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This month’s Blogging Business Artisans team challenge was to honor spring with a project of renewal. I honestly wasn’t sure if I’d have time to participate this month, but just a few days ago I was struck by inspiration.
Ok, so that sounds way more artistic than the way it really happened. Sometimes ideas actually do just happen to me, but I worked for this one. I thought for weeks about what to do for the challenge. At the same time, I was trying to think of a way to make some sort of vertical necklace display. I have one basic black velvet necklace display that holds 10 pieces and three additional single stands, but I have a lot of things to display at shows! Laying them all out individually not only looked “eh,” but it took me forever to pack up shop.
A couple of days ago, I decided to do some deep spring cleaning and came across two small pallets I picked up over a year ago. I’d sanded them down because I had originally planned to turn them into a table. Then I discovered that pallet wood is the only thing tougher than nails. Then, just as I was getting ready to give up and cart them to the dumpster, I finally had an idea.
Pallet wood jewelry display – useful renewal!
I now have two of these displays. They wouldn’t suit everyone but, just like my tags, I think they’re totally me. Plus, I really like how the boards look with my nautical things. I didn’t want to buy any additional hardware, so I made the displays using only things I already had. The pallets had a couple of additional support pieces on their bottoms that I (with extraordinary effort) pried free. I drilled holes in the pallet’s supports, top and bottom, and holes in two of the removed pieces, top and bottom, too.
Then I threaded it all together with paracord. I use paracord for many of my nautical items and I figure if it can hold 550 pounds, it can hold up a display! According to my scientific boyfriend, this is a tripod. I tend to think of tripods as something spindly you stick a camera on, but I have a history degree and his in physics.
Gravity and the cord hold the support piece in place pretty well, but I added a tack to make sure the top of the supporting bracket didn’t slip up.
It is super easy to collapse and doesn’t require any sort of tools or hardware! This is a big plus for me because forgetting some table hardware ultimately left me with a goose egg on my temple at a show last December.
Finally, I used brightly colored craft paints to paint up some mini clothespins and glued them in place using super strong silicone adhesive.
I love my new displays and can’t wait to use them the first weekend in May! They are so perfectly me and perfect for the BBArtisans challenge. Turning pallets I literally salvaged from the trash and was about to return to the trash was a fantastic exercise in renewal. Plus, I’m happy to be linking up at Made by Joey‘s Creative Weekend!
What cool, new things have you made recently by transforming something old?