Let’s be honest. I hate throwing things out that could be put to good use. Upcycling is my mantra #savetheearth. Whenever I have something interesting that is project worthy, I always try my hardest to think of a great project to put it to use. Well, that is exactly what happened with the center piece that came with my dog’s kennel. I saw this piece of metal wiring that we would never use and was convinced that I could make something out of it. After quite a few months of sitting in my house, I finally had an idea! I am glad to get this piece of my dog’s cage out of the kitchen and happy it is in use.
At first, I was just going to use it for jewelry. However, I soon realized I could use it for all of my accessories including hats and hair pieces. I like having my accessories displayed on the wall since it reminds me to wear them more often. Plus, I feel less guilty about those super cute earrings I bought four years ago since they now look super chic hung up on my wall for display! I’m sure every girl can relate.
Do you want to know the best part about this project? I only spent $7 making it. Yes, you read that right. Only $7!!! I wish all my projects were that cheap! Of course, if you do not have some of the supplies on hand already, it may be a bit more expensive. Either way, this project is affordable, easy and fun to make!
-Dog cage separator
-White spray paint
-Primer and clear coat spray paint (optional)
-Cheap frame (found one at the flea market for $2!!)
– Old sheet or fabric
-Dremel for cutting
– Shower hooks ($5 at Walmart)
How To DIY:
Clean and Spray Paint the Frame
The first thing you want to do is clean the frame of any dust or residue. Be sure to do this so nothing gets stuck in the paint. Next, spray paint the frame. I used a spray paint primer to start, then coated it with white paint, and finally added a clear coat. However, the primer and clear coat are totally optional. Make sure to spray paint outdoors and have lots of cardboard or plastic wrap underneath the frame to avoid painting the ground underneath. You may want to provide a few separate coats of paint to ensure the frame is fully covered. It will probably take a few hours of spraying and drying to have the frame painted how you want it.
Measure and Cut Cardboard to Fit Inside the Frame
While you could opt for wood or something studier, I used some cardboard from an old box waiting to be recycled for the backbone of this project. For this step, use a tape measurer to measure how long and wide the cardboard should be. Then, go ahead and cut it to the right size and make sure it fits inside the frame. You may have to make a few adjustments to get the perfect fit.
Measure Fabric to Fit Over the Cardboard
For the fabric, I used an old sheet with a cute pattern. I simply measured the sheet to be the same size as the cardboard I cut in the last step with enough extra fabric to fold it over to the back side. You won’t want the fabric to be too long in the back. However, you won’t want it too short either. Shoot for a happy medium. Always remember that you can always cut the fabric shorter, but you can’t make it longer if you happen to cut too much off on accident.
Secure the Fabric to the Cardboard
At first I experimented with taping the fabric to the cardboard before placing it in the frame. However, when I tried taping it before placing it in the frame, the fabric bunched up in the front. I found it much easier to get a tightly wrapped fabric by placing the cardboard in the frame first. Then, pull the ends of the fabric tightly around the cardboard and use tape to seal it in place when you achieve the look you like.
Cut the Dog Kennel Piece Using a Rotary Tool
I was once the type of person that would shy away from a project because it required use of a rotary tool. But, I am not that person anymore. I am in love with my Dremel. It has so many uses that I never even thought one tool would be possible to do. For this project, you will use the cutting tool attachment for the Dremel to cut the edges of the dog kennel piece to the right length to fit inside the frame. As with the fabric, it is important to do this step in small portions rather than one large one. If you cut the edges too short, there is not going back. You will want to start small, test if the piece will fit, and so forth. Be sure to wear safety goggles when completing this step to avoid getting metal particles in your eyes.
Insert the Dog Kennel Piece Inside the Frame
At this point, the cardboard wrapped with fabric should already be inside the frame. Now, all you need to do is insert the metal piece inside the frame as well. Place the top ends in first and lightly push the bottom pieces in. You may be able to pull the bottom piece of the frame down in order to temporarily create more space to place the bottom portion inside the frame. Be careful not to alter the placement of the fabric when you are doing this step.
Attach Shower Hooks
Now, it is time to attach the shower hooks to the metal piece. It is totally up to you how you will to place them. I chose to use the shower hooks since they open and close easily and are big enough to hold various necklaces if needed. You will likely need to experiment a few times before you find a position that you really like the hooks to be in. Remember, they are not permanently placed, so you could always rearrange them later on as well.
Hang on the Wall and Decorate
This is the moment you all have been waiting for. Now, it is time to find the perfect spot on the wall to hang your new accessory organizer for the world to see. Then, it is time to start clearing space and hanging all your accessories on it. Enjoy!
Do you want to see more posts like this in the future? Have any suggestions on how to improve this project? Let me know in the comments