DIY this: gold and white jewellery stands

Since we moved out to my parents’ place, I don’t have my jewellery bulletin board to hang up all of my necklaces, and I threw out the tray that held my bracelets and earrings as it was toast. I needed something to put my jewellery on – otherwise it was all going to be staying in ziploc bags for the foreseeable future. Not good. Enter some gold and white jewellery stands with a sweet plus sign pattern.

I grabbed two white ceramic plates from the dollar store, had a third smaller white plate on hand (not shown), a couple of candlesticks from the thrift store (50 cents), and my gold Sharpie paint pen.


I debated a few different designs, but ultimately settled on a simple plus sign, repeated. I free-handed a line of them down the center of the plate, and then worked my way to the edges. Nothing too precise or math-y here – imperfection is fine by me. Since this is a paint pen rather than a regular Sharpie, I read that you don’t need to bake it to keep the finish on. I’ll keep you posted on whether it starts to wipe off. So far, so good.


Then I took those candlesticks and gave them a coat of gold spray paint.


But sadly, when I tried to stack them, the candlesticks were slightly askew (which I hadn’t initially realized), and my stand was looking Leaning Tower of Pisa – esque. Not good. Plus the candlesticks looked chunkier than I wanted and stole the show a little (not in a good way). Woop Woop.


However, I happily realized that I had some cheap glass candlesticks on hand (again, from the thrift store – surprised!?). I brought them out and they were perfect. The 3-tier was too high – you can see it in the photo below – so I ended up doing the small plate on one candlestick, and the two bigger plates in a 2-tier.


I forgot to take a picture of this step, but I just used some gorilla glue to glue the candlestick to the plate. You just line the rim of the candlestick with glue, press into place, and leave to set for a few hours. I then applied a bit of extra glue around the seam where the two pieces meet for extra security. That gorilla glue is fabulous stuff though – these puppies aren’t going anywhere.

Here is the small guy. Cute, right?



And the two-tier. Perfect for bigger items like necklaces or bracelets.




Obviously you could also use these for cupcakes or other little treats on a dessert table. You would want the desserts to be wrapped though – I wouldn’t put food straight onto the painted surface. It would be super sweet for a gold themed bash! I might be having visions of Maya’s 1st birthday party…



gold jewellery stands via the sweetest digs

An easy project with such a sweet result. Plus it’s nice to have my jewellery back on display again and not jumbled in a ziploc.

How do you store your jewellery? Have it up on the wall or displayed on a shelf? I am dreaming about my future closet in our house and planning a serious accessories area. Can’t. wait. 

*Linked up to Monday Funday, #BeAwesome, and Motivational Monday.

  • Courtney

    Crap! You already have a bunting necklace! GAH I knew it was TOO PERFECT for you!

  • Heather @ new house new home

    So sweet! And how easy to do!

  • Lisa Goulet


    • gemma

      Thanks Lisa!


  • Amanda – Small Home Big Start

    So cute! I love the + sign pattern.

    • gemma

      Thanks Amanda! I do too… I’m seeing it all over the place these days.


  • Vanessa@Decor Happy

    Very cute! I need to find some of these gold Sharpies. I’m imagining the possibilities.

    • gemma

      Michael’s has them. Be careful… it’s addictive!! :)


  • Danica

    These are super cute!!! I’m keeping my eye out for ideas once we move to the Forever Home

  • Kristen

    Great project! Is the turquoise necklace from Joe Fresh? If so, I think I’m wearing the same one in coral right now!

    • gemma

      Hahah it’s not – from Etsy – but I’m sure the design is similar. Pretty trendy right now! I might need to get my hands on the coral… :)


  • Inspire Me Heather

    Your jewellery stands turned out beautiful!!

  • Amy (

    These are super cute! Thanks for sharing!

    • gemma

      Thanks Amy!!


  • Lindsey Gerrish

    These are lovely and they look pretty easy too! Thanks for sharing!

  • Katie Edwards

    These are so cute!! I love them!

  • Shauna Oberg

    These turned out great! Love your beautiful jewelry pieces too!

    • gemma

      Thanks Shauna! I can’t help myself on Etsy…


  • Margaret Miranda

    I love white and gold. Fabulous idea.

    • gemma

      That makes two of us, Margaret :)


  • dani@lifeovereasy

    Love these! And I really like how the grouping looks with the single one on the side. Great job!

  • Krista

    So pretty Gemma! I made a similar three tiered stand using the cake pans and a pizza pan from the $$ store but painted the whole thing a distressed blue. The pretty gold design you added is so much more fun and modern- might need to repaint mine now, lol!! Pinned!!

    • gemma

      Haha – thanks Krista! Sounds like yours has a sweet, vintage vibe. You could always just make another stand – an excuse to buy more jewellery? ;)


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  • Tara @ Surburble

    Gemma – I love these! (I love these cake plates so much that I featured them today on our first Be Awesome Party round-up). Love the gold sharpie!

    • gemma

      Thank you so much, Tara! Really appreciate it! And yes, gold sharpies for the win :)


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