How to Make Your Own Body Jewelry Display

Making your own body jewelry display is a fun way to organize your body accessories or to show off creations you are trying to sell. From earrings to navel studs, having a display board will allow you to see your body jewelry at a glance. A body jewelry display is simple to build and easy to carry around.

Tools and Materials

  • 1/2-inch Plywood
  • 1/2-inch Styrofoam
  • 1 Sq. Yard of Velvet
  • Wood Glue
  • 8 feet Furniture Grade Pine (1x2)
  • Staple Gun
  • 1/4-inch Staples
  • Measuring Tape
  • Yardstick
  • X-acto Knife
  • Circular Saw
  • Pencil
  • Square
  • Scissors
  • Drill
  • Drill Bits
  • Hammer
  • Finishing Nails
  • Heavy Books
  • Paint Brush (2)
  • Painter’s Tape
  • Wood Stain
  • Verathane

Step 1 – Cut and Assemble Display Base

Use your measuring tape, square and yardstick to measure and mark a 10 inch by 14 inch rectangle on the sheet of 1/4-inch plywood. Cut along the outside of your mark, being careful to cut as straight a line as possible. Place the plywood rectangle on top of your sheet of Styrofoam, using the wood as a guide to cut the Styrofoam with your X-acto knife. Glue the 2 pieces together, using heavy books to keep them together until the glue dries.

Step 2 – Attach Fabric

Cut your fabric into a 16 inch by 30 inch rectangle. Lay the fabric face down on a tabletop. Center your display board, Styrofoam side down, on the fabric; you should have a 3 inch border all the way around. Fold one side of the fabric over the top of the plywood backing and staple it to the wood. It is important that you staple the opposite side next, being sure to pull the fabric tight. Staple the other two sides of fabric the same way, folding the corners over to keep them as flat as possible.

Step 3 – Frame Display Board

Measure and cut two 10 inch lengths of 1x2 pine. Place these along the short sides of your body jewelry display board so that the corners match up. Remember to have the 2 inch side pressed against the display board. Every 3 inches, use a small drill bit to pre-drill holes in the frame and plywood. Attach the pine frame to the plywood using finishing nails.

Measure along the display board’s longer side, remembering to include the frame pieces you have just attached, and cut two more pieces of 1x2 pine to the proper length. Attach these to the plywood display board the same way you attached the shorter pieces. Remember to pre-drill holes for the finishing nails to keep the wood from splitting. It is especially important to pre-drill at the corners of the frame where the wood is more likely to split.

Step 4 – Stain the Frame

Tape the fabric around the inside of your frame to protect it when staining. Stain the pine frame and protect it with at least two coats of verathane. Once the verathane is dry, you are ready to display your body jewelry.