So sometimes when we’re out adventuring I pick up random things and J gets this look of dread across his face. I know what he’s thinking. Ohh great, another thing we can hoard in our house and do absolutely nothing with. Honey, if you’re reading this, I swear, I’ll do something with that old vintage window. But for now, check out my awesome drift wood.
One sunny afternoon we took the kids for a walk down Pier 53 park. It’s this old pier they turned into a trail riiiiight next to the coast guard station, stray cats, and questionable area behind the Walmart. They really did a great job with it, and foot traffic is typically slow.
They have a really cool lookout and information about local animals. It’s fun for the kids to run around and explore a nature-y area. As the kids threw rocks into the river, I found this awesome piece of drift wood right by the water’s edge. It’s thick, heavy, and perfectly smoothed by the beautiful Delaware River.
Side bar: Can we discuss how people were paddleboarding and swimming in the Delaware River this summer as part of the Spruce Street Harbor Park? Like I’m sure someone did tests to make sure it’s safe, right?! Because I was very taken aback by that…
Anyway, I picked up this piece of drift wood and had to have it. I knew it had a new life ahead of it and I knew that life would be with me. And so ideas began swarming.
For a couple months it sat on our window sill on the outside of the house. It’s nice having kids because you can blame random findings and bathroom breaks on them. But, it’s probably 80% of the time me. So it sat for a month or two as I pondered what to do with it. And then it sat another month or two after I finally decided what I wanted to do but just had to find the time to do it. And then finally its day came. A DIY Jewelry rack.
I wish I had prettier hooks or knobs, but these are all I have for now, and may be replaced down the road. This is literally a five minutes DIY, you guys.
- Fine sandpaper
- 1 yard leather cord
- 5 hooks with screws on one end
- Nail to hang it on the wall
STEP 1: Use sandpaper to smooth out any rough areas. Mine was smooth but after spending some time on my window sill it got a little funky. So, I brought it back to its smooth move glory.
STEP 2: Take your leather cord and fold it in half. Wrap the side with the loop around one end of the driftwood and pull the loose ends through the loop.
STEP 3: Tie the loose ends around the other side of the wood.
STEP 4: Screw the hooks into the bottom side of the driftwood. If you’re the type of person that measures so they are exactly the right distance apart, do that. I am not. I started with the two end screws, next to the leather coard. Then I did the middle screw, then I did the second and fourth screw. This helps you gauge the distances a bit better.
Pop a nail in the wall and hang all your pretty jewels! I really like the clean simplicity of the hooks because it’s like a blank canvas for your pretties to stand out.
P.S. Jewelry organizers such as these are going upwards of $100 on Etsy.
Happy Weekend!! xo