DIY chess board necklace organizer

Guestpost by Chacks on Sep 13th

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.

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.

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About 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.