modern jewelry dishes & Sharpie paint markers


as the supervisor and display lead at Fred & Betty’s thrift store, i am often searching for new ideas of thrift store crafts to share with our followers on Instagram.  there are so many clever ideas available, but not always modern, so i decided to create my own!


after picking up several glass dishes, small bowls and containers from the thrift store, i headed to Michaels to pick up some new Sharpie oil-based paint markers, and a couple new bottles of acrylic craft paint.  my goal was to create several styles of ring & jewelry dishes.  i had been wanting one to set on my bedside table to put my earrings in at night (i always forget to take them off until i lay down!), and i wanted to make more for gifts.



these Sharpie markers are awesome!  they work on virtually any surface: wood, metal, glass, pottery, rubber, plastic, stone… and they come in lots of vibrant colors.   for my purposes, i went with gold and silver metallic markers, and glossy black.  they are AP certified and xylene free.  as always, i pulled up my Michaels app on my phone to get a coupon (#neverpayfullprice).


i had so much fun thinking up different designs for each different type of dish!  i used painter’s tape on the backside of my dishes to tape off the areas i wanted to keep clear, and just used a knife to scrape off any acrylic paint that bled under.  then i used my Sharpie paint markers to add in all the fun details!


aren’t they so fun!  and they are all different.  some i used Sharpie on the back side then painted over it.  others i used the Sharpie on the backside only in areas that i had not painted.  and still on others i used the Sharpie on the top side of the glass which added another dimension with the Sharpie designs on top and paint color underneath.

here are some details of my favorites:


for the design above, i taped off a section, painted it, then drew a floral design free hand all over the unpainted section, then highlighted part of that with a layer of acrylic craft paint behind the Sharpie flowers.


the light color required several coats of paint.  spray paint may have been faster, but i really like mixing my own colors, and i couldn’t find the exact color i wanted in a spray.  after getting a solid pale peachy-pink, i used the metallic gold Sharpie paint marker to draw starbursts on the inside of the bowl.


for this larger design, i taped off 2 sections on the back and painted them, then layered a simple free handed scallop design on the front.  i learned if i made a mistake that nail polish remover on a q-tip worked great to remove tiny errors!  after they were finished, its a good idea to seal the back sides with a clear coat.  also note, these are not meant to be food safe, but for decorative purposes only.


i love how pretty they all turned out!



and now the tough decision is… do i keep this pretty bowl beside my bed?


or this vintage-made-modern tray?  these are life’s big decisions, you guys ;)


Be sure to check your local newspaper and online for Michaels coupons while supplies last! All Sharpie Paint Markers are BOGO 50% off at Michaels June 5th through 11th and again June 19th through 25th while supplies last.

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DIY leather tassel necklaces

diy leather tassel necklaces


i am a creative down to the core, but i don’t capture my projects as often as i’d like to because i do most of my creating at night.  night time is great for crafting but bad for blogging (no light = bad pictures).  but yesterday, when the kids were at school, i made the grown up choice to create this tutorial instead of napping (and totally regretted that decision by 3pm)!

diy leather tassel necklaces


i created these leather tassel necklaces several months ago with some left over supplies after closing my shop.  i kept a couple for myself and love to wear them layered together.  i can wear them long or short since they are adjustable.  i have been asked for a tutorial several times after wearing them in my what i wore posts.  so here you go!

diy leather tassel necklaces

you need a handful of supplies for this project.  i got this 3 pack of tools at walmart several years ago with needle nose pliers, round nose pliers, and side cutters.

diy leather tassel necklaces

you can find leather tassels all over the interwebs, but i found some here.  i got mine with antique bronze caps, but there are a couple other options.

diy leather tassel necklaces


an unnecessary addition, but super cute, i add a wire wrapped bead to the end of each necklace.  any beads will do, i just had these glass beads from walmart.

other supplies needed:

about 32″ of chain – i chose antique bronze (similar here)

2  4mm jump rings (similar here)

1  6mm jump ring (similar here)

1 head pin (similar)

1 lobster clasp (similar)

diy leather tassel necklaces


i’ll take you through step-by-step, but you can see the basic order (above) to putting together this necklace.

diy leather tassel necklaces

this requires some cooperation between your right and left hands, since you’ll need to use both the needle nose pliers and the round nose pliers (or any 2 pairs of tiny pliers).  begin by opening the smaller jump ring just enough to add the lobster clasp and one end of the chain.

diy leather tassel necklaces

once those 2 pieces are on the jump ring, close the ring using both pliers.

diy leather tassel necklaces


next take the larger jump ring and slide the tassel onto it, and the chain inside the ring, then close the jump ring.  its important that you put the chain inside the jump ring rather than a loop of the chain through the jump ring.  once the ring is closed, you want the tassel to move freely along the chain, not be stuck on one loop of the chain.

diy leather tassel necklaces


next make the wire wrapped bead.  this is a little tricky, so here’s a great tutorial, but i’ll try to walk you through it.

diy leather tassel necklaces

slide the bead onto the base of the head pin.

diy leather tassel necklaces

using the needle nose pliers, hold the wire about a 1/4″ up.

diy leather tassel necklaces

bend the wire around the pliers to form a loop.

diy leather tassel necklaces

wrap the wire tight around the pliers, tighter than i did here!

diy leather tassel necklaces

holding the needle nose pliers in one hand, take the round nose pliers and grab the end of the wire, and wrap it around the head pin, just above the bead.  then clip off any remaining wire left.

diy leather tassel necklaces

it takes a few tries to get this right, be patient.

diy leather tassel necklaces


take the smaller jump ring, open it, and add the wire wrapped bead and the end of the chain, then close the ring.

diy leather tassel necklaces

all done!  layer a couple of your favorite colors for a lightweight addition to your outfit!

diy leather tassel necklaces


let me know if you have any questions!

diy leather tassel necklaces