Happy, happy Friday, everyone! I had such a great birthday yesterday, and now, it's the weekend! Doesn't get much better than this, I'll tell ya :) I'm excited to spend some time with my husband this weekend...he's been working hard all week since I first got back into town on Monday night, and I feel like I haven't gotten to see him very much yet!
Just in case you're feeling creative this weekend, here's a fun little DIY project for ya. This project was actually inspired by a few similar ones that I found on Pinterest and YouTube about a month or two ago. I have an expanding collection of bangles and bracelets (it's definitely my latest obsession - I can't get enough of them!), and while I have some hooks up in our bathroom and a whole travel case to hold my jewelry, they just weren't cutting it anymore. I could easily stick my jewelry in a box somewhere, but honestly, I find that if they're not out for me to see and they're too hard for me to get to, I won't wear them! So this pretty bracelet holder was just what I needed. PS..this can easily be made into necklace holder, if use a taller candlestick holder, or it can even be made to hold a collection of headbands - just use a full roll of paper towels, rather than the empty roll that I suggest here.
This wasn't a flawless DIY project for me, I'll be honest, so make sure that you read the directions, in addition to following the photos! I missed a step when doing it myself, which it made it a little harder for me and I had to backtrack a bit, but it still turned out well in the end! ...and at least this way, you guys can learn from my mistakes and do it right the first time! ;) I'm really happy with how my bracelet holder turned out. My husband was really surprised that I had made it myself (he thought it was store bought), and I love how it looks with all of my bracelets on it, sitting on my dresser.
DIY Tutorial - Roll Bracelet and Bangle Holder
What you'll need:
- Favorite fabric (you won't need more than 1/2 to 1 yard); I got mine from Carousel Designs
- Empty paper towel roll
- Lifestyle/fashion/beauty magazine
- Hot glue gun and glue sticks, scissors and razor blade
- Candlestick holder
- Wine bottle cork
- Your smallest bracelet/bangle
- I'll admit that I actually forgot this very important step at first, so I don't have a photo of me doing it! To start, you'll need to cut a small hole (the size of your wine cork) in the center of your magazine using your razor blade. Make sure it's right in the middle, so your bracelet roll doesn't end up lopsided! The hole doesn't have to go through all of the magazine pages, but it should be about 1/2 inch deep so your cork will fit in there.
- Next, take your paper towel roll, and wrap your magazine around it so it covers the entire roll. Make sure that the hole you cut in your magazine is still visible! To make sure the roll wasn't too large around, I slipped my smallest bangle over it. Apply glue to the long edge of the magazine page and attach to other end of the magazine to keep its circular shape when you remove the bracelet/bangle.
- You'll wrap your magazine with your fabric now! Place the magazine roll on top of the fabric (facing down), leaving a few inches of slack fabric on both ends of the roll to tuck in later. Apply hot glue to the edge of fabric and fold over once so you have a smooth edge. Then, apply glue to the edge of fabric again and attach to the magazine roll. Roll the magazine in fabric, then repeat on other edge of fabric - glue, fold over edge so it's smooth, then glue the edge again and attach to the fabric roll.
- Next, feel around for the hole that you originally cut in your magazine. You'll need to cut the fabric at the hole so that your wine cork can still fit in there easily. Next, if necessary, trim your wine cork down a bit so that when you place the cork inside your candle holder, the cork is just a smidge taller (no more than 1/4 inch) than the candle holder. Next, apply hot glue to the smooth end of your wine cork and attach it to the hole in your magazine roller.
- Tuck in the fabric on both ends of your roller. Your final step is to apply hot glue to the other open end of the wine cork, and place the roller and attached cork inside the candle holder. You may have to apply a little more glue inside the candleholder directly, just to make sure the cork doesn't move at all once it's dried.
- Then voila! Allow your bracelet holder to dry, and then slip all of your bracelets, watches and bangles onto each end of your jewelry roll for safe keeping and a pretty presentation.