Make a Necklace Display: A Cheap & Easy Way to Create A Great Looking Necklace Bust

by Bea Graansma.

Make a Cheap and Easy Jewelry Bust

I made this necklace display that can be used for showing your work at jewelry shows and parties. It’s also a great prop for photographing your jewelry. This necklace bust is very inexpensive, and takes less than an hour to make:

Figure 1: Front of homemade necklace display,covered with imitation leather.

Figure 1: Front of homemade necklace display,
covered with imitation leather.

    1. Trace the pattern shown in Figure 2 onto a piece of cardboard and cut it out. The pattern here is 25 cm high x 28 cm wide, but feel free to make your necklace bust taller or shorter than shown here.
Figure 2: Pattern for necklace display.The small square drawn near the middle of the pattern represents 1 square centimeter.

Figure 2: Pattern for necklace display.
The small square drawn near the middle of the pattern
represents 1 square centimeter.

  1. Glue fabric to the front of your display. Imitation leather, velour, or satin can make your display look really elegant. If you choose imitation leather, you have to use a very strong glue, otherwise it doesn’t hold at the folds. In Figure 3, you can see the bare cardboard on the back of mine.
    Figure 3: Back of finished necklace display.

    Figure 3: Back of finished necklace display.

  2. Punch a hole in each of the two the bottom corners, as indicated on the pattern.
  3. Run a knitting needle or the back of your scissors over the lines at the top and each side of your necklace display, so they will be easy to fold. (See the lines in Figure 2.)
  4. Carefully fold back the sides and top along these fold lines.
  5. Thread a piece of string or elastic through the two holes and tie the string ends together, as shown in Figure 3, to hold the sides back and make your necklace display stand upright.
  6. Adorn your fabulous new necklace bust with a piece of jewelry!

I’m not sure this display would be sturdy enough for frequent use at shows and fairs; I originally intended it to be used for photographing necklaces. But it’s cheap, and therefore easy to replace when it shows wear and tear.

Have fun with your great new necklace display!


Author Bea Graansma of William’s Giftshop is a fine artist and craftster from the Netherlands. Growing up next to a construction company, Bea was always busy fiddling things together. Every bit of leftover stuff she found came in handy, and working in a creative way is her strongest quality.

Today Bea creates bears made out of used jeans, crocheted flower brooches, decorated boxes, scarfs, shawls, bookmarks, crocheted toys, and more. She has also mastered different styles of art including pen-drawings, portraits, 3D works, etc. Through her website, Bea will lead you into her world: the one of expression through art.

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  • Audrey Flaim says:

    I love this so much! It’s so simple but it looks so pretty and elegant. I couldn’t be happier with how mine turned out. I’m so glad I found this tutorial. =)

  • Angela says:

    In your opinion, do you think this display would be sturdy enough to display a scarf? I’ve been looking for ideas to display the scarves I am making for my site. Thanks!!

  • Justyna says:

    Great idea! I think I need to make this 🙂 would be very helpful while taking photos of my necklaces

  • Heather says:

    Very cool! Love it 🙂

  • Nancy Patel says:

    this display would be sturdy enough
    for frequent use at shows and fairs…. If….instead of tying it ….stick those fold on a cardboard box..and put some weight in it….apply layers of tissue or news paper with glue+water mixture ..alow drying..then glue d fabric…..it will be much more strong

  • careli says:

    hello, thank you for this DIY
    I put him on my blog (only the link)
    have a good day

  • Trudi says:

    I think this is a great idea but it could be reinforced with paper mache before covering with cloth also if you extended it longer straight across then fold that up behind with two side extentions same width as front and staple it would be stronger and stand alone.

  • francy says:

    it’s perfect !
    what kind of cardboard do you use?? because ι do not succeed !!!

  • Diane says:

    How do I make this template??

  • Jennifer says:

    I’m with Diane:
    How do I print out the display template so that it’s accurate to use as such? Thank you!!!

  • Diane and Jennifer, thanks for asking!

    If I were to use this pattern, I would sketch it freehand onto a large piece of paper, following her pattern and the dimensions. She mentioned “the pattern here is 25cm high x 28cm wide [basically 10″ x 11″] – but feel free to make your necklace bust taller or shorter than shown here.”

    Or you could sketch it on graph paper as shown in photo 2 above – just count the squares on the graph paper to draw the lines where Bea drew hers. She’s using graph paper with 1cm (0.4″) squares.

    I think either way would be a quick and simple way to make the paper pattern.

    Then you could cut out your freehand-sketched pattern or graph-paper pattern and then trace around it onto your cardboard.

  • Anna says:

    I used your template and created my own display today. It was very quick and easy so I just wanted to drop a quick line to say thank you 🙂

  • Dee says:

    Thank you Bea! So glad I found this tutorial. I just made it and it works perfectly!

  • Sally says:

    Great idea. For photographing your work, it would be great to use gray fabric. Many photo editing software have a color adjusting feature where you click on an area in gray, then it will adjust your photo to be true colors.

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