DIY chess board necklace organizer #Do It Yourself#jewelry September 13 | Guest post by Chacks I am a big fan of DIY and upcycling, and I've done a number of projects using yard sale and thrift shop finds to organize my house. I am an avid Pinterester and have a whole board devoted to DIY style. Every time I see a new project make the rounds I want in; I was one of the first to hop on the letterpress-drawer-as-earring-hanger wagon. Recently, I've been following all of the clever ways that people organize their jewelry. For a long time, I've wanted to figure out a new and unique way to organize my necklaces. At a yard sale the other day, it finally came to me. I saw an old wooden travel chess set with carved chess pieces, and thought, that could be turned into something amazing. Here's a step by step of how I made a chess board necklace organizer. Step 1: Find a wooden chess set with a wooden board. The wooden pieces have the heft you need to hang heavier necklaces. You can also drill or nail into the wood if you need it to be even more sturdy. Step 2: Figure out the configuration of the pieces. I went with the famous Evergreen Board, although I'm missing a second rook. Depending on the number of necklaces you have, you may want to go with all the pieces, or fewer pieces to allow for maximum hangability. Step 3: File the bottom of each piece Epoxy adhesive works best with a little bit of grit, so sand down the bottoms of all the chess pieces. CustomMade helps you connect with 3,000+ artisans for all your custom goods needs If you've ever dreamed up a piece of furniture or jewelry but found yourself unable to bring what you see in your head to fruition... [more] Step 4: Use Epoxy adhesive to secure the pieces to the board. Read the directions carefully, because Epoxy can be tough to work with. Make sure you know where all the pieces are going before you start, or the adhesive may dry before you are finished. The Epoxy will need at least an hour and a half to dry. Step 5: Mount the chess board on a wall. I used a simple picture frame wall mount for this. Step 6: Hang the goods! This project was so simple to complete and I love the finished product. It's got me thinking about all kinds of games that this could work with. Parcheesi, anyone? For an easy alternative version, you could push eye hooks into any game board and work from there. Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Chacks I'm an upcycling, bonsai growing, education reforming, improv loving, vegetarian bibliophile and Offbeat Wife. I live in Somerville, Massachusetts with my husband and my rescued terrier mix Neville Dogbottom. http://badfirstdrafts.wordpress.com PREVIOUS Use plastic wrap to easily poach eggs NEXT Can we talk about how this Zojirushi rice cooker changed my life? Toggle comments [ 7 ] Oh my gosh, I would so do this with Sorry! 0 agree Reply What a great idea for all those sad chess boards that don't have all the pieces! 1 agrees Reply This would fit in GREAT with my "grown-up" Alice in Wonderland theme bedroom. 0 agree Reply That sounds like an awesome theme! Pictures? 0 agree Reply Yes, I think we DEMAND a submission. 3 agree Reply Good idea! In the same vein as my current earring-hangers…I have a bit of an earring addiction. I bought embroidery hoops and an old sari in the colours of my bathroom from Value Village, put the fabric into them, cut around it and glued the edges down. The fabric-filled hoops hang on the wall, with pairs of earrings poked through them. It works best with dangly ones but I have studs on there too, just have to lift the hoops to get the backs on and off. 0 agree Reply In the same vein, I wanted to have an organized way to hang up my necklaces on the cheap. I just took wire and thumb tacks and created a cool shape on the wall and stuck in the thumbtacks and was able to put up all of my dangling earrings and necklaces. It was time consuming, but it helps keep me organized! 0 agree Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy. Biz owners & wedding bloggers Please just use your real name in your comment, not your business name or blog title. Our comments are not the place to pimp your website. If you want to promote your stuff on Offbeat Bride, join us as an advertiser instead.