How to Make a Necklace Display Stand in 10 Minutes

This is an inexpensive and fast way to make a cloth covered necklace holder to show off your paper jewelry.

I was inspired after reading a post from the Stella + Hodge blog.  She made really pretty necklace holders with decorative paper. I decided to cover mine with fabric to make it a little sturdier.

Since I used iron-on adhesive, there is no wait time for anything to dry. It’s literally iron, cut out, and use! This tutorial makes a small stand.  Enlarge the template if you want to make a larger stand.

DIY Jewelry Display Stand


  • 2 pieces of fabric – 8-1/2 x 11 inches (Fat quarters used for quilting work well.)
  • 1 piece of cardstock or heavy paper – 8-1/2 x 11 inches
  • Heat’n Bond Ultra Iron-On Adhesive– 2 pieces cut to 8-1/2 x 11 inches (Check the instructions for the iron settings.)
Fabric Jewelry Bust Supplies

Necklace Display Stand Supplies


1. Print and cut out a template.  I’ve included a modified template based on the post on Stella + Hodge.  The dotted lines are fold marks.  The solid lines are where you cut the template out.

Download a DIY Jewelry Display Stand Template

2. Iron 1st sheet of Heat and Bond onto the wrong side of 1st piece of fabric.

Ironing Adhesive onto Fabric

3.  Iron 2nd sheet of Heat and Bond onto the wrong side of the 2nd piece of fabric.

4.  Remove the backing from the adhesive sheets that have been ironed onto the fabric.

5.  Place one sheet of fabric on your ironing board with the adhesive side up. (You’ll want to put a protective piece of scrap paper under here.)  Place the cardstock on top of the fabric and then place the 2nd sheet of fabric adhesive side down on the cardstock paper.

The paper is ironed between the 2 pieces of fabric

6.  Iron a 3 sheets together (the 2 pieces of fabric and the cardstock paper.)  The adhesive will melt and you’ll get 1 sturdy sheet.

7.  Place your template over the fabric and either trace with disappearing ink fabric pen and cut out or hold it securely with your hand and cut out the shape of the template.  I added a couple inches to the bottom of the stand by cutting a couple inches directly below the bottom cut line to make the jewelry stand a little taller.

Cutting out Fabric Displays

Template laying on top of Fabric

8.  Fold the cut-out bust into its final shape using the dotted lines as guides.

Here are 2 finished display stands.  I used hand dyed fabric for the blue display stand.

Using pieces of different colored fabric swatches, you can create all sorts of unique jewelry display stands!

Fabric Necklace Displays

DIY Cloth Covered Necklace Stands


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6 Responses to How to Make a Necklace Display Stand in 10 Minutes

  1. Georgia August 27, 2012 at 5:45 pm #

    I love these, I have made many of them for my jewelry, Thanks so much for sharing, A Great idea and very easy to do.

  2. richa August 31, 2012 at 3:39 am #

    This looks pretty easy and very useful. Thanks for this great guide. iw ill surely try to make it to keep my necklaces safe.

  3. Judith September 3, 2012 at 12:23 pm #

    Have questions about this display, Why do you have 2 fabrics …blue and black? And at the end # 7, when you cut the template, what are you doing for the curve of the shoulders and neck? Is’n the fabric cut that we see?
    Thanks to answer my questions. I am french and try to understand the way to do the display.

    • Dara September 4, 2012 at 4:51 pm #

      Hi Judith, I just happened to have the 2 fabric colors in my cloth stash. There was no particular reason why I choose 2 colors. You can just as easily choose to line it with the same color on the front and back. (I had considered making the stand reversible so you could use either side, which I suppose you could still do!)

      In step 7, I just follow the edge of the template for the cutting curve of the shoulders. For the neck, after cutting everything out, I use the dashed line as a guide to fold the neck back. (It’s not really necessary, but I think it gives it a nicer look.)

  4. Kelly
    November 9, 2012 at 5:45 pm #

    thank you so much for putting this up. I’m doing my first craft show in a few weeks and this will definitely come in handy!

    • Dara November 9, 2012 at 10:06 pm #

      You’re welcome! Good luck with your show!!