‘Cannibal’ Jewelry Holder

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This project started out as a plastic drip tray and ended as a unique jewelry hanger that looks something like a primitive mask.

I was going to hack a wall-mounted candle sconce. It started with one of those cheap terra cotta-coloured, plastic pot plant drip trays. It has a very trendy arched shape which was why it was perfect for the hack. But then... it already has the perfect brick colour - for once I wouldn't have to paint something.

I'm not quite sure where everything turned weird and wonderful, probably when I was going through my stash of wooden blocks and and started playing with their different heights.

I ended up sticking a progressively higher row of blocks down the middle of the tray with super glue. The idea was to create rods for jewelry to hang from. And what would be a better match to the raw wood than dowels?

Stuck on with wood glue.

But first, before sticking the dowels to the blocks, wouldn't it be cute if there were bead stoppers at the end of the dowels? But the colour scheme of my beads with appropriately sized holes was a bit off. No problem, just stick them to the end of skewers with tack and paint them with chalk paint. (There just had to be some painting involved, didn't there?)

When dry, I stuck them to the ends of the dowels with wood glue.

And what else goes with the terra cotta aesthetic? Rope, of course! I wrap a couple of feet of string around the tray and tie it up.

Runny superglue secures the string.

It's at this stage that my creation begins to look a bit like a primitive mask to me. My daughter points out that there is nowhere to put rings. Ah, we don't have hair yet. Four or so short pieces of dowel stuck to the top arch should do the trick.

All it still needed was something to hang it by and it was ready to be used. Definitely one of the more 'out there' designs I've done but it fits into the current zeitgeist. Do you also see the "cannibal"?

The different heights of the dowels means that more items can be hung.

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  • Ticia Ticia on Mar 30, 2022

    It's certainly unique and great if you have lilmited jewelry. My ? is how did you attach the plastic tray to the wall since there is additional weight with the wood pieces and jewelry?

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  • William William on Jan 31, 2022

    Very creative. It does look like a "cannibal" mask. Different, stylish, decorative.

    • Thea Thea on Jan 31, 2022

      Nice to be complimented by yourself because I know you have good taste!😎

  • GeorgiaBulldogsFan GeorgiaBulldogsFan on Feb 22, 2022

    Thea, this is so cute and didn’t bankrupt you in the process. Great idea again!

    • Thea Thea on Feb 22, 2022

      Oh I am so happy that you like it🤗