Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Do It, Live It, Teach It: How to make a vintage suitcase into a functional necklace display

This was a very fun project, so easy too. (right up my alley) I've known for a while that at arts and crafts shows i wanted to showcase my silver spoons separately. One day while scouring for silverware at my local V.O.A., I spotted an old beat up suitcase that I knew would be perfect for the job. (and at 99 cents, i couldn't pass it up) I've seen other artists use vintage suitcases to sell their wares out of, but I've never seen one for jewelry. Well today was the day.

* Vintage Suitcase
* 1/2 inch wooden dowels (4)
* 1/2 inch dowel caps (8)                                             
* 1/2 inch drill bit
* Power drill
* Wood glue
* Small hand saw
* Tape measure
* Marker
First I eyeballed it and figured out where i wanted my dowels to go on the inside. I had to take in account for the length of the necklaces when hung up to decide where i wanted the lower bar. Then I measured and marked where i wanted to drill and drilled a hole right through the suitcase. (it was surprisingly easy considering this particular suitcase feels like it's made out of a thick cardboard!)
Once all 8 holes were drilled, i measured how long the dowel would need to be and cut them to size.
*note the comfy house slippers, hey what do ya want, it's my day off ;)
I glued the dowel caps on only one end of the dowel so that i can pull them back through if needed.

Awesome finished product:
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I'm calling it 'Grandma's cupboard'
See more of my silverware creations on my web site www.sunshynesilverwear.com If you like anything you see, use coupon code 'Blog' at check out and get 20% off of your entire purchase. This code is only good for 7 days from date of post. Enjoy!

1 comment:

  1. You should contact Carol (Buenahelena) about doing a post for "Make it Monday" on the RNEST Blog! I know she's been looking for stuff to post lately. I think this would be perfect. Plus, you could have it link back to your own blog.