Saturday, January 15, 2011

Ring Display Box Tutorial


This project is wonderful for displaying rings at boutiques, trunk shows, art fairs, or home. I stayed basic with the colors I used, so that the rings displayed would be the focal point. You can customize this as much or as little as you want. I found my wood tray at Ben Franklins, a local craft store. You could go digging around your house, treasure hunting at an antique store, etc. As long as the style and size fit your intended purpose.

Project: Ring Display Box
Time: 20 - 30 minutes
Skill Level: Super simple, though some parts take patience.
Please ask for assistance cutting the rods if you decide to use an electric saw.


What You'll Need:
Box
Dow Rods (I used 1" thick)
Fabric - stiffer or thicker fabrics w/little or no stretch
( I over bought, to make room for errors. Leave room for tucking the fabric into the sides and grooves)
Saw or Jigsaw
Iron
Fabric Scissors
Stuffing

Optional:
I found a thin butter knife helped when tucking the fabric.
I also opted for a staple gun, because I found it easier to wrap each rod individually. You can staple the fabric in place on the ends and middle. This is easily hidden.


Step 1: Measure your box and mark the cut line for each dow rod. Cutting them too short will leave too much wiggle room and make it hard to space the rods evenly.


Step 2: Carefully cut each rod. I will go ahead and throw a disclaimer in here... I tend to be inpatient. Please use the correct work table or area to cut your rods. Also small bits of saw dust may fly around, so using glasses or safety goggles is best. Always ask for help, pride regenerates... Fingers... Not so much.


Step 3: Snug each dow rod into your box. Space them between 1/4 and 1/2 inch apart as pictured below. This will allow you to tell if you've cut enough pieces for your project.



Step 4: Lightly cover and stretch stuffing over your rods.

Step 5: This is the most tedious part of this project, tucking in the fabric. I found it easiest to cover each rod one by one by wrapping the fabric 1/2 way around the rod and stapling the middle and ends. A thin butter knife really helped to neatly tuck the fabric.



Step 6: Enjoy! You should be able to gently tuck the ring base of each ring in between the rods. The stuffing will help cushion and protect each ring.

Optional: You can always stain or paint your box before hand. Trying different finishes or antiquing processes could add a unique look. Allow your stain or paint to dry for 24 hrs to avoid ruining your fabric.

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