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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Finally, I used brightly colored craft paints to paint up some mini clothespins and glued them in place using super strong silicone adhesive.

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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 šŸ™‚
    I look forward to seeing what you share this week.
    x
    Natalie
    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! šŸ™‚

    Thanks again for joining the Link Up this week!

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