How to Make Your Own Jewelry Display

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Make an eye-catching jewelry stand from standard plumber's copper pipes and fittings to organize and neatly display favorite pieces of jewelry. You can create these stands to decorate a vanity, to give as a unique gift, or to help display pieces in a boutique setting or an upcoming event.

Make this jewelry display from copper pipes and fittings.
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  • 3-by-6-inch copper pipe, ½-inch round
  • 2-by-3-inch copper pipe, ½-inch round
  • Pipe cutter
  • 2 copper T-fittings, ½-inch round
  • 3 copper end caps, ½-inch round
  • Copper fitting adapter (male), ½-inch round
  • Floor flange, ½-inch round
  • 4 wood screws, ¾-inch, #6
  • Oval wood plaque
  • Wood stain, color of your choice
  • Paintbrush
  • Spray paint
  • Clear craft adhesive glue

Standard copper pipes come in standard lengths of 2, 5 and 10 feet. Cut the pipe down to the listed material sizes using a round pipe cutter. Most hardware stores will cut the pipe to size free of charge if you purchase it in store.

  • Tip: Look for copper pipes and fittings at your local Restore, Craigslist or even FreeCycle to cut down on overall costs.
Assemble the materials.
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Stain the wood plaque with your choice of wood stain.

This wood stain is called Early American.
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For a more delicate feel to the finished piece, apply a metallic finish to the floor flange with thin, even coats of spray paint.

This is called metallic Champagne.
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Screw the floor flange securely into the center of the plaque using the four wood screws, after the wooden plaque and floor flange have fully dried.

Use a wood craft plaque as a sturdy base for this display.
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Twist the fitting adapter into the floor flange until tightly secure.

The threading on the "male" adapter is on the outside.
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Apply a thin layer of glue inside the rim of the fitting adapter and press one of the 6-inch pipes into the adapter opening.

Begin building the base to the jewelry stand.
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Apply a thin layer of glue inside the rim of one T-fitting and gently slide it onto the exposed side of the 6-inch pipe. Position the “T” in a vertical position, so a single arm is exposed to the side, with the other facing upward.

The exposed arm will later act as a bracelet holder.
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Apply a thin layer of glue inside the upward-facing rim of the same T-fitting; then gently press another 6-inch pipe into the fitting opening.

Piece by piece, the jewelry stand quickly takes shape.
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Apply a thin layer of glue inside the rim of the remaining T-fitting and gently slide it onto the exposed side of the 6-inch pipe. Position this “T” in a horizontal position and perpendicular to the original T-fitting so both remaining arms extend sideways.

Position the T-fitting perpendicular to the original T, so the arms extend in different directions.
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Apply a thin layer of glue inside the rim of each exposed “T” arms and gently press the 3-inch pipes into each fitting opening.

These arms hold longer necklaces.
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Apply a thin layer of glue inside the rim of the remaining “T” arm at the center of the stand and gently press the remaining 6-inch pipe into the fitting opening.

Press the pipe firmly into the exposed fitting.
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Finish the open pipe ends by applying a thin layer of glue inside the rim of three end caps and gently pressing them in place to cover the exposed pipes.

Close off the exposed ends to create a finished feel with end caps.
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Arrange jewelry on the stand for easy access and an eye-catching display. Use the upper arms of the rack to hang necklaces and the center arm for holding bracelets and bangles.

Use the stand to decorate a vanity, or present it as a unique gift.
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