I am beyond excited to share this post with you all!! This is dedicated to one of our avid readers, Dianna. She contacted me with some of her organizing needs, and one of her requests was how to organize her jewelry. I shared this in common with Dianna. My jewelry was in need of a major organizational revamp, since I kept all my necklaces and earrings in a drawer where it was impossible to untangle everything.
So, here we have it. I worked with Ian on this project, and we designed a simple shadowbox that can easily be recreated! Originally, I was going to purchase picture frames and arrange them together, but it was going to be much costlier than building the shadowbox from scratch. I know this may sound intimidating, but I promise it is not as scary as it seems. You never know what you can do until you try! 6 months ago I would have said there is no way I could build my own furniture, and, now, I am making a majority of my own furniture and décor.
I have always been an accessories fanatic. Handbags, earrings, necklaces, and shoes are my addiction. I actually got my ears pierced when I was 5 after begging my parents’ day and night for a very long time that that was all I wanted for my birthday. I wish I could remember what argument I used because my parents took me to the mall, and I got my ears pierced at Claire’s.
I had my first handbag when I was 4. It was a bright red, cross body bag with camel colored trim and strap. I always brought it to the playground, so I could keep all the rocks I collected in one place. And, ever since I can remember, I loved going into my mom’s closet and trying on all of her heels, fervently hoping that my feet would grow so I could wear them around all of the time. The love for all accessories and shoes grew as I became older, and fashion is one of my top passions.
On to the jewelry shadowbox! I made mine more medium sized. I do not have very many accessories right now. My tastes have changed, and I am still in the process of finding pieces I love that will last for years to come. If you can’t tell, I adore gold, and I tend to keep my pieces simple. What I love about this shadowbox is it also acts as a statement piece for your room! All of your jewelry can be on display, and it brings an element of glam to any room.
You can make your box larger or smaller depending on your jewelry needs. There is enough of a ledge on top of the shadowbox, so you can add some small décor items like block letters, a small candle, or small picture.
DIY Jewelry Shadowbox
(2) 6’x.1”x2” wood boards
3/8” thick plywood of choice (I used birch)
Wood Stain of Choice (I used Dark Walnut)
- Decide the length and width you want your shadowbox to be. Keep in mind that the frame will take away .75”.
- I decide to make my frame 19” Lx13” W. I felt this would give me plenty of room for hanging my jewelry. You can make yours larger or smaller depending on what you want.
- Take a right angle ruler and mark your measurements on your plywood piece, then cut along those marks.
- I used a circular saw to cut along the pencil marks.
- Now, take your 6’x1”x2” wood board and place the 1” side up. Cut a 45-degree angle at the front end.
- I used our Miter Saw to make the 45-degree angle. You can see our Miter Saw here. If you have questions on how to do this without a Miter Saw, leave a comment below!
- Measure from the tip of your angled cut to the length you chose for your shadowbox, and make another 45 degree angled cut at the end. You will need two of these pieces at the same length for the top and bottom of your shadowbox.
- For me, these two pieces measured 19” L.
- Make sure your angles are cut with the angle opening along the same side. See photo below:
- Now, use step 4 to make another two pieces that match the inches needed for your width.
- For me, these two pieces measured 13” L.
- For the frame that goes in the middle, 8 pieces are needed for this. First decide the length and width in inches you want for your frame.
- My frame was 7”x6”.
- Cut two pieces that match your determined Length in inches and two pieces that match your determined width in inches. Once again, follow step 4 to create 45 degree angles for all of your pieces.
- I had 2 pieces that measured 7” and two pieces that measured 6”.
- Go ahead and secure your outer frame pieces to your plywood.
- To do this take wood clamps, and line up the top piece with the top of your shadowbox ensuring that the corners match up with the corners of the plywood. Use a drill driver with a drill bit to make a starter hole. I placed about 6 of these holes along the back. Then use your drill driver to drive in an 8×1 ¼” wood screw into each starter hole.
- Repeat step 8a, until you have your entire frame screwed into place.
- Use your tape measurer to determine the middle of the frame. Subtract the length and width of your middle frame from the length and width of the entire frame. This will help you figure out how long your pieces that “hold” the middle frame in place need to be.
- For me, I needed 2 pieces that were 2 ¼” L and two pieces that were 5 ¾” L. Please note, you do not need to make a 45-degree angle on these pieces! Just make a straight cut.
- After cutting your needed pieces, place the middle frame in the middle and wiggle in the pieces that hold the frame in place, using a tape measurer to make sure the pieces are centered on all sides.
- Secure the middle frame and support pieces with a drill driver and screws.
- Measure where each piece is, then use those measurements, make a mark on the back of the shadowbox with a pencil, and secure with a screw in that spot.
- After all pieces are secure, take an electric sander with a piece of 220 grit sand paper and sand your shadowbox.
- After sanding, use tack cloth to ensure your wood surface is clean and free of any dust.
- Take a foam brush and apply a layer of your stain of choice.
- Wait 15 minutes for the stain to soak in, then wipe off any excess stain with a cloth or towel.
- Wait 3-4 hours before applying another coat of stain if you feel another coat is desired. (You can use this guide to determine if you want to paint or stain your shadowbox).
- Once again, wipe off any excess and allow the stain to set in for 24 hours before applying any finish.
- Use a foam brush to apply your polyurethane finish. Allow this to dry for 8 hours, evaluate, and decide if you want another coat. Use a 220 piece of sandpaper to sand the finish, then apply your last coat of finish. Wait 24 hours for this to dry.
- After staining and finishing, decide how much space you want between your cup hooks.
- I decided to go with 1” of space between my hooks.
- I needed to disassemble my frame, so, first, I removed the top part of my frame using my drill driver to detach the screws. Then I used a silver sharpie to mark along this piece in 1” increments.
- Then I used my drill driver with the smallest bit to create a starter hole.
- Then, I took my ½” cup hooks and screwed them into the holes I created, until all the holes were filled. You can use a pair of plyers to make this process easier.
- Use your drill driver to reattach this piece where it belongs.
- Repeat step 15 with the two pieces that are supporting the side of your middle frame and the bottom piece of your overall frame.
- Keep in mind the direction your hooks need to be in and how the piece screws back into the frame.
- Now, take the top piece of your middle frame, and use step 15. But, this time you will apply your eye hooks. I also recommend spacing them out much less than 1” apart.
- Repeat step 17 with the bottom piece of your middle frame.
- After everything is reattached, take a hammer and attach your saw tooth picture hangers to the back of your shadowbox.
- Hang wherever you desire! Then, fill it with your jewelry for a fabulous statement for any room!!
How awesome is that?!?! I am excited to use this jewelry shadowbox for years to come, and I am even more excited to fill it with more jewelry. 😉 Get creative with your shadowbox! You can always use various paints or stains, and you can use different measurements. If you have any questions, feel free to comment below!