Handmade Upcycled Ring Display

In getting ready for my first show this spring, I realized that I wanted to have a new ring display for my new line of "Elemental" minimalist geometric rings. So I made one! Using all materials that I had on hand, I got to work and came up with this ring display. I am super pleased with how it turned out, so I thought I'd share with you how I made it, in case you feel like making one for your own ring collection or if you are selling your rings at shows too!


  • 1/2" Dowel (I had some in my jewelry studio)
  • Saw (I used my jeweler's saw with a 2/0 blade to cut the dowel)
  • Old thank you card box (or something similar)
  • Fleece (got mine at a yard sale, you could use an old jacket or anything soft)
  • Fabric (an old dress of mine that no longer fit happened to be the perfect color purple!)
  • Scissors
  • Less than one hour of your precious time!


Step by Step Instructions:

First, I marked each dowel just under the width of the box, and used my jeweler's saw to cut the dowel. I cut them slightly shorter than the width of the box so I would have room to tuck the ends of the fabric in. One was already cut a little short and I had a nubbin left over, so I joined them with some purple duct tape and voila, another dowel of the perfect length!

Next, I lined the bottom of the box but just cutting a rectangle of fabric and laying it in.

Then, I wrapped each dowel in fleece and cut it so fleece would wrap around exactly once, without overlapping. You'll notice I was kind of willy-nilly about this. No measuring, just eye-balling it. Very unlike my jewelry making! Sometimes you just need to let loose a little bit, I guess. :)


The next step was to wrap each fleecy-dowel in purple fabric, which will give it the final look. I wrapped the fabric around each dowel a few times, partly to add girth and softness to the dowel, but also to keep it all wrapped up snug and secure since I didn't use glue or anything to fasten the fabric.

As I finished adding the purple fabric to each dowel, I put them in place in the box. The fabric I lined the bottom with is not crucial, but it is nice to have to keep the white box from showing through cracks between the dowels.


And there you have it! I think it looks great and is very user-friendly. Let me know if you have any questions while you're making yours!


Laurie Lynn Berezin
Laurie Lynn Berezin


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