We love functional, crafty DIY projects like this jewelry organizer Irit created with a 7gypsies Solo Tray. This little box measures just about 6″x6″ and packs in plenty of storage for earrings, necklaces and rings. You can use them as they are, but adding a bright coat of paint and some paper to line the base the end results are so cute. What a great gift for the holidays, fun weekend project or a project to do with tween and teenage daughters.
Irit will walk you through the process and share some great ideas. We are ready to go and get our jewelry in order and now we are inspired to do it oh so cute!!!!
Hi! Irit here and today I decided to make something really pretty, but useful. Let’s think about the very first second after you are back home. First, you put your handbag on the table, then you begin to undress yourself starting with all your jewelry.. even before you change to slippers/flip- flops/whatever. In the meantime, you don’t even remember where your fancy necklace, rings, watch or earrings are. Maybe on the way to the bedroom… Maybe in between your bedroom and the bathroom. So, to make my jewelry mess organized, I made this lovely, fancy and even a bit Modern Vintage style wooden tray organizer using a 7gypsies Solo Tray, Canvas Corp Patterned Paper and Tattered Angels Decor & DIY paint. Here is a small tutorial to show you how you can make it in almost no time.
- Canvas Corp Black and Ivory Paris Paper
- Canvas Corp Black and Kraft Paris Reverse paper
- 7gypsies White Solo Tray
- 7gypsies Amber Apotecary Bottles
- Tattered Angeles Decor & DIY Paint – Jade
- Ultra-Seal™ from ETI
- Easy Cast Resin from ETI
- Vintage Buttons
Step 1: Paint the white wooden tray with teal/jade paint. This Tattered Angels Decor & DIY Paint has a perfect coverage and you don’t need any primer. This is just one single coat of the paint over the tray here. Decor & DIY Paint is available in 28 colors and will adhere to any surface with a beautiful smooth finish.
Step 2: Cut some vintage looking Canvas Corp card stock pieces to fit into all four spots inside the tray. As I decided not to add more colors, but neutrals only, I picked a paper from the Canvas Corp Bon Voyage Collection – Paris on Ivory and just used one with ivory and one with black backgrounds. Canvas Corp Papers are cardstock, which means they are heavy weight are make great liners for a tray like this. Glue the cutout cardstock pieces inside the tray. The largest piece measures about 4″x6″ so it is a great way to also use up scraps from one of your favorite projects.
Step 3: The next step is resin coverage of the entire tray inside. I decided not to use a paper sealer and maybe it was a mistake as my cardstock colors were slightly changed under resin coverage. But I still like the final result. If you really want your cardstock to stay in the very same shade- be sure to apply 2 coats of Ultra-Seal™ over the paper, letting dry it between coats, and before you add liquid resin over it. So this was the stage that I didn’t take any photos, as I wanted to cover the bottom with a thin layer of resin, to add all golden trinkets and to cover them with the thick resin layer. The working time of resin is not too long and as I needed to take the whole construction out to the balcony for good lighting, I decided that it’s not really necessary to show you how to fill the tray with a thin resin layer.
Step 4: I used 50 ml from each bottle of EasyCast Clear Casting Epoxy and mixed them together in the big mixing glass according to manufacturer’s instructions. Then I added a very thin layer of mixed epoxy to each compartment and moved the whole tray to sides to get the equal coverage inside the compartments. I used a heat gun to diminish the small bubbles and waited about 5-7 minutes as I wanted to add all trinkets over the first layer and it had to set up a bit. A mix of golden buttons and trinkets was added- not so randomly- into each section and then I covered them with the rest of my mixed Clear Casting Epoxy. FYI: you don’t need to use any sealer over metal pieces while working with ETI resins!
Step 5: I also added 2 small bottles in one compartment on the top (you will see why later). I didn’t need any glue, but just inserted them into resin layer.
Fill with your favorite jewelry or leave it empty waiting for you to add new at the end of the day. And this is your finished project! What a great teacher’s gift, holiday gift for the girls in your family, making one for each in their favorite color and personality or a great gift for a good friend. Making a handmade gift really makes a difference and making one that is useful, functional and beautiful really makes a difference.
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