I’m having so much fun getting my girls settled into their very own girl room! My 8- and 10-year-old daughters have been sharing a bedroom with their brothers for over five years now (since little Asher was 10 months old, and he’ll be six at the end of this month!), and we have finally gotten enough work done to get them moved into their new girly haven. True to form, they selected PINK wall paint from the oops paint shelf at Lowes, so we diluted it with white to stretch it out (and tone it down a little) and it turned out perfect!
Lots of little details have gone into this room, but I haven’t bought a single thing for furnishing it. We shopped from our house to put their room together. Even this little DIY project I whipped up today was entirely free!
I have wanted to make the girls a jewelry organizer for some time. There are loads of ideas on Pinterest with great DIY jewelry storage ideas (like this, this, this, and this, for starters). I simply browsed for ideas and put together something that I knew I could do for free, using some antique teacups I already had. The teacups are beautiful and sentimental (my grandmother painted the middle cup and saucer in 1966!), but I never use them, and display space is very short in a small house. So attaching them to a shelf I already owned was the perfect inspiration.
SUPPLIES: You will need a shelf (I re-purposed one we used in Maya’s nursery), antique teacups and saucers (thrift stores are loaded) or pretty little bowls, super strong adhesive glue (like this; I used an indoor/outdoor glue from Ace Hardware that was approved for use on ceramics and wood), and white screw hooks (something like these; I had them leftover, but you can buy them at Joann). You will also need a drill with various bit sizes and appropriate screws for hanging your shelf on the wall.
First, measure your shelf and decide where you’d like the screw hooks to go. It’s easier to do the hooks first and the teacups second. I used ten small hooks on front and two medium hooks on each side. Make sure you place the hooks low enough that you can fit your fingers over them to put your jewelry on and off. Use a pencil/dry erase marker to mark your holes. Using a drill bit that is slightly smaller than your screw hooks, drill one hole. Make sure you can get the screw hook in firmly; it should be difficult to turn at the end. If needed, adjust your drill bit size. Drill all the holes. Screw the hooks in by hand.
Second, place the saucers and/or teacups on the top of the shelf and decide where you’d like them to be. Then follow your glue’s directions. If your glue requires a wait time before sticking two things together, you can do it the hard way, like I did: attempt to trace the saucer’s base pattern on the shelf, apply glue to both shelf and saucer separately, and hope they meet up five minutes later when they’re tacky. OR do it the easy way, like my husband suggested AFTER I WAS DONE: apply a generous amount of glue to the bottom of the saucer, then place it exactly where you want it on the shelf, then carefully lift up. Then wait five minutes and re-stick them together. After the saucers have set, glue the teacups.
That’s it! Wait for the glue to cure and then hang the shelf and enjoy. The teacups and saucers are perfect for earrings, brooches, watches, etc. and the hooks are great for necklaces and bracelets. We hung ours below a $2 mirror from the thrift store, and the girls are having a great time trying everything on and feeling fancy. Now I need to make one for me!