Costume jewelry necklaces can be stored on a rack like the one pictured. This craft is a beginning woodworking project that students in fourth grade can do to meet requirements for working with wood, or making something for your home.
To make this jewelry rack, you will need a piece of one-inch lumber that is at least 3 x 5 inches. A 5 x 7 piece will give you plenty of room to work with. Use sand paper to smooth all of the edges. An adult can finish the edges with a router, or bevel the edges with a power sander before class.
You’ll also need a picture hanger. Metal ones can be purchased at a hardware or craft store. Eye hooks can be screwed into one edge of the board. If this hardware is out of the budget, use a pop top from a can of soda. Wiggle the top until it comes off the can. Drive a brad through the rivet that held it to the can, and use the large hole for the hanger.
You will also need some type of peg for the front of the rack. Large nails were used in the rack pictured on the left. Cup hooks were used on the rack on the right. Golf tees and short pieces of wood dowel rods also make good pegs. All of these pegs will need pilot holes drilled into the wood. Students in fourth grade can use a crank drill to make the holes. If a power tool is the only drill available, an adult will have to make the holes for them.
The easiest way to make sure the holes are evenly spaced on a large number of boards is to make a jig. A jig will allow the leader to measure once. Cut a piece of cardboard the same size as the board. Draw a line one inch up from the edge. Use a ruler to divide the line evenly, according to how many pegs will be added to the board. Use a paper punch or drill to make a hole at each of these marks to make a jig. Hold the jig to a board, and make a mark in each hole with a pencil.
This is a good craft for a work station technique. Set up three work areas. In one area, an adult will help one student drill holes in the wood. In another area, an adult will help the student measure and nail the picture holder to the back. In the third area, the students will sand the board smooth. Have the students start in the sanding area, and when a leader calls them, they can go to that station, and then return to sanding when they are done with that task.
The front of the board can be decorated with a decoupage picture, like the holder on the left, or varnished like the holder on the right. Polyurethane is available in a water soluble formula, which will help with clean-up. Foam brushes that can be thrown away after being used will also help with clean up.
When these steps are completed, the students can add the pegs or hooks to the front of the board.
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