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Gorgeous DIY Necklace Holder from Wood Scraps

This easy to make necklace holder is perfect for displaying all your favorite necklaces and bracelets.

I designed this fun DIY necklace holder for my daughter’s closet makeover. We needed a way to organize all her cute little girly things. But I wanted it to work as she grows.

When I finished her neckless stand, I immediately thought… I want one!

Pink and wood stained necklace holder with kids necklaces, sunglasses, and headbands on it.

So of course I set to it!

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But for my necklace holder, I decided to elevate it a bit more. And instead of using wood dowels, I used brass rods.

Wow! As much as I loved the cute jewelry stand for my daughter, I am obsessed with the beautiful brass option even more!

Brass and maple necklace stand on a dresser next to a plant.

Using up Wood Scraps

This necklace holder is quick and easy to make. And it really uses just a few small scraps of wood.

For my daughter’s DIY necklace stand, the pieces were cut from scraps left over from my wood light project. The circle base is actually the center of one of the circles cut for the light.

Two DIY jewelry holders in a closet displaying kids jewelry.

For my brass version, I wanted to use walnut. But I didn’t have a scrap ready for use.

So I dug through my scrap bin and found some beautiful pieces of maple to use instead. I love that this project uses up those smaller scraps. The ones I am too sad to toss, but are too small for most projects!

DIY necklace holder made with maple wood and brass rods on nightstand.

For the smaller version, the base is only 3 3/4″ diameter.

But for the brass one I made it bigger since the brass rods are much longer. It’s base is a 5″ circle.

Bedroom nightstand with brass and wood necklace holder and potted plant on it.

How to Make a DIY Necklace Holder

Tools needed:

  • CNC machine or scroll saw
    • I used my X-carve to cut out the circle and top piece. But you can easily cut them with a scroll saw and make the holes with a drill.
  • Router with round-over bit
  • Saw
    • You will need a saw to cut wood dowels. You can easily do this with a hand saw or use a miter saw.
  • Drill
  • Sander


  • Build plans
    • I am sharing the PDF woodworking plans & SVG template in my subscriber library until 02/13/2020, then it will move to the shop. Click here to subscribe to my newsletter and gain access to all the freebies. If you already have your password, click here to go to the library.
  • Scraps of wood
  • Dowels or brass rods
  • Glue
    • If using dowels, use wood glue. If using brass rods, use super glue gel.
  • Stain/paint/sealer

Cut the Wood

Cut the circle base between 3 1/2″ to 5″.

If you want longer dowels or rods on the top, go for a larger circle for the base.

Cutting circle for the base of the jewelry stand on a CNC machine.

Cut the top piece.

The template for the shape is in the PDF plans or you can use the SVG template if cutting with a CNC machine.

Cutting the top piece of the necklace stand with the x-carve.

Router the edges of the back part of the top piece with a round-over bit to give it a softer look.

Routing each side of the back of the top piece on a Kreg router table.

And use the round-over bit to curve the top of the circle base.

Adding a round over to the top of the base circle with a router.

If using a scroll saw, mark the holes on the template and drill them into the pieces. You want to use a drill bit the same diameter as the dowel so you have a tight fit.

I struggled with the fit of my brass rods and ended up going up 1/16 of an inch on the hole. But they were too loose so I had to use more super glue to secure them. So have a light touch with the drill bits.

On the underside of the flat part of the top, measure the center about 1″ back from the edge. Drill a hole to match the larger dowel/rod. Do not go all the way through.

Drilling a hole on the underside of the top piece on the necklace holder.

Cut dowels (if necessary) according to build plans.

Assemble the Necklace Stand

Sand and stain/paint the pieces before assembling if you want them to be contrasting. For the brass rods, you definitely want to finish the wood pieces before assembling.

If using a belt sander to sand your small pieces (like me), make sure to use leather or thick gloves to protect the tips of your fingers.

I did not at first… and now I am missing the skin on two fingers. Please learn from my mistakes!

Sanding the pieces on a belt sander.

Start assembling the base of the jewelry stand by placing glue in the hole on the bottom circle. Then press the dowel/rod into the hole.

Next glue the top piece to the top of the dowel. Add glue into the hole on the top piece and press them together.

Slide the dowels/rods into the holes on the top of the necklace holder and center them.

Measuring the brass rods with a ruler to make sure they are centered on the DIY necklace stand.

For the dowel necklace holder, I didn’t have to glue the dowels in. They were snug enough without it and took some muscles to get them centered.

For the brass rods, I had more room so I glued the rods into the holes. This eliminated any wiggling and made them straight in the holes.

Once the rods are centered, slide them out a little bit and add the glue to the center. Then slide the rod back in and quickly re-center. Remember super glue dries fast!

Adding glue to the rods on the top.

Now you are all done and ready to load up your new DIY necklace stand!

Close up view of the center piece of the DIY necklace holder with brass rods.

And whether you made the brass or dowel necklace holder, you are going to love this fun DIY!

Pink stained dowels and oak DIY necklace stand.
-Kati with picture of blog author Kati

Brass and wood DIY necklace holder with necklaces and bracelets hanging on it.

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