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Spring Renewal – Craft Show Necklace Display from Upcycled Pallet Wood

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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?

Natasha Hoover

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  • Natalie May 8, 2013, 13:51

    Super idea – Love recycling!
    Thank you so much for sharing this on Tutorial Thursdays Linky Party 🙂
    I look forward to seeing what you share this week.
    Marigolds’ Loft

    • Natashalh May 8, 2013, 15:38

      Thanks for stopping in! I love linking up at tutorial-type link parties =)

  • Jess May 7, 2013, 12:19

    Great idea! 🙂

    Thanks again for joining the Link Up this week!

  • Splendid Little Stars May 6, 2013, 00:24

    That’s very creative, Natasha! Your new display looks fabulous with your jewelry!
    I hope your show was great!

    • Natashalh May 6, 2013, 07:36

      It turned out pretty frustrating, overall, but the displays did their job admirably!

  • Leann May 5, 2013, 18:46

    Very clever use of those old pallets. Wonderful display piece. Good luck at your shows.

  • Judy Nolan May 3, 2013, 16:26

    What a wonderful way to use this pallet! Because your work incorporates nature elements, it is a perfect match with the wood.

    • Natashalh May 4, 2013, 05:10

      Thanks! I like the way it looks. =) I’ll be putting it to use in just a couple of hours!

  • Krista @thehappyhousie May 1, 2013, 01:27

    Great idea! It is amazing how many cool things can be created out of old pallets – thanks for sharing this great idea:)

    • Natashalh May 1, 2013, 07:57

      I wanted to make a pallet couch, but I feel like I may need a better saw before I can tackle the project! Pallet wood is just too much for my hand saw. Thanks for stopping in!

  • Karen Schulz April 30, 2013, 19:03

    visiting from DIY dreamer. This is very cool . Well done

  • ~ joey ~ April 29, 2013, 01:06

    Nice job and I love the clever leg that holds it all up! Thanks for showing us on Sharing Creative Ideas what you made this week!
    ~ joey ~

    • Natashalh April 29, 2013, 08:10

      Thank you! It took some thinking to figure out how to make it with absolutely no hardware on hand, but I’m pretty pleased with my solution!

  • Sarah ~ Magnolia Surprise April 28, 2013, 12:42

    You’re right — your jewelry looks great against the pallet wood. As rough as pallets are, it must have been a chore to sand them, although surely you used an electric sander!! The easel back is brilliant! Great idea for the challenge!

    • Natashalh April 28, 2013, 12:52

      Yes, thank goodness. I borrowed an electric sander from someone! I couldn’t have done it by hand. Thanks for stopping in!

  • Duni April 28, 2013, 08:42

    Natasha! That’s awesome. You’re so handy with the power tools 🙂
    Those displays will certainly stand out at the show. The best of luck!!

    • Natashalh April 28, 2013, 09:14

      My dad gave me a ‘my size’ work bench for my fifth birthday. I’m not sure how my mom felt about it, but he definitly taught me a few things I’ve put to use later on! Oh, and he forgot to install the vice, which meant a quick trip to the ER two years later after I cut my finger open with a hand saw. Oh, well. =)

  • NatashaMay April 28, 2013, 07:38

    that’s an awesome idea and I love that it’s portable. 🙂

    • Natashalh April 28, 2013, 09:15

      Hello, fellow Natasha! I’m really glad you like the idea and took the time to stop by! I’m looking forward to using my new displays in less than a week!

  • Rose April 27, 2013, 23:03

    What a creative use for your wood! The displays do fit really well with your shop.

  • Cynthia April 27, 2013, 11:28

    That is so amazingly cleaver!! I love your new displays! good luck at your upcoming show

    • Natashalh April 27, 2013, 11:52

      Thank you! It’s a two day event, so I really hope it’s happening or else I’ll get really bored.

  • Trina (Trina's Clay Creations) April 27, 2013, 08:26

    Your new displays are great Natasha! And perfect for the BBA challenge too! Always great to transform something old into something new!

    We have a creek along the back of our property and it is quite full these days with all the rain. George needed to get to the other side to cut down some trees and chop some wood, but couldn’t get across the creek… So he took apart our old, very broken picnic table (we have since gotten a new one) and used the planks and iron to build a little bridge. Worked great!

    • Natashalh April 27, 2013, 08:32

      Nice! I bet picnic table wood is even sturdier than pallet wood. Before working with these two little guys, I had all these grandiose pallet projects. Now I’m honestly not sure if I’ll work with them again any time soon!

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