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DIY Memo Board Jewelry Holder Makeover

Let's turn something old into something new again...a quick change makeover from a memo board to an earring holder!

 

When my mom passed away unexpectedly three years ago, I took just a few things back home.  This was one of them.  I've kept it in my closet and tucked a few cards and photos in it here and there, but I feel as if it has just been taking up space and not really pulling its weight in my closet.  I took it out when my sweetie and I switched closets (the best way to get him to clean out his stuff!)  This is a great close-up of the cat hair all over the memo board.

I was inspired to turn this into a jewelry holder by one of Jess' bedroom photos in her lovely blog Makeunder My Life. Isn't her board cool?


 
Image Credit: Becki Schleis 

So, step one was to pull out my mom's buttons, which I also brought home three years ago.

 

 

Did you wonder why I have cat hair in my photos?  This is my curious and enthusiastic helper, Tabitha.

I got distracted by some of the cute buttons that reminded me of both my kids' childhoods and my own childhood.  My mom handmade most of our clothes growing up, so I remember wearing some of these buttons!

Just look at these little gems...
  
 

This is part of a set of four race cars!


These are actually a little greener, but aren't they cute?  They were on a childhood dress.

Love this one.  It was all by itself.
 

These ladybugs were on my now grown-up daughter's little girl jumper.

I had a difficult time choosing buttons to go on the board.  My helper couldn't decide either. 
 

She decided to knock off the ones she didn't want.

 

Once we finally decided on our buttons, we were ready to begin this quickie little project.
 

Since I wanted smaller segments topped by buttons, I used the hot glue gun to secure the ribbon halfway between each stapled section, and I topped every section with different white buttons.  I also hot-glued these in place.

It was that easy.  Here's how it looks finished:

  

I was playing with my Premium Picnik account for the "after" photo (when you soften the photo, it's harder to see the kitty cat helper's fur on it.)

This will go back into my closet and will be much lighter on the wall - and take up less space - than a large jewelry box.
Do you have something you could repurpose as easily as I was able to repurpose my memo board?  I'd love to hear about it!

 
  

15 comments:

  1. How wonderful! I need something just like that. I have my things everywhere. Yikes~

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  3. Thank you for doing such a wonderful jewelry organizer board like mine! I have to admit, I took the lazy route and somehow had this board and just repurposed it. But your version turned out lovely!

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  5. It looks great and I think your helper is adorable!

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  6. That turned out great and I love how you were able to use your mother's buttons, wonderful!

    Kat :)

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  8. I love it!!!! great way to keep a memory alive..also love the bathroom..looks sooooooo fresh and clean!! I am addicted to your blog..keep posting!!

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  9. I love it. I have so many earrings and definitely need something like this. What a special piece.


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  11. Love it! I'm completely obsessed with buttons, so this was perfect!
    -Emily (Martha Shmartha)

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  12. I LOVE this! I just sent you an email about including it in my PROJECT: LIBRARY along with any other tutorials you have!

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  13. Thanks so much for sharing--what a sentimental piece you now have. Love the buttons!

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  14. Hi! I just posted this to my blog at http://tarahutchjewelryblog.com/2011/03/16/lookie-what-i-found-online/

    Love your content!

    Tara

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  15. Hi! I just posted this to my blog at http://tarahutchjewelryblog.com/2011/03/16/lookie-what-i-found-online/

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE this post, this project and Tabitha! I gave you some great props in my post! Good job! Nice blog, too!

    Tara

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