The secret is out: I hoard pearls.
Some people like diamonds, but I’m all about pearls. Actually, I’m all about chocolate, but that’s a story for another time…
Most of my jewelry is strewn around the house so I wanted a place to display the strands that I don’t wear very often. Mostly sentimental favorites, they are too pretty to be kept in a box. I want them up and out where I can see them! Enter, once again ladies and gentlemen: Corrugated Plastic.
Continuing with the theme of finding new, practical ways to recycle annoying, leftover political signs, here is an easy project with endless possibilities. Hooks in a frame—how easy is that?
This idea came from a local bead store that lines their walls with pegboard and hooks. I love pegboard, but it can get expensive and corrugated plastic makes a great substitute.
- One sheet corrugated plastic, preferably salvaged from a street or yard sign
- Fabric of your choice (paper would work too, but a woven fabric will ensure the hooks don’t budge or tear)
- Drapery Hooks (I found a bag of 14 for $1.79 at the hardware store, but fabric stores sometimes carry as well)
- Glue or duct tape
- Picture Frame
- Small accessory box with zip tie(s) to attach
- Adhere your fabric to the corrugated plastic. Learning Curb: don’t use super lightweight fabric or the sign lettering might show through when the light shines just right. Like when you want to photograph it for your blog. And don’t use stripes because they are a Royal Pain to align just right and then you’ll stay up half the night attempting to tug them into place, only to fail. Fail. FAIL.
- Use the pointy end of the hook to make a hole and pierce it into the plastic. If you are going to hang heavy items, be sure the hook is set against the grain (ie: the hook is jabbed into multiple layers of the inner corrugated bits. Wow. I really know my technical terms, huh?)
- If you like, add a small accessory box. I just made a couple incisions in an old black watch box and fastened it on with a zip tie. Gosh, I should take a picture of that next time!
Make sure Miss Kitty gets to play with the pearls a bit before you hang them up.