Turning Ug into Ug-ade: Personalizing Your Ring Display

SooooOOOOooooo. Here’s the story. While I’m prepping for Renegade Craft Fair, I realize that the berry basket I usually put my strawberry rings in is in L.A. (from Anime Expo). I either need to buy a new berry basket or come up with something different.

The berry basket is cool…cuz…you know…berry rings go in the berry basket … but I notice that they don’t always sit perfectly in there and sort of start to pile up on each other. I like the idea of using a regular ring display with the little slots that the rings go in, but they are usually pretty boring. You can find lots of tutorials via Google search for DIYing your own ring display from scratch, but I don’t have a lot of time to spare. Craft fair is in  3 days and I have a million other things to do.

So, I decide to buy a regular black velvet ring display from Michael’s, some Martha Stewart green glitter paint (I think green will set off the strawberries nicely), and invoke all the awesomeness of your fancy velvet Elvis paintings.

The color I choose is a nice, bright, yellowy springy green called PERIDOT, which, by the way, is my birth stone, and I always thought it was ugly and the worst birthstone ever.

This should have been a clue for what’s to come…



HIDEOSITY!!!!! I don’t know. I mean. It’s not horrible, but it’s just not what I had been envisioning in my head. I thought it would be really beautiful and cute and glamorous, but it’s more like, gross, ugly, tacky, and weird. Like the Hulk disco-barfed on a street gutter.

At this point, I realize, I can’t stop now. I NEED TO PUT MORE STUFF ON IT. Embrace that tackiness, make it weirder, make it uglier. Enter: green elastic ruffle trim I just happen to have because I love ugly things.

You’re probably like, “UH, by the way, it’s still ugly.”

I DON’T CARE. For some reason, the ruffle trim saves the whole project for me. I was going to also add a pearl trim and some bows, but, I decide to stop here, while I’m happy with it, and just let the rings stand out.

I’m really pleased with how it turned out now. I’m a happy camper.

If I were smart, I would have first painted the velvet with a regular green fabric paint and THEN gone over it with the green glitter paint. However, what you’re looking at only took two coats (just one bottle) of glitter paint, so, this paint is pretty good, and now I can go do the other eleventybillion things on my to-do list.

*high-fives Martha Stewart*

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29 Responses to Turning Ug into Ug-ade: Personalizing Your Ring Display

  1. kukubee says:

    Dude! This is amazing. I’ve been super curious about the Martha Stewart Glitter Paint and the surfaces you can use it on. This is freakin’ fantastic. I also think the ribbon trim totally makes it! Your rings look fab displayed this way. I love coming up with new ideas for craft show displays! Pretty satisfying when it all works out, right?! (Especially on a deadline!)

  2. Katie says:

    “Like the Hulk disco-barfed on a street gutter” MWAHAHAHAHAHA! I think its cute 🙂

  3. Martha never fails to please lol! I love the display – even without the lil squggly trim – i think it looks like wizard of oz grass (emerald city and all) but it totally rox now!

  4. Cara says:

    I seriously love this and plan to tacky-up some ring/earring display stands myself! The colour really does suit the strawberries 🙂

  5. Rini Sapphire says:

    You’re really funny, in case you didn’t know 🙂

    After you put the glitter paint on the box, it reminded me of an English Maze Garden (which I think is cool) so when you added the green elastic ruffle, it made it look more grass-like. Seriously, I think you did well 😀 I hope the craft fair goes really well for you, too!

  6. Pumpkin says:

    I love it! I think it looks like glamor grass. It looks like cute crochet strawberries growing outside in the wild. I don’t know if that is what you were going for or not but it looks adorable!

    • TwinkieChan says:

      It’s definitely what I was going for YAY!!!! I’ll be kinda screwed if I ever put different rings in there…but….for now I am pumped!

  7. NICOLE says:

    Thats my birthstone too! I always thought it was it wasn’t pretty either, I got used to it now but, I liked December’s stone

  8. Caz says:

    I totally think its cute and anything with glitter is ok by me 🙂

  9. I LIKE it! And I’m a Peridot baby too. 🙂 We have birthdays coming!

  10. Angela says:

    I don’t know what you’re saying, I think your ring display is super cool and matched perfectly with your beautiful rings! By the way I’m doing the same thing ALL the time. If something isn’t turning out as I thought it would I put even more stuff until I’m satisfied (or not) hahahaha

  11. I love how it looks, it’s like a patch of sparkly grass!

  12. Tiffany Star says:

    AHHHH, That’s so cute! Awesome!

  13. Sarah says:

    I think it looks awesome. Goes perfect with the rings!

  14. ooperhapsoo says:

    I personally looooove it and thinks it’s beautiful!!!

  15. Ionic says:

    it looks like the rings are growing out of the display. A strawberry patch if you will

  16. Danielle says:

    It looks great! The ruffley part was definitely a stroke of genius. It looks so cute with the rings. Looking forward to seeing it (and you!) at RCF! 😀

  17. Nicole says:

    I think it’s cute! I bet IRL the glitter makes it even cuter.

  18. Tamara says:

    Hahaha omg this is actually really amazing and I wish my life had more green glitter in it now!

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