After binding a few books I’ve found that I have leftover scraps of wires – sections of two to 4 loops of wire that I haven’t quite figured out a way to use. At the same time, my daughter was having trouble storing her necklaces, especially the bulky beaded necklaces that did not fit in the drawers of her little girl jewelry box.

I took one cover from a set of Teresa Collins Covers and punched binding holes along the straight edge. I traced the cover onto a piece of 12×12 paper and then cut it out just inside the line I traced. This made it smaller than the cover itself and I adhere it to the cover so a black border showed around the edges.

I wrapped ribbon and trims around the middle and used stickers and diecuts to create a monogram. The “K” letter was clear and instead of trying to figure out how to cover a glue dot to hold it on with I decided to cover it with glitter.

I stuck the letter to a 3L Scrapbook Adhesives adhesive sheet and rubbed (according to directions) to get the adhesive to stick tot he letter. I peeled off the letter and sprinkled on glitter. Then I took apart a keychain I made at Scrapbook Royalty's big annual fundraiser a couple years ago–I used just the acrylic cover from it that we had edged in Swarovski crystals. I used crystal lacquer to glue the letter to the acrylic keychain cover.

I threaded sections of scrap o-wires through the holes on the bottom of the cover. To help them stay in place I laid several strips of adhesive felt borders over top of the wires. When the piece is mounted on the wall, the wall helps the wires to stay put as well. In punched two holes in the top of the cover with the Pound It All and Rivet Setting Tools from Zutter and then added eyelets using my Crop A Dile. I tied a beaded chain through the eyelet holes using ribbon to create a hanger. My daughter instantly hung her necklaces on the hanger. It worked even better than I had envisioned in my head — woohoo!

This is the back of the cover — I threaded the wires in from the front and then pushed them all the way until the straight sides of the loops were laying flat against the front of the cover. No adhesive, no bending the wires involved.

Here you can see how I used the binding wires, no special treatments, to hang Katie's necklaces:


¾” Black O-Wire, Binding Machine, Pound It All, Rivet Setting Tools – Zutter Innovative

Paper, Cover – Teresa Collins

Ribbon – May Arts (pink polka dot), Floral Supply (tulle, white ruffle trim)

Rhinetsones – Swarovski, Heidi Swapp

Cardstock, Flower – Bazzill

Paint – KaiserCraft

Felt Borders – Queen & Co (pink), Prima (black)

Stickers – American Crafts

Beaded Chain – Walmart (better Homes & Gardens)

Eyelets- ProvoCraft

Diecuts – Sizzix

Glitter – Polka Dot Whimsy

“K” Letter – Autumn Leaves

Adhesive Sheet – 3L Scrapbook Adhesives

This project could also be used as a key holder, to hold lightweight photos or frames, or even to hold lanyards. For some reason we have lanyards for everything like the gym membership, my scrapbooking stuff, a whistle from when X coached soccer…guess I see another project in my future! Whatever you make, it is best to hang only lightweight items from the wires as they do bend (they are made to bend so you can close them with the Bind It All).

Until tomorrow, Happy Creating!!

Author: Jennifer Priest

It started with jewelry, beading, sewing, home decor, painting, basket weaving, pottery, and cross-stitch. Marry that to an entrepreneurial spirit & at 9 years old a girl is selling her wares at craft fairs as far as her parents and grandparents would drive her. These days, Jennifer enjoys crafts of all genres from sewing to scrapbooking to jewelry with a little dabbling in the mixed media world. Her style is approachable and she wants everyone who sees her work to feel that they too can embrace creativity and make their home and life beautiful.

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15 thoughts on “Two Problems, One Solution!

  1. What a great idea. I am always saving mine thing that one day I will come up with something. Thanks for the idea I think it will come in handy

    Posted on February 25, 2009 at 3:43 pm
  2. Genius!!!!!!!! I am totally stealing this but for Fiona’s hair bands and head bands!! I LOVE this!!

    Posted on February 25, 2009 at 4:37 pm
  3. wow that really turned out great. fab idea.

    Posted on February 25, 2009 at 5:36 pm
  4. omg I love this!!!!! You rock! Can I borrow your zutter J/P lol!!

    Posted on February 25, 2009 at 5:55 pm
  5. Awesome idea!!! I see christmas presents for the little girls in my life already in the bag and done for this year!! Thanks!!

    Posted on February 25, 2009 at 6:46 pm
  6. Love it!!

    Posted on February 25, 2009 at 9:52 pm
  7. What a clever idea! I love all the details that you put into this beautiful project! Thanks so much for sharing how you created it!

    Posted on February 25, 2009 at 10:30 pm
  8. That is so much better than what I expected it to be when you mentioned it weeks back. I shouldn’t be surprised. Katie is lucky gal. One to have a mom that makes her stuff like that but two, to have jewelry to put it to use.

    Posted on February 26, 2009 at 12:51 am
  9. That is such an awesome idea!!!!

    Posted on February 26, 2009 at 4:13 am
  10. omg I am so doing this for my daughters! OOOOH I think I need one for the store for stuff too!!!!
    Jennifer…I am seriously and completely inspired by you in so many ways!!! THANKS!!!

    Posted on March 1, 2009 at 7:48 pm
  11. Great project.

    I just saw it on Teresa Collins’ blog!! NICE!!!!

    Posted on March 8, 2009 at 5:55 pm
  12. This was one of the most creative use of leftovers I’ve every seen!!!
    Thanks so much for sharing.


    Posted on March 8, 2009 at 7:05 pm
  13. Very cute! Great idea.

    Posted on March 9, 2009 at 2:53 am
  14. i love this, i may try it myself. such talent!
    thanks for being inspiring

    Posted on March 12, 2009 at 11:24 pm
  15. This is an amazing idea!! I’m gonna have to try this! And yours is just beautiful!

    Posted on May 9, 2009 at 2:53 pm