Project Challenge time again! This month our item to use was ‘fencing’. I’ll be honest, I was quite stumped on what to do for this one.
I had lofty dreams of making something completely new and different than anything already out there. But those lofty dreams stayed just that – dreams. I didn’t come up with anything breathtakingly amazing but I did make something I needed and my daughter is pretty happy with it.
I nabbed this roll of wire fencing at a garage sale for $3. I then proceeded to stare at it for a few weeks hoping it would somehow turn itself into some amazing fencing project. But alas, it just continued to lay there as a roll of wire fencing.
So I pulled a window out of my stash and looked at it for awhile too.
And decided to put the two items together to create a jewelry display for my daughter.
My teen has been making jewelry and would like to try to sell it. I’ve taken some of it with me to a couple events but I’ve never had a good way to display it. We have an event coming up in July so creating this now works out great.
My hubby gave me these leather gloves to keep in my tool box – I dislike wire things poking and scraping my hands. These keep that from happening. He also loaned me his side cutters to cut the wire fencing to the right shape. These are Klein cutters and are his good pair so I was informed to make SURE they got put back where they belonged. I told him I had planned to leave them out in the weather all summer and make sure they got good and rusty – (insert eye roll)
The old window frame has a great chippy patina and I really wanted to keep that without having paint always chipping off. So I washed it up good, sanded the loose pieces off, and gave it a couple coats of lacquer to seal it.
Sawhorses make working on projects easier on aging backs – this set is my own – I bought them for a buck at an auction.
I love power air tools. So easy and fast! Thanks to my hubby for letting me use his. I have a pneumatic stapler but hubby thought his would be better for this project because it shoots narrower staples.
BAM! Every third wire or so and a staple sinks in nice and solid. This wire fencing ain’t going nowhere.
So fast and easy it really didn’t feel like a project.
I detailed it with some fun felt pennant banners a friend made for me to style it up for the ‘beauty shots’. I used my own jewelry to show how it works as a display piece. We are waiting on our order of chains to come in so we can get Emma’s creations finished and ready for display.
I love the way it spreads my necklaces out so I can see them all in one place. If I had a good spot to hang it I’d use it for myself between shows!
The window is really big so it doesn’t work well on a bathroom counter to use for yourself. It’s too tall. It will be perfect for a shop display piece and we can prop it up on a small chest or coffee table. I’m also thinking we will add a piece of fabric to the back of it for shows where there might not be a wall or drapery behind it. Adding the fabric will give us a nice background for displaying Emma’s jewelry.
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I’m happy with it. I created a project using fencing. I now have a nice piece to use to display my daughters jewelry for sale. And if I can find a spot for it that doesn’t put it up too high I’m going to use it between shows for myself 🙂 And if I don’t find a space for it, it’s not going to be hard to store between events.
Now go check out these other great projects involving fencing.
You can also see another fencing project of mine here.
I hope you enjoy these projects and stay tuned for next month! We are using sheet/corrugated metal for June’s Project Challenge!
Thanks great idea.. would be great in my gift shop to display jewelry
What a wonderful idea, Jill. I also like your suggestion of putting fabric on the back. In addition you could use this to display your pillows or other creations that are for sale.
Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage says
I love it! It is so cute and that little felt banner is adorable! Did you leave your husbands fancy stapler out on the lawn? tee hee 😉
I really love your jewelry display and your jewelry. Now you’ll have 2 entrepreneurs in your family. Idea of putting fabric in back will work great, will you use a patterned fabric or plain?
So wish I could be there at your event in July. Will it be close to your home or out of town?
You might make the jewelry holders also to sell, do you have any smaller windows or just have your hubs make frames? Can use hardware cloth also, has smaller design. I have some of that I use for putting in my windows when I use them for decorating.
Do you wonder sometimes if our hubs think we’re not too smart when they tell us things that should be obvious? duh?teehee.
I am so jazzed, got a new buffet from Big Lots yesterday. They were clearancing out some of their furniture. Is white with glass in doors with panes, I love it so much, have wanted a buffet that had nice look. Boy did I clear lots of stuff out of cupboards last night and still have room in cupboards and buffet. Took other buffet/cupboard I bought from Fingerhut to put in mudroom to store this’n that, have it out of sight at least. There aren’t any drawers on new buffet so kept kitchen towels in Fingerhut buffet which isn’t really a buffet, more like a cupboard.
Since I didn’t want to scratch up top of new buffet took little end table out of bedroom to put microwave on, worked out great but made it little crowded where our living room starts next to kitchen so I moved my club chair on wall where I had my trestle table. Was time for nice Spring change, opened area up so it looks roomier. Now to figure out what to do with trestle table for while, good time to paint it. Have another table I had where I put cupboard from kitchen so have to find place for it also. Been wanting to paint it for some time. Used to have it in my studio with tv on it before I brought it out to use in mudroom. Love pieces that can be used in other rooms.
Keep on creating.
Jill Flory says
Hi JaneEllen! Sorry I haven’t been keeping up with your comments – I love getting them! I’m not sure yet what fabric we will use for the display piece – the event is on Lake Erie so a few hours from us. I may use a beachy colored fabric to go with the lake theme. Fun that you found a buffet! Those are hard to come by! Have fun fluffing for Spring and summer!
It is fantastic! The pennant banners are darling on it. I hope you can find a spot for it at home.
I’m roaring with laughter at the borrowed side cutters from your husband. I can just hear you both! Love it.
Jill Flory says
I was rather happy with it when I was finished. And I shake my head at my hubby on a weekly (daily) basis 😀
Perfect and it hold so much jewelry, which makes it better! I love the little banner too.