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How To Make a Linen Covered Jewelry Board

You guys, my Noonday Collection launch party was on Saturday night and we had a BLAST!

Sixteen lovely friends came over to celebrate the start of my new business and learn what Noonday is all about. I had a blast sharing the artisans stories and how they have impacted me. Plus, four friends signed on to host parties themselves! It’s going to be a busy next couple months, that’s for sure!!

It’s certainly not hard to sell when the jewelry is this gorgeous!!! I made some treats out of the Jerusalem and Plenty cookbooks as well — some hummus, baba ganoush and roasted sweet potatoes with lemongrass and ginger creme fraiche. Yum!

Love the Ruth necklace and Ruth’s story that goes along with it. My friends loved hearing all about Jalia and Daniel and the fabulous group of artisans they now have working for them at their headquarters in Uganda!

And of course the sseko sandals. These rarely leave my feet. There’s over twenty different ways to wear them but I think this braided style is my favorite. These are made by high school graduates in Uganda saving money for college. The sandal base is 100% leather so superrrrrrr comfy {think Rainbows but cushier}.

The Inca Steps was my number one best selling item at the party! Photos just don’t do it justice. I bought one for my bestie, Ashley, as a bridal shower hostess gift and she loves hers, too! Our founder, Jessica, just visited with Nancy and Carlos {the couple who make this gorgeous necklace} last week in Ecuador! It’s made from sustainably harvested tagua seeds. Each seed takes three months to become a bead! So cool.

Oh, and that’s the embira seed bracelet peaking out at the bottom! That’s also made by Jalia and Daniel’s group in Uganda. I love the pretty heather gray color of the seeds mixed with colorful paper beads. It’s one bracelet that looks and feels like six! Picture a big bracelet slinky. πŸ™‚

My friends also really loved Clementine’s laptop case, made by hand in Rwanda. I showcased some of the artisan’s stories in these frames that I got from the clearance bin at Michaels last week! Such a steal. {yummy sweet potato wedges in the background!!}

Pretty bracelets on beautiful wooden trays made by Miguel at his home studio in Guatemala! His daughter, Alicia, is able to go to school now because of the money Miguel makes by making these gorgeous trays.

Now back to the jewelry board.

I threw together this totally simple linen jewelry board to storyline some of my favorite Noonday pieces and create some height in my display. After I made it, I thought how cute this would be in a bedroom {probably in a smaller form — this is a very large board!} and thought y’all might like to know how I did it! Like I said, totally simple and even a craft phobic person like myself can create this. Seriously, if I can do it, anyone can do it!

Here’s what you’ll need:

1 cork board, size of choice. {this is 23 x 35″}

1 staple gun + staples

1 box of clear push pins

1 yard linen…or burlap!

1 small easel {I got this at Michaels for five dollars with a 50% off coupon}

To make the jewelry board, cover your board with linen loosely…

Then flip over and staple using the staple gun. Be sure to pull taut!

Ta-dah! Just prop it up on the easel and you’re done! Stick little clear push pins in and dangle your jewels to your hearts content. I also got some cool knobs from Anthropologie and made Adam drill them in for me after these photos were taken. They look really neat! I’ll have to take some updated shots during my next show!

Hope you guys now go and create all the linen jewelry boards to your hearts content. I’m going to make a smaller one for my personal jewelry in my bedroom — this was really just to showcase Noonday at trunk shows.

Cool, huh? It looks even better with the Anthro knobs on there!

**If you’re interested in Noonday and want to learn more, I always recommend reading this blog post. It sums up our company perfectly. We’re not a charity and don’t believe in handouts — instead, we believe that job creation is the most sustainable approach to alleviating poverty long term. When you buy a pretty Noonday necklace or bracelet, you’re becoming part of that story.

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  • Averie @ Averie Cooks
    April 15, 2013 at 2:35 am

    The board would also be great for photography! Either as a surface, a backdrop, or a giant light bounce. And no doubt, perfect for the party. Congrats on the party looking so lovely!

  • Kay
    April 15, 2013 at 2:48 am

    I think I’d like the jewelry board made from a frame, so it looks a little more formal with the jewelry framed. Same concept, just pull out the glass and cover the board, pop back in. Pretty jewelry!

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat
    April 15, 2013 at 4:30 am

    This is really pretty Jenna! I totally need one as well – I moved recently and it was 2 months before about 10 of my long necklaces were untangled (it was a job I delegated to my mum when she came to visit!!) I love DIY, and Anthro knobs too! πŸ˜‰

  • Pam
    April 15, 2013 at 4:51 am

    LOVE! The idea and the jewelry company’s intent. Question, can I order directly from you? There are a couple of pieces that caught my eye πŸ™‚

    • jenna
      April 15, 2013 at 7:32 am

      You can! If you order through the links I’ve provided, it’s through my shop. Thank you so much’

  • Molly @ RDexposed
    April 15, 2013 at 5:07 am

    Nice food theme!

  • DessertForTwo
    April 15, 2013 at 5:11 am

    So lovely! Thanks for sharing! I’ve been in your online store lots. I’m trying to pick out something for my sister-in-law. Someday I’ll be able to choose-everything is so great!

  • Clizia
    April 15, 2013 at 5:15 am

    Hi Jenna – those sandals look amazing! Does Noonday deliver to the UK?

    • jenna
      April 15, 2013 at 7:31 am

      I’m sorry, no, not yet! Right now only USA and Canada.

  • Miss Kim @ behgopa
    April 15, 2013 at 5:40 am

    Wow so much excitement! I love your photos.

  • Jooles
    April 15, 2013 at 6:02 am

    That’s so great that your promoting wonderful products that are fairly produced – cheers to you!! I’m going to check out this company πŸ™‚

  • joelle (on a pink typewriter)
    April 15, 2013 at 6:02 am

    What a creative idea! I just ordered a necklace stand from Etsy yesterday, and now I’m wishing I’d seen this post first!

  • Tieghan
    April 15, 2013 at 6:05 am

    This board is so cool!! And the party looks like it was a huge success!

  • erin @hooleywithaz
    April 15, 2013 at 6:55 am

    so glad the party went well! such a great concept for a business, i just love it.

  • Denise @ Creative Kitchen
    April 15, 2013 at 6:57 am

    Those sandals are incredible….I really want a pair. Love how the straps are all interchangeable. πŸ˜‰ Congrats on all your success Jenna!!

  • Sarah @ Yogi in Action
    April 15, 2013 at 7:02 am

    Wow- those jewelery pieces are truly beautiful. I love that you’re both selling jewelery and helping people that truly need it.

    I also really like that jewelery board! So simple but a much better way than my current “dig through the drawer until I find the piece I want” system that I have.

  • Suzanne Harmon
    April 15, 2013 at 7:33 am

    I’d love to buy some of that jewellery, I think I’d buy some for my anniversary got to treat yourself once in a while you know!
    Where can I buy some??

    • jenna
      April 15, 2013 at 7:38 am

      You can purchase online directly from the links provided! Thank you πŸ™‚

  • colleen
    April 15, 2013 at 7:58 am

    love the jewelry board idea. need to make one for my bedroom. my collection of necklaces and ears are overflowing my coffee cup rack and are sitting in piles.

  • judith scott
    April 15, 2013 at 8:04 am

    As I was 1 of the lucky ladies at the launch party, I can tell you it was awesome! Lovely items for sales, yummy food and all the great people there added up to un bon fete!
    Thank you, Jenna, I know you are going to be a huge success at this venture, helping many artisans make a better life for themselves and their families…in spite of what some readers posted here to the contrary.

  • Heather Kneisler
    April 15, 2013 at 8:58 am

    Great idea! Your displays turned out great. Love this product too… I think I know where this year’s birthday money will go.

  • Lindsey
    April 15, 2013 at 9:08 am

    Your photos of the jewlery are beautiful! I just ordered a few pieces. Can’t wait ’til they arrive. Thank you!

  • Sarah @ The Chef Next Door
    April 15, 2013 at 9:10 am

    This is awesome and looks so easy! I am desperate for somewhere to hang my necklaces and earrings. Thanks for the idea…I’ll be making one of my own soon!

  • Kari@Loaves n Dishes
    April 15, 2013 at 10:46 am

    Really great display board! I checked out the look book too. Great stuff! It’s like I would find at Anthro, but waaay more affordable.

  • helene @healtyfrenchie
    April 15, 2013 at 10:47 am

    I love the concept behind the business. And I love some of the products as well!
    I recently got a new job and I am finally in a position where I can spend a bit more money on things and help others in the process.
    I love some of the pieces on the website. I can see an order coming soon! They deliver to Canada right? Do you know if I’d have to pay additional taxes at delivery?
    I love that a lot of the pieces don’t look “too handmade or atisanal”.
    I don’t mean it in a bad way, it’s just that I like a certain type of jewellry. And I find that often I can’t find it from fair trade sites.
    So thanks for sharing.

    • jenna
      April 15, 2013 at 11:18 am

      Yes, we deliver to Canada and the shipping is just a flat $6 πŸ™‚

  • Caroline L.
    April 15, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    Such a wonderful company! Love to see that it both does good in the world by creating jobs & also that it has such quality products… Loving all of the pieces you featured – and especially how they come with beautiful stories!

  • Avery @ YoungAspirations
    April 15, 2013 at 1:35 pm

    Just saw a wedding where all the bridesmaid were wearing that Inca Steps necklace! Such a pretty piece!!

  • jenna k
    April 15, 2013 at 3:18 pm

    i love hearing about this company whenever you mention it. i just love the idea of creating jobs for these women/men who desperately need income.
    the sandals caught my eye in one of your instagrams, but now i’m even more in love after seeing them on the website and hearing how comfy they are. i might have to ask for them for my birthday, because i’m in need of some great, basic sandals!

  • Urban Wife
    April 15, 2013 at 3:22 pm

    Woohoo! It looks like your launch party was an absolute success ~ congrats!! And that display board is perfect, but I’m sure the knobs put the finishing touch on it. πŸ™‚ I’ve already bookmarked a few items to purchase soon(!) as an “i-just-pushed-a-baby-out” reward.

  • Corinne
    April 15, 2013 at 5:32 pm

    Congrats on a successful launch party! I can see why the IncaSteps was the number 1 seller! Love!

  • Emily @ Life on Food
    April 15, 2013 at 7:23 pm

    I am totally getting the Ugandan bracelets for my SIL’s birthday.

  • Kim
    April 15, 2013 at 10:12 pm

    Great idea with the board. It showed off the jewelry perfectly. Although the jewelry looks really beautiful anyway.

  • Amy Walters, aDESIGNdock
    April 16, 2013 at 5:22 am

    Aah…this is such a darling display, Jenna. I love linen covered boards.
    So glad your launch party was a success!

  • Colleen
    April 16, 2013 at 6:46 am

    You’ve got to cherish these parties before you all get older and have babies…I am impressed, 16 people…I never have any luck when I host home parties and get 2-3 yeses out of 20-30 people invited – that’s a 10% response rate πŸ™

    April 16, 2013 at 8:13 am

    The jewelry is amazingly beautiful. I really really love it all!

  • Ally
    April 16, 2013 at 11:59 am

    Beautiful jewelry.

  • Moni Meals
    April 16, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    very cool! Thanks for sharing Jenna. I think all of us could use this! πŸ™‚

  • Heather M
    April 16, 2013 at 1:58 pm

    Awesome Jenna!! I just love everything about this…so much so that I contacted Noonday and have a conference call with Jessica tonight to discuss if I could be a good fit as an Ambassador! I was sure to mention that I had learned about Noonday from your blog so thank you for spreading the word!

  • Rachel
    April 16, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    Very cool! I had never heard of Noonday, but I love it! The jewelry is beautiful and the stories are touching. I can see you being great at this!

  • Kim
    April 16, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    Jenna, I haven’t stopped thinking of Noonday since you announced that you were working with them. I love the jewelry, and the blog post is so touching. I hope to become an ambassador next year. Congrats on a great launch party! I’m looking forward to hearing more and maybe I’ll be able to purchase a piece from you in the future!

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  • Kate D.
    April 17, 2013 at 11:06 pm

    I’m so happy that your Noonday Collection launch party turned out great! You deserve it because your merchandise such as jewelry, sandals and other items are all amazing. The good thing about your brand is that you are helping teenagers from Uganda. So if people are buying your products, it’s the same thing as helping students in Uganda achieve their dreams and attain a higher form of education. I do like the Inca steps necklace that you featured in your post. The design and the materials used are unique and it can be worn on casual and formal occasions. Thanks for providing the steps on how to create a jewelry board. This is really helpful for women like me who love to wear accessories. By using the jewelry board, my accessories will become organized and I will no longer have a hard time finding them.