Craft ~ Decorative Plaque Hooks


I am currently in the midst of a jewelry hoarding problem.  And the thing is, I’d gladly WEAR it instead of HOARD it…if it wasn’t all tangled in a giant knot on top of my bedroom dresser.


There’s also a giant tangle on my bathroom vanity counter.  Heeeeeeelllllp.


The thing is, I love jewelry boxes, but I need my accessories in sight or I forget what I have.   Then five years later, I sit and untangle necklaces and cry because I only wore them once or twice.


It needs to stop.


Recently, I was at a family birthday party when I saw some super cute hooks my husband’s cousin had made for her niece.  She was using them to hang scarves and light sweaters and hats, and as soon as I saw them, a light bulb went off.


Necklace hooks.


And not just ANY necklace hooks, but hooks that are also cute and decorative.




You need:

  • Unfinished wooden plaques
  • Small bottle of craft paint
  • Small paint brush
  • Modge Podge (I used matte and I loved it)
  • Sponge brush for applying Modge Podge
  • Acrylic Spray (comes in a can like spray paint and can be found HERE or at your local craft store)
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Hooks (you can find these at a craft store like Hobby Lobby OR a hardware store)
  • Decorative accents like ribbon or beads, if desired
  • Screws to attach hooks
  • Hanging hardware for back of plaques

The wood plaques can be found at your craft store.  There are lots of different shapes and sizes.  I decided to go for the medium sized rectangles.

I originally planned on buying a large piece of wood at the hardware store and having my husband cut it, thinking it would be cheaper.  But the unfinished wood plaques at Hobby Lobby were 99 cents and another 30% off, so I went that route instead.



Paint the edges of the plaques with the craft paint.  I used two coats of dark brown and let them dry overnight.



Measure the flat surface of the plaque and cut scrapbook paper to fit.  Take the paper outside and spray it evenly with a coat of acrylic spray (this will keep it from wrinkling up when covered in Modge Podge).  Let the paper dry for about ten minutes.


Coat the surface of the plaque with Modge Podge.  Apply paper, smoothing out any wrinkles.  Once it seems to be dried on, coat the top quickly and evenly with a coat of Modge Podge.  I also applied Modge Podge to the wood part of the plaque, to act as a sealer and give it a finished sheen.


Once the first coat of Modge Podge dries completely, apply a second coat and let dry.


Add your decorative accents.  I tied on matching ribbon…

…and glued on some scrapbooking bead accents, using superglue.

Add the hanging hardware to the back of the plaque, then screw on the hook (this is a good husband job).

See how pretty?


I’m not even a very crafty person, but I pulled this off in an afternoon.


Good luck and happy crafting!!

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  1. 1
    Melissa says:

    O M G. Seriously, you ARE a genius!!!!!! Beautiful & SO many ways to customize!!!!

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    Sara says:

    very pretty, great idea!

  3. 3

    I was just thinking of making a wall jewelry system. I am your dresser tangle sister and I’m tired of it, plus I need my dresser space. Soo cute!

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    Michele says:

    Those are pretty, cute, and useful! How do you store your earrings? I have mine on a birdcage. I’d take a picture if I wasn’t too lazy to get up. lol.

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    Victoria says:

    They are pretty! But I was really admiring the blue flower necklace in the very first picture. Where did you find that at?

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    Sonya says:

    Love this! I’m going to make some for my daughters room. Plus I love the blue flower necklace did you make that ?

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    Sonya says:

    Thank you Kristan! I bought a white one. :)

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    Hayley says:

    Weird. My mom’s name is Sonya and I was just thinking she’d love that necklace ^^ haha.
    Anyway, these are totally adorable! I love how you can choose to paint it any color and use different scrapbook papers depending on the theme of your room or even jewelry (imagine a girly, sparkly paper for cutesy necklaces, a nature-themed one for pretty jewelry, or a cool patterned one for more edgy jewelry). Great idea, Kristan!!

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    Hey there! Just wanted to let you know we featured you in our Favorite Find Fridays post over at Whimsically Homemade. We used one of your pictures. If that’s a problem let us know and we’ll remove it immediately. Thanks for your great inspiration!

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