Wednesday, July 31, 2013


Trade & Made reveal day is finally here!! I can't wait to see what everyone came up with! Be sure to visit the parent site where you can find links to every participating blogger. And again, a huge thanks to our sponsors, who without their help and support, we couldn't have done this: Michaels, DecoArt, For the Makers, Clear & Simple Stamps and Specialty Bottle.

I'd also like to thank Erin of House of Earnest. She's been my partner in crime through all of this and a huge help! She gathered lots of supplies, packed all of the boxes, sent them out and I've had so much fun working on Trade & Made with her. What started out as a somewhat offbeat idea last year has become something really fun and exciting.

And now for the reveal! I actually made two projects, both jewelry organizers to hang necklaces. I'll share one today, and one tomorrow.

- circle wooden plaque
- glass vial 
- metallic gold paint
- paint brush
- embroidery thread (mint shown here)
- 3/4" drill bit (not shown)

Step 1: Paint the plaque with the metallic gold paint and let dry.

Step 2: Find the center point on the plaque and drill about a 1/4" into the plaque. Add touch up paint if desired.

Step 3: Take the glass vial, without the cork lid, and fit it into the drilled hole. If it doesn't fit snuggly, add some glue. I used hot glue and it worked great!

Step 4: To add some color and interest, I wrapped the end of the vial with embroidery thread. I liked doing this because it made it fun and personable. I did this in the same way as I showed here, gluing the end to finish it off.

That's it! Just hang it up and organize your jewelry! I love this solution because you can stack a few necklaces and be set for the week. It also helps detangle necklaces.

So, did you guess what I came up with? What would you have made with the supplies? I'd love to know! And don't forget to come back tomorrow when I'll reveal the second project I made using the Trade & Made supplies!


  1. Would have never thought to use the vial that way - so clever!

  2. Using the glass vial in this is so genius! Awesome project, Laura, and thanks so much for organizing this!

  3. Cute, simple, and a very clever use for that vial. It's funny how we used similar materials but had such different outcomes. And I love it all the more for that reason!!