I have spent the last few weeks working on converting an old printers typeset tray into a jewelry display. I had originally seen the idea on Etsy from Blue Bird Heaven who converts trays into beautiful displays of art. Unfortunately with money so tight, I wasn’t able to get one through the vendor.
Instead I located a tray on eBay that used to be someone’s mom’s tchotchke display. Then came the difficult search of finding eye screws and cup hooks that would work for my purposes. You’d be surprised how difficult it is to find small eye screws. Ace Hardware ended up being the only place that offered the size I was looking for, but they didn’t have a large stock. I ended up going to three different stores (not including all of the locations that have closed their doors permanently recently) to find enough eye screws and cup hooks. The search was more difficult because I chose to use silver instead of brass. For some reason, brass has a huge holding in the eye screw and cup hook industry.
Once I got all the necessary hardware, I had to screw everything in. What seemed like an easy task ended up being a little more time consuming then I anticipated. First I had to start a hole with a push pin so the eye screw would thread into the wood. Then I had to get the eye screw started—sometimes this took awhile for the threading to catch. Then I used small pliers to finish screwing them in. You’d be surprised how long that takes!
The tray has three sections to it. This left side has 24 spots. Some of the spots I put cup hooks for bracelets, anklets and necklaces. The rest are for earrings. In the first vertical column, I installed one eye screw for special random earrings. Along the far left side, long necklaces dangle from a cup hook.
The middle section has a variety of section sizes. I installed a few cup hooks again to house bracelets and rings. This section also houses really long and dangling earrings. There’s also a top row for my smaller dangles.
The right section holds only earrings. The sections are different sizes for different earring lengths. Again on the right side are long earrings hung from a cup hook.
Along the bottom, I added eight cup hooks to house more necklaces and other accessories. I was able to hang my headbands and my extra pair of glasses.
Overall I’m so happy with the results and couldn’t be happier with how it turned out!