Where are you earrings and what are they doing right now? Are they in a bowl or a box getting all tangled up together so that when you try to fish out a pair it is like playing barrel of monkeys? I remember those days. I remember them really, really well in fact because just three short hours ago, that is what I was contending with. After raising my fists to the sky and shouting “raaaaarrrrgh” for a while, I stopped and thought, “Carys, you can craft your way out of this mess you`re in. Just THINK.” So think I did and here is the result of my brain…….
Because I quite like you, I`m going to show you how I did it (*applause and cheers*). This whole project took about half and hour to make and was immensely satisfying as I love projects that can be started and finished during a 3 year olds nap time. Here`s the low down:
Wooden frame (these are from Ikea, the birch wood frames that come in a pack of 2 and measure 7.5 inches by 5.5 inches. I whitewashed mine in a pale teal colour but any colour will work. The Nyttja frames come in multi-colours which would look great.)
Cross stitch fabric (from Micheals. $12.99 CDN for a huge roll that would make about 50 of these): the thinner the fabric the better
Computer and printer (mine is a super cheap inkjet printer and worked great for this)
A sheet of cardstock (or heavier than regular) paper
Stapler (I used a regular desk stapler but a staple gun would be even better)
Measure the height and width of your frame and cut a piece of fabric that is slightly smaller than the dimensions of your frame.
Choose an image, any image! I frequently use Graphics Fairy and Grandma`s Graphics. I like the look of black and white images but coloured images, text, or a combo of both would work well too. The thinner the fabric you are printing onto, the finer the detail of the image will show through, and vice versa. The image I used was a simply black and white sketch taken from Graphics Fairy, here.
Using Word (or any other program allowing you to insert an image and print it), I grabbed the image and pasted into a blank document. I adjusted the size of the image to ensure that it would fit within the frame area. In this case, I sized the image to roughly 3.5 inches high by 2.5 inches wide and I pasted in on the right hand side of the page, as below
Tape your fabric to a piece of cardstock, ensuring it is positioned so that when it prints out, it will be in the spot that you wanted. I consistently forget which side my printer prints on so I did a little test run first (see below).
When I figured out exactly where the image would print, I taped down the fabric to the cardstock. Like this……
PRINT! Bite your nails in excitement as the page pops out with your image on it (well, maybe not your image, unless you`ve chosen to do this with an image of yourself. Which would actually be kind of funny. You could hang the earrings on your own ears…….. oooohhh ideas!)
Remove the glass/plastic and any backing from your frame so you are left with just the open frame. Lay the fabric, image facing down, on the back of the frame and start stapling fabric to the wood.
Turn frame around and freak out! No need to thank me (you really should thank me though. Didnt your parents teach you any manners?)
A display like this would be cute for displaying products for sale online. I played around with using just text and thought you could use our company name and logo. In fact, maybe I will just go ahead and join the 770000 310100 other people on Etsy selling jewelery. Maybe. I. Will.
Hope you enjoy!