To say I have a lot of jewellery might be a little understatement. There’s my every day pieces, my formal wear & statement items, plus my pretty decent sized collection of Indian baubles. I usually keep a few every day pieces in the bathroom but the rest of my jewellery is put away in drawers, and you know the saying – out of sight out of mind.
I definitely don’t have space to keep all my jewellery at arms reach, but I wanted a place where I could put out a few pieces at a time and rotate the rest of my collection. I’ve had this cork board from IKEA hanging around for a few months, plus I was itching to use these block print stamps I bought in Jaipur … so this DIY Jewellery Holder project happened!
Coark board – I painted mine with a metallic gold before printing but that’s optional
Blocks or stamps – Since running to Jaipur for blocks might not be an option, you can order them on etsy, or use any stamps you have at home for this project.
2-3 colours of paint based on the pattern you are creating
Paintbrush for spreading paint on the blocks
Washi tape for guiding the pattern
If you are going to paint the actual cork board start with that and let it dry for 4-6 hours. Then you can use the washi tape to mark off the space for your pattern. I didn’t actually measure my lines because I prefer an ‘imperfect’ look to my projects, but you could space out your pattern evenly if you prefer.Starting with one colour – load your stamp with paint, and use a brush to ensure that each part of the stamp is covered. Practice on a rough piece of paper first to figure out how much paint you need on the stamp. There were a couple times that I overloaded my block and made a bit of a mess.
If you are using the Jaipuri blocks you have to pound down on each part of the stamp with your fist to make sure that the design gets transferred. Tap all around with your fist before lifting the stamp slowly. Trust me, I learned my technique from this guy…Once you are done all the prints in one colour, you can switch to the next colour. If you don’t want any colour mixing or bleeding be sure to wash the block thoroughly and let it dry. I of course have the patience of a 2 year old and immediately switched colours ending up with a sort of ombre colour pattern.
Continue as you did with the first colour, and when the pattern is done peel off the washi tape, reveal your masterpiece, and use some simple push pins to show off your favourite baubles!If you look closely, my stamping isn’t perfect – but perfect is never the point of my DIY’s; personal is. The projects you see here on the blog actually get used in my house, and they just have to be good enough for me to love them. If you take on a DIY project don’t stress too much about the results, just enjoy the process!
Images by: Aziz Dhamani Photography