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DIY Hanging Wooden Jewelry Holder

by Jennifer Wieland
Hanging Wooden Jewelry Holder - Michael's Spring Wood Crafts with Plaid products
I wrote this post as part of a paid campaign with Plaid Crafts, Michaels and Blueprint Social. The opinions in this post are my own.

I am a total jewelry fanatic like I think many women are and I have a jewelry box to keep my jewelry in but try as I might the thing is always filled! Pieces that I wear all the time you would think would be easy to find and grab but that’s never the case. So I decided to take matters into my own hands and make a hanging wooden jewelry holder. That way I have someplace quick, easy and convenient to place all of my most used pieces. Thankfully Michaels Spring Wood Surfaces had the perfect piece for this project.

Hanging Wooden Jewelry Holder - Michael's Spring Wood Crafts  with Plaid products

I love that this piece looks like a spring garden birdhouse and that it can be hung. By using a piece that can be hung this gives you so many options. If you don’t want to use or just simply don’t have an available surface to set it on you can hang it from a hook in your bedroom or bathroom. The other thing I really like about this wood piece I use dis that the small openings in the wooden artwork area work perfectly to hold earrings. There is also a groove on each side which makes for great ring holders. The rest of the tray is a perfect catchall for your necklaces and bracelets.

Hanging Wooden Jewelry Holder - Michael's Spring Wood Crafts  with Plaid products

To get started I got my work area ready by putting down some paper. I then selected the paint colors I would need to get the look that I wanted. I also get a selection of brushes ready to use in various sizes since this piece had lot of fine detail work and some larger surface areas.


Michaels Spring Wood Surface

FolkArt Paint in Titanium White, Chocolate Brown, Mandarin Satin Pearl, Pink Rouge Pearl, Pink Melon, Citrus Green, Aqua Moire Pearl & Look At Me Blue

small paint and foam brushes

Hanging Wooden Jewelry Holder - Michael's Spring Wood Crafts  with Plaid products

I placed small amounts of each of the colors I was going to use on a paper plate. You can use a palette but I’m just not that fancy here.

Hanging Wooden Jewelry Holder - Michael's Spring Wood Crafts  with Plaid products

I then began painting the intricate wooden seen in the middle. I used a variety of colors to help the scene come to life and really pop. I also painted this first since it required a steadier hand and greater attention to detail.

Hanging Wooden Jewelry Holder - Michael's Spring Wood Crafts  with Plaid products

Finally, I painted the interior of the base white and the roof and outer base the chocolate-brown color.

Hanging Wooden Jewelry Holder - Michael's Spring Wood Crafts  with Plaid products

Once it was all dry and ready to go I popped some of my favorite pieces of jewelry on it and in it. I think it came out beautifully and the bright, spring garden theme will help brighten my grey, dreary winter days.

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From Drab to Fab With FolkArt Stencils and Paints

by Jennifer Wieland
FolkArt Multi-Surface Acrylic Paint #plaidcrafts
Thank you to Plaid FolkArt Stencils & Paint for sponsoring today’s post.

I love this time of year! No, I’m not going to say because of the changing seasons or the upcoming holidays, although that’s true too. I love this time of year because now that back to school is done and over with lots of stores have furniture pieces on clearance from the dorm room decor and I love a bargain. You can snag desks, chairs, bookcases, small storage items all for a song. While I do love doing this every year, those pieces are often very dull, drab and utilitarian. So I like to take the pieces I get and take them from drab to fab with FolkArt Stencils & Paints.

From Drab to Fab With FolkArt Stencils and Paints #plaidcrafts

FolkArt Stencil.1 Stencils come in fun and edgy designs that really veer from the old tried and true stencils you may be familiar with. These stencils come from designer and creator Ed Roth, who uses street-art for the inspiration in the designs. FolkArt Premium Multi-Surface Acrylic Paint is the perfect paint to use in updating both indoor and outdoor furniture pieces with a fun and funky pattern. All of these products can be found at your local Michaels store.

FolkArt Multi-Surface Acrylic Paint #plaidcrafts


I found a fun and different bookcase with a door for my two youngest boys’ bedroom. We are in the process of redoing it currently and I’ve settled on a rock-n-roll theme in the colors of red, black, white and gray. I was able to get the bookcase marked down and with a coupon for only $20 before tax, so it was a steal. Since it was all in black though except for the silver door handle it was rather drab and something that would not catch the eye or add anything more than a storage spot to the bedroom. I decided that an argyle pattern down the door in corresponding colors would really help make the piece pop.

From Drab to Fab With FolkArt Stencils and Paints #plaidcrafts


Bookcase or similar piece of inexpensive furniture

FolkArt Stencil Adhesive

FolkArt Paints

FolkArt Stencil.1 Stencils

Stenciling foam brushes

Paper plate

In inexpensive furniture pieces like this they usually need to be assembled. The easiest way to stencil the piece is to do so before you assemble it. Prepare the back of the stencil with stencil adhesive. I used the FolkArt Stencil Adhesive which you dab on. The stencil adhesive the needs to set up for 10 minutes so that it makes the back of the stencil tacky.

From Drab to Fab With FolkArt Stencils and Paints #plaidcrafts

Put the paint colors of your choice on a paper plate. Place the stencil tacky side down onto the piece of furniture where you want your design. Press firmly to make sure that the stencil is attached completely. Using foam stencil brushes dab the colors where you want them. Use a pencil or chalk to mark the stencil guides if you are adding more of the design and trying to keep the pattern uniform or in line. Remove the stencil and let the paint dry. If you are doing more than line up the stencil with the stencil guide marks you made. The back of the stencil should still be tacky but if you are doing a lot of work with the stencil you will need to reapply the stencil adhesive from time to time. Continue painting until you reach your completed design.

From Drab to Fab With FolkArt Stencils and Paints #plaidcrafts

Following the manufacturer’s instructions assemble the piece of furniture. You now have a beautiful one of a kind creation that will catch anyone’s eye.

 From Drab to Fab With FolkArt Stencils and Paints #plaidcrafts

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Make Your Own Suncatcher Paint

by Jennifer Wieland
Suncatcher Paint

I spent last school year as the craft mom for one of my kid’s classrooms. I liked it because I like crafts and small children love making little arts & crafts projects so if you are the one letting them do that then they love you! At Valentine’s Day though I wanted to be able to do a nicer craft that the kids could present to someone as a little gift that they would always see. That was when I decided that suncatchers would be perfect.

Suncatcher Paint

Suncatchers themselves are very inexpensive and you can find all kinds at your local craft store and even Walmart in their craft department. They can range anywhere from $.29 to $.99 for a single one or you can order from someplace like Oriental Trading Company and get them in bulk really cheap. The problem you run into though is that the paint is what gets costly. You can get one of those strips of paint that has like 8 colors but the pots of color are really small so for a classroom you would need to buy one for every two or three students. That was when I got crafty. While roaming around my third craft store I happened to walk past the glue section and I thought, I wonder if I can use that. I then took home some good old-fashioned Elmer’s School Glue and added food coloring to it. The “paint” worked but with the white glue it was not as clear as I would have liked. So the next step was to try the transparent glue and it was perfect. I couldn’t tell the difference between true suncatcher paint and the make your own suncatcher paint. Then thanks to my daughter and her love of glitter I found you could add some glitter glue to your homemade suncatcher paint to give it some sparkle.

Suncatcher Paint

With all of the snow, gray and just general dreariness that has been this winter and spring I wanted to bring a little pop of color to one of my windows and let the kids make a craft so we whipped up some suncatcher paint and they got creative. Next week is spring break for them and daddy is on duty while I am on the Brandcation cruise so I think I may buy some more suncatchers because this is a project even daddy could handle for them.

Suncatcher Paint

Suncatcher Paint

School glue (transparent works best)
Food coloring
Paint palette, small containers, cups or bowls
Gitter glue (optional)
String, yarn or twine

Squeeze about 1/2 – 1 tbsp. of glue into a container and then add some food coloring. I used 2-3 drops of color for each. Stir the glue and colors together and stir in glitter glue to any of the colors you want. Let the little artists in your life paint. When the suncatchers dry you can hang them up with some string, yarn or twine.


Do you have a favorite rainy or snowy day project that you make with your kids?

This craft was featured on It’s a Long Story blog along with a lot of other great no-prep kids craft ideas! Be sure to check them all out.


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