How to Make a Jewelry Display Bust

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Things You'll Need

  • 12-by-12-inch sturdy cardboard
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Tacky glue or hot glue gun
  • 12-by-12-inch fabric, leather or velvet
  • Hole punch
  • String

Jewelry busts are display structures meant for showing off jewelry, usually necklaces. They are crafted to resemble the neck and upper chest area of a woman so that each necklace lays flat and neatly as if it were around a real neck. Busts are an ideal way to display jewelry, whether in the home or at craft and trade shows. Those who intend to make their own jewelry bust will be pleased to know this project is fairly simple and affordable for any budget. Keep in mind that this project requires basic drawing skills and the ability to precisely measure.

Lay the piece of 12-by-12-inch cardboard flat on the floor. Use your ruler to measure the top of the cardboard from left to right. Place a small pencil mark at 4 inches and 8 inches.

Measure the left side of the cardboard piece starting from the top and place pencil marks along the edge at 3 inches and 4.5 inches. Repeat this step on the right side of the piece.

Measure the bottom of the cardboard piece from left to right and place marks on the edge at 3 inches and 9 inches.

Draw a curved line from the upper-left pencil point at 4 inches to the 3-inch point on the left of the page. The line should be somewhat L-shaped and obtuse to resemble the line formed by a human neck and shoulder.

Draw another line the exact same as the one from step 4, only do it from the top 8-inch mark to the right 3-inch mark.

Cut along the L-shaped lines you created on both sides of the page. You should now see the basic shape of a neck and two shoulders, which is customary bust anatomy.

Draw a line from the 4.5-inch mark on the left side of the page to meet the 3-inch point on the bottom left of the page. Do not draw a straight line from point to point; rather, arch the line inward to form a curved line. Repeat this process on the right side of the cardboard.

Trim off the two sharp corners at the top of the “neck” of the bust. The top of the neck should now appear rounded. Fold the rounded part backward so it is sticking out horizontally behind the bust.

Fold back the lower-left and lower-right sides of the cardboard in the exact place where you drew the two curved lines. At this point the bust is now able to stand on its own.

Cover the bust with a light layer of tacky glue or a hot glue gun. Gently press your fabric of choice over the cardboard bust outline, taking care to smooth out glue bubbles or wrinkles. Allow to set for the glue's required drying time.

Punch two holes at the bottom of the back flaps on which the bust is supporting itself. Make the holes are about 1 inch from the edge on both sides.

Thread a string through the holes and tie it firmly in the back so that both flaps are barely touching each other. This secures the bust so it won't fall over.

Set the bust upright and start hanging up your favorite jewelry pieces.