If you are anything like me, no matter how hard you try, when you buy a new pair of earrings or a snazzy new ring, you will undoubtedly misplace said earrings or ring within a week of purchasing them. If I'm being totally honest, I'm pretty sure my record for losing a piece of jewelry I just bought might be as short as a couple of hours. And it's not even just losing jewelry. Sometimes, it's forgetting you even have that amazingly trendy new ring because it's relegated itself to the bottom of your jewelry box or it's hidden under stacks of bangles or piles of necklaces. Either way, it's a sad, sad day when the jewelry you bought and were so excited to rock and top off you look with, never gets to shine and become part of your OOTD.
My solution to this was to make a cute-as-heck jewelry tray where I could display all my smaller jewelry items so I would have them visible when getting ready. Having a specified jewelry tray for these items also helps provide a place to put things as soon as you get them home from the store.
Here's how I took a plain jewelry tray from Target, added a little pop of color and sparkle of glitter to make a tray that is just as pretty as the pieces of jewelry it will hold safe and on display.
YOU WILL NEED:
• Plain white jewelry tray or small dish
• Craft paint
• Tape (I used Washi tape because it was easier to peel off)
• Mod Podge
• Oodles and oodles of earrings, rings and other small jewelry pieces :)
I chose to do a color-blocked / geometric pattern, but feel free to improvise and try other patterns like stripes, polka dots, floral patterns or anything else that would go great on your vanity or dresser.
If you want to create a color blocked design like I did, take a look at the images and tips below to help you through the process. All you have to do is...
PAINTING & TAPING TIPS:
• When taping off each of your color sections, make sure, if you have a tray or dish with edges, to get the tape to follow the curve of the edge. This will help prevent any of the paint from seeping under the tape.
• I did 2-3 coats of paint per color to eliminate any streaks. You may not need as many coats depending on the type of paint you use.
• Let the sections of paint dry between coats and before taping each new section.
• Peel the tape off slowly and carefully between colors to prevent any of the paint peeling off with the tape.
• When taping over an area that was already painted, make sure to only press down and seal off the edge of the tape that is lined up with the area you are painting. This will help to prevent any of the already painted areas from peeling up when you remove the tape.
• For the glittered section, first paint a layer of Mod Podge, then cover with a coat of glitter (shaking off any excess.) Once the Mod Podge is dry, paint another layer of Mod Podge over the glitter to prevent the glitter from flaking off.
• When all your sections are painted and dry, paint a layer of Mod Podge over the entire tray. This will help lessen any chipping of the paint & glitter in the future.