DIY: Jewelry Display from Old Stair Spindle

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Jewelry / Small Item Display Idea

Materials: old wood stair spindle, wine corks, wood glue, sand paper, stain, painters tape

Tools: saw, drill

When Artistry Day Spa & Salon asked to have a display of our wine cork key chains, of course I said yes!  Now, I have never made a key chain display before but I wasn’t going to say no. How exciting someone wanted to display our cork key chains in their shop!  I drew up some ideas and showed them to the quiet half of The Wooden Bee, my husband Kyle.  We collect a variety of materials in our recycling efforts and I always like to consult him on new projects. After discussing several materials, we settled on an old stair spindle.

I cut it up before I thought to take a picture, but here it is pieced back together.

We made three cuts for three jewelry displays and an extra wood block (that I’m sure will be reused for another project).

Then we drilled a hole through the stair spindle. We used a wine cork as grommets to secure a wood pole.  Simply drill out the middle of a wine cork and cut it in half to make the grommets. You can use a little wood glue to help secure the grommets (& pole) as well.

Next, I sanded and stained the wood display and wood pole, after covering the wine cork grommets with painters tape. We should have waited to fit the cork grommets until after staining, but we wanted to make sure we could secure the wood display pole before we got any further in the process.

I added little cork “caps” to the wood pole so nothing could slide off. Simply use cut and hollowed ends of wine corks. We have three more displays to make, so I get more detailed with our new idea in future posts!

I loved this project… just another reason to save the wood!!!

Happy Upcycling, Bee


Comments (4)

TriciaApril 29th, 2013 at 8:37 am

Bee, I love this. I JUST made a jewelry display stand last week that looked VERY similar with one exception, the base of my stand was a wine bottle! Thanks for linking up to the Upcycled Linky Party at

Sarah KristenApril 29th, 2013 at 10:36 am

Great project Bee! I love this!

Mary TApril 29th, 2013 at 11:00 pm

This is so unique…I just love it! Old stair spindles…something else to look for when I go to garage sales!! I may have to hit a flea market or 2 also!! 🙂 You guys are so talented!

Stephanie HowertonApril 30th, 2013 at 10:53 am

That is amazing, what a cool way to make jewelry displays!!

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