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Old timber window frame turns DIY jewellery display project

Jewellery display from old wooden frame

Old things. I love them! I knew when I saw this old timber window frame lying in a junk yard that it had potential. I just wasn’t sure what exactly. I’d figure that out later. I asked some of you on Facebook what I should do with it. I looked around the house to see what its most purposeful use would be. Then it came to me – a jewellery display! I had all this costume jewellery I never wore because I couldn’t see it. Well, this old timber window frame would soon help me change that.

Old timber window frame

Before: an old timber window frame I picked up from a junk yard

What you need:

  • Old timber window frame
  • Hammer
  • Sandpaper
  • Newspaper
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Drill
  • Screws
  • Fishing string

What to do:

  • Place a towel on the grass or ground and on top lay the timber frame flat. Using the hammer, break and remove any remaining glass from the window panes. Carefully, gather up any glass and bin it.
  • Using the sandpaper, sand the frame all over to wear away any flaky paint or timber shards. When the frame is smooth, stand it against and wipe it over with a dray cloth to remove any remaining ‘sandy’ residue. Place newspaper beneath the frame where it touches the ground and behind the top of the frame where it touches the wall (to prevent the paint stains).
  • If you want to give your window frame an undercoat (I did, but this is optional), do it now. Once dry, apply as many coats of paint in the colour of your choice (allowing each coat to dry in between) until you achieve your desired result. Allow to dry completely.
Jewellery display from old timber window frame - first few coats

First coat

Jewellery display from old timber window frame - final coat

Final coat

  • Lay the window frame flat on the ground, back side facing up.
  • Using the tape measure and pencil, on the back of your frame mark out the desired heights of where you would like to hang your jewellery. I would mainly use my jewellery display for necklaces, so I marked up mine nearer toward the top of each frame.
Jewellery display from old timber window frame - measure up

Measuring up

  • Then slowly drill the screws into the back of the frame, careful not to splinter the frame, and leave about 2 – 3 mm room between the frame and head of the screw so you can loop your fishing string around them.
  • Take the start of your fishing line and tie a small loop. No need to measure how much string is required. Hook the loop around one of the bottom corner screws, pull tightly, and then drill the screw down completely to secure the string.
Jewellery display from odl timber window frame - fishing line loop tie

Start by loop tying the fishing string

  • Run the fishing line horizontal to the opposite screw and loop it twice around the screw – making sure the line between the two screws is tight – then run it vertical to the screw above and loop it around that one. Then continue this horizontal-vertical pattern until you reach the last screw at the top of the frame. Loop the string four times around the final screw and hold tight as you slowly drill the screw down completely to secure the string. Snip the string.
  • Your hanging lines will be a little loose. So, take two screws and drill one in the middle at either end of the back of the frame, again leaving about 2 – 3 mm room between the frame and head of the screw. Take some more string and tie a loop in the end. Your previous pattern was to loop the string from side to side, now it will be top to bottom. Loop the string around one of the bottom screw and drill down completely to secure the string. Thread the string toward the top screw, looping it once around every horizontal line of string, thus making each line more taught as you go. Loop the string four times around the top screw and hold tight as you slowly drill the screw down completely to secure the string. Snip the string.
Jewellery display from old timber window frame - screw and line

Loop the string around every screw, drilling the final screw to secure the line.

  • And there you have it! Lean your display against a wall in your room and adorn with jewellery, scarves, headbands – anything you want!
Jewellery display from old wooden frame

Adorn your display with jewellery

Jewellery display from old timber window frame

After: Voila! A jewellery display made from an old timber window frame.

 

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