Power Tool Challenge – One Board Project

Build a DIY Wood Letter Jewelry Hanger

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It is time once again for the monthly Power Tool Challenge with this month’s theme being a “one board” project… For my project, I chose to build a DIY wood letter jewelry hanger with a 1×4 board. This board isn’t exactly a standard length such as 6′ or 8′ – it is a board I found in the cull bin at The Home Depot that is only 5′ long (I got a super deal on it!).

Build a DIY Wood Letter Jewelry Hanger

This jewelry hanger is for my daughter, Hannah (or normally known as “The Han”), and matches her style perfectly! My oldest is moving out of the house and Han – excuse me, The Han – gets to do what most other younger siblings look forward to doing… She gets to move into her big brother’s old room. Over the next several weeks, we have plenty of awesome projects planned for her new space!

Build a DIY Wood Letter Jewelry Hanger - with Jewelry

As for this project, it is one of the easiest to make and the concept can be adapted to other letters. The trim around the letters has a 1/4″ profile over the base letter with mitered corners. I secured the trim using a fast-drying wood adhesive, such as DAP® Rapid Fuse Wood Adhesive, in lieu of nails or screws.

I started by cutting two pieces of the 1×4 at 12″ and one piece at 3-1/2″ long. I drilled pocket holes in the 3-1/2″ piece, staggering the holes so they wouldn’t interfere with each other. I centered the shorter piece on the longer 12″ pieces and secured them using 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

Build a DIY Wood Letter Jewelry Hanger - Pieces for Letter

I ripped the remaining piece of the board on the table saw into 1″ strips. (Always use common-sense safety practices when using power tools. Be aware and not distracted when cutting boards close to the blade.) I thoroughly sanded all of the pieces prior to cutting.

I cut a 45° miter in one end of the 1″ pieces and started measuring for the trim. I cut the pieces for the outside first, then worked my way around securing the trim pieces with wood adhesive.

Build a DIY Wood Letter Jewelry Hanger - Mitered Trim

For the finish, I applied a coat of stain in Kona, followed by a coat of stain in Sunbleached, then finished with two coats of Triple Thick Polyurethane, all by Varathane.

Build a DIY Wood Letter Jewelry Hanger - Stain

I added a pair of antique brass cup hooks to one “leg” of the letter for hanging necklaces, and another pair of cup hooks with a pair of jewelry box pulls on the other “leg”. I also added two keyhole hangers with screws to the back for hanging.

Build a DIY Wood Letter Jewelry Hanger - Hangers on Back

Build a DIY Wood Letter Jewelry Hanger - Hooks and Loops

Take a look at the other awesome one board projects from my fellow blogging friends:

One board projects by the Power Tool Challenge Team

An easy to make wood letter doubling as a jewelry hanger using hooks and jewelry box pulls. Super-easy to make!

Amazing, as always! Have any questions about how to build a DIY wood letter jewelry hanger? Leave a comment below!

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  • Wendi Wachtel

    What fun to make a personalized jewelry holder! I have no doubt “The Han” is excited to use it in her new digs:) As always super tutorial and creative project! XO – Wendi@H2OBungalow

    • CherTexter

      Thanks so much, Wendi! She loves it and can’t wait to use it!

  • My Repurposed Life


    Yay! what a fun and very useful project! This would work for me, because that’s about all the jewelry I own. 😉


    • CherTexter

      Thank you so much, Gail! The Han loves it and can’t wait to put it up… I may have to make the rest of the letters of her name because she has tons of jewelry!

  • DeDe Bailey

    This is such a cute project. It would make a perfect gift!

    • CherTexter

      Thanks so much, DeDe! It would be fun to create all of the letters of the alphabet, right?

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  • Domestically Speaking

    Love this – perfect for Christmas!

    • CherTexter

      Yes, it would! That is a great idea!

  • Paula@SweetPea

    This is such a cute project for a young lady. You know that when your daughter’s friends see this that they are going to beg you to make one for them. And I don’t blame them!

    • CherTexter

      Thank you so much, Paula!

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  • I need one of this! I really need to try that Dap adhesive!

    • CherTexter

      The adhesive is really awesome and I love using it! Thank you for stopping by!

  • I love this idea and I want one for my office to hang pretty things! Something tells me that your daughter’s friends will be asking you to build one for their bedrooms.

    • CherTexter

      Thank you so much, Marie! She really loves it!

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