scrap cutoff ends of the 1x2 board and cut 4 blocks. You want to create a block that is about 1/2" deep. This creates a bit of space between the wall and the pegboard (if the pegboard is too close to the wall you won't be able to slide the hooks and hangers onto the pegboard). Onto each corner of the 1x2" frame glue one of these scrap blocks. Attach them so they are flush with the back of the frame. Allow the glue to completely dry.
Take your piece of pegboard and lay it into the frame. It should be resting on the corner blocks with about an inch of space between it and the surface of the frame. Place a wood screw through the pegboard into the block at each corner.
Step 6: Attach Cover to Frame
Step 7: Finalizing the Organizers
Use two hinges to attach the cover frame to the 1x2 frame as seen in the 1st picture.
Place a small latch closure on the outside of the frame to hold the cover closed as seen in the second picture.
Finally add a hanging system to the back. I used picture hanging wire (as seen in the 3rd picture) but you can use any type of hanger you like.
Hang the organizers on your wall. I ended up adding a couple of L brackets to help secure my organizers to the wall so they couldn't tilt while in use. Depending on your hanging system you may or may not need these. Just make sure it is secure to the wall and doesn't move when the cover is swung open.
Enjoy having all your tools neat and organized!