Canadian Tire isn’t one of my favourite places to shop. They sell things like automotive tools, sports equipment, hardware, power tools, kitchenware, tires (yes), etc. It smells like boxes, sawdust, and a lack of nail polish. But I found myself there yesterday because I needed to pick up a few things including stuff for a necklace holder.
I’m not too big into ‘real’ jewelry, but I’m addicted to costume necklaces. You can’t beat low price points and a huge style selection.
Lately, though, I’ve been neglecting to wear them. They were tangled up in piles in boxes and on necklace trees.
A few days ago, I bought some more costume necklaces (I can’t be helped.) and decided that I really should organize and display my collection. My reasoning was that it would make me wear them more often if I could see them while I’m getting dressed.
I did a lot of research online and found really unique necklace holders on Etsy. While the prices were reasonable, I felt like I should be able to make a necklace organizer myself for a lot less. Also, since I don’t have much space to work with, I decided to utilize my wall. It was the perfect canvas.
I’m pleased to say that as long as you already own a hammer, you may only need to shell out about $2.99 CAD and about 15 minutes of your time if you follow this DIY Necklace Holder & Organizer Tutorial!
Funny thing: after I finished taking the photos of the necklace holder in action, I remembered that I had 2 necklace trees full of stuff that I forgot to add. So I got to work to put those up. Took some updated photos, but then my ancient camera started acting up again. (Looks like I’m going to have to replace it this week. It’s dying on me more often, and it’s just not reliable. Thank goodness I have a few old photos saved on my computer!)
*~* DIY Necklace Holder & Organizer Tutorial *~*
What I Used:
- Ikea hammer – got this many years ago in a cheap set for around $10 CAD or so
- Buildex Antique Nickel Furniture Nails (30 per pack) – $2.99 CAD
Step 1: Find a Good Spot on a Wall to Hang Your Necklaces
If you plan to hang your necklaces in your bedroom, keep in mind where your window is and if the sunlight will hit your necklaces. Try to avoid hanging your necklaces where it’ll have direct sunlight hitting it because over time, it could fade them and/or make your metal ones hot to touch.
If you’re living at your parents’ place or are renting out your space, make sure you get permission. Not everyone is thrilled with having so many tiny holes in the wall.
Tip: If you don’t want to hammer holes in your wall or you’re not allowed to, you can buy one of those cork boards, hang it, and stick the nails in that.
Step 2: Bring Out All Your Costume Necklaces
See how many long, short, and medium ones you have. (And don’t forget to check your necklace trees for more…Hehe, don’t forget like I did!)
This tutorial is for hanging your cheaper necklaces. For your ‘real’ jewelry like gold, silver, platinum, gemstone, pearls, etc., I would not recommend this display method because it doesn’t protect your precious necklaces. But, for cheap $10 necklaces, I think it serves its purpose well.
Step 3: Decide on Your Design
Before hammering away, think about if you want just one row, two rows, or more rows.
I think it’s best to have 2 rows because you can put your shorter (or statement necklaces on top) and the longer ones on the bottom. But do what you think is best for your collection.
You may need to hold up a few of your necklaces to figure out the positioning of your nails.
You can do what I did and ‘eyeball’ it, or you can bust out your ruler and bubble-level device and accurately mark where each nail will go. That’s probably the best way to do it, but I didn’t mind if the nails weren’t perfectly lined up. As long as they weren’t ridiculously crooked, I was fine with it.
Step 4: Head to the Hardware Store
You’ll need a hammer and some nails for this.
I suggest looking for nails that have a larger head. This will keep your necklaces from slipping and falling off the nail. I also recommend that you try to find ones with a pretty decorative head. The plain ones work just fine, but if you get ones with a little decoration, it gives it more personality.
Here are the ones I used:
You also want the nail length (i.e. the part going into your drywall) to be somewhat long. The nail needs enough length to anchor itself and make it sturdy. Plus, you won’t be hammering them all the way in, so you have to take this into consideration.
Also, make sure that the nails themselves look durable and not flimsy. I know that you’re just hanging up necklaces, but it’s better to be safe than sorry. (I chose these ones because they were furniture nails. I figured they would be strong, plus the thickness of the nail was a good sign.)
Tip: Buy 2 packages in the style you’ve chosen. (They’re really cheap, so it’s not really a splurge.) Most likely your collection will grow, and you’ll need more nails. It’s nice to not have to mix designs if possible.
Step 5: Put on Some Fun Music to Get You in the Hammering Mood
I just listened to a bunch of random songs by various artists. But since I was hammering, I made it a point to listen to Wanda Jackson’s version of If I Had a Hammer and Aretha Franklin’s version of If I Had a Hammer. Both were well before my time, but I love them both.
Aretha really stylized the song with her soulful voice, and Wanda Jackson sings it in a fun way (hers is my favourite version I’ve heard of it so far. My dad also loved that song and he’d play lots of tunes by Wanda Jackson.)
Step 6: Take the Plunge & Hammer the First Nail
Leave a little space between the nail head and the wall. You need this room to accommodate your necklace.
Step 7: Hammer in the Next Nails
Hehe, can you picture me blasting If I Had a Hammer while hammering and singing? It actually made hammering fun!
“If I had a hammer, I’d hammer in the morning. I’d hammer in the evening – all over this land. I’d hammer out danger. I’d hammer out a warning. I’d hammer out love between my brothers and my sisters all over this land!”
Step 8: Hang Your Necklaces
I hung some of my larger statement necklaces on the top and the rest on the below row.
Then, as I mentioned before, I found some additional necklaces and took updated photos. So below, you’ll see a few photos with a different order or more necklaces.
Most of my necklaces are bought from stores. A few I put together myself.
Sometimes I’ll see a neat pendant at the craft store and then I’ll purchase a chain for it (like the bug and elephant necklaces). Or with the cheetah necklace, I’ll buy some string and attach a lobster clasp. (I’ve had that one for years, and recently I saw a similar necklace now sold at Forever 21!) And sometimes I put together my own charm necklaces like the one with the pair of scissors, wedge of cheese, a planet, a fairy, etc.
The robot necklace probably looks familiar to you. I blogged about it in a previous Smorgasbord Sundays post. And you may also remember seeing that purple diamond-shaped necklace. It’s made with Nfu Oh 51 nail polish, which I also blogged about before.
Hope you enjoyed this easy little DIY tutorial. The photos may look messy, but in person, it looks so neat and pretty – like a store boutique. I’ll definitely not have any excuse to neglect my necklaces now!
How do you store your necklaces? Did you cringe when you saw how many holes I hammered into the wall? Are you going to wear any jewelry on Hallowe’en?