Saturday, January 23, 2010

Necklace Frame Display Tutorial

I've been looking for a tutorial on how to make an interesting necklace display.  I didn't quite find what I was looking for on the internet so it was time to take measures into my own hands.  I knew I wanted to use an idea using a frame but how would I add hooks to hold the necklaces? this is my tutorial on how to make an inexpensive necklace display.

  • First go out to Micheals or JoAnne's and buy an 11 X 14 wood frame ($15).  Make sure it is wood because you'll be hammering into it later.  Also pick up some pins to use as your hooks.  I bought these corsage pins ($1.50) because I liked the shiny metal ends.

  • Now cut the pins to about an 1 1/4 inch long with wire cutters and mark about an inch or so on the inside edge of your frame to hammer these into.  I don't need to tell you at this point that you should have already taken the glass and back out of the frame, right? 

  • After placing your marks on the inside of the frame, take a pin and lightly hammer it into place with a rubber hammer.  Make sure to put the pin in the middle of the wood.  If you put the pin in to far to the edge it might split your wood.  If this happens you can always use some glue for repairs.  

  •  Hammer each pin into the wood approximately 1/4 inch deep leaving a portion of 3/4 inch remaining.  Oh, and keep your pins straight.  If they start getting all wiggly on you just take them out and straighten them.

  •  Now bend the pin over towards the front of the frame with your finger or pliers.  Come on, bring out those muscles.  You can do it!
After you've finished hammering in and bending all the pins, add a backboard piece ($2 each) made for frames that can be found in the framing section of the craft store.  Now add the back of the frame to secure it. 

The background pieces come already cut to fit the frame and in a huge selection of colors and textures.  Here's a few I bought.

 Khaki brown color with a suede texture - good for copper pieces.

 Rich gray color for blues or blacks

White with a tissue paper type effect - great for anything!

Now take your finished piece and set it on a frame display ($12) like the one shown in the picture and you are ready to rock and roll!  I originally made this to display my simple necklace designs and hopefully bring them up to the eye in an appealing presentation.  But I added bracelets in these pictures as well to show it can be used for either.

All the jewelry shown can be found at the Bei Mondi website.  Happy crafting!


  1. Oh I so like this idea thanks for sharing.

  2. Great display! You are on your way for your show.

  3. thank you for sharing leslie!! beautiful idea!!

  4. This is a fab display! I can hardly wait to see pics of your set up. You will take pics, right? I think you are well on your way. Good luck and thanks so much for sharing your idea.

  5. Wow! What a great idea! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Oh I love this! Oh so clever. Thanks for sharing Leslie. Riki

  7. Hey Leslie
    This tutorial is GREAT! I really do want to give it a try...I think it would nice to make using a frame that would complement my (future) studio...just to display newly created pieces/inspiration board. Your step by step directions are perfect...this must have taken some time to put together - we all THANK YOU! Good luck getting ready for the big show!

  8. What a beautiful way to show our creations, thanks to share your idea with us dear Leslie. Sorry but i miss some of your precedent posts. As usual, everything is just wonderful, love the colours, the links, the lampworks, the stones, etc... J'adore !

  9. i love this necklace holder! and thanks for sharing how you played around with it... sounds like you are doing well getting ready! and yes, being really nervous is normal! :0)

  10. What a great idea! I am ever seeking new display items. This is so simple and has great impact!
    I did do a similar thing with empty frames I picked up for a buck or two that were supposed to be on the front of digital frames. I had a friend rig up a little wood back and rods that could hang earrings. I will have to get that display back and share a picture with you sometime! Enjoy the day! Erin

  11. What a great idea!! I have a bunch of frames with nothing in them, this might be just the thing!!

  12. Great tutorial!! And worth recommending to others. I linked in my past post -

  13. Thanks for sharing this great idea!

  14. Awesome idea and tutorial! I just finished my frame display. Thank you for posting!

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