Monday, 27 April 2015

[DIY] Horse Shoe Necklace Holder

I've been having a bit of a change around in my room which involved getting rid of two sets of drawers as they weren't majorly needed. However, I had been storing my necklaces in one of the drawers so needed somewhere to put them. I had looked into buying a necklace stand but couldn't find one I really liked and then I saw the below on pinterest so decided to have a go at making my own. However, I soon realised that after putting up a new shelf, the project would mean that my necklaces would hang too low so decided to alter it and came with the above. It was my Dad's idea to have the photo's put in as the hooks would likely scratch my wall so we put some wood behind and added the photo's to make it look better. 

Unfortunately I didn't take step by step photos, but here are some vague instructions on how I made it!

Step 1: 
I already had two horse shoes dotted around painted so I just used these. However, if you don't then you can either ask your farrier or I found mine outside field gates all rusty! They were then sanded down and painted (you can paint them any colour you like). I also cleaned the nail holes out a bit (though dad had to drill them later on for the hooks) and poked through some ribbon to hang them up with. 

Step 2:
I measured round the horse shoes on a piece of plywood to create a square background and Dad then used a saw to cut them out. I also printed out two of my favourite photos onto photo paper and placed on the wood before putting the horse shoe on top to get an idea of where to centre the photo and cut off the excess. I then drew round the shoe on the photo and on the wood. Dad trimmed the wood ( I attempted but only did half of one before my hand cramped) and I trimmed the photo down. 

Step 3:
I then sanded round the edge of the wood before gluing on the photo using good old art attack glue (pva glue) that we still have kicking around and held them together to stick properly. Dad drilled the nail holes a bit more and then we used brass hooks to screw into the holes and attach the shoe to the wood. 

Et Voila! You now have a lovely horse shoe photo necklace holder or key holder or any other holder you may want to use it for! It was actually a vaguely easy DIY project, but my DIY/DT skills are awful (it was one subject I did awful in at school) so Dad took over some parts! However, I love the end result and it means that my necklaces are nicely on show and easy to get hold of :)

Thanks for reading,
Laura xx