PVC Pipe Jewelry Stand Tutorial

PVC Pipe Jewelry Stands, Tutorial by Simply Renee Louise. Make all 3 for under $20. Great for displaying jewelry at art shows or at home!

I wanted to make new displays for my steampunk jewelry. I was looking at making pipe stands but man! that can get expensive. So I thought of PVC Pipe, lightweight and cheap, with a can or spray paint I could get the look I wanted without the price. In total this cost me just under $20 for all three stands.

Step 1: Gather the Materials

Required Materials
Step 1: Required Materials

Materials:

  • (1) 10′ 1/2″ PVC Pipe cut into:
    • (1) 18″
    • (2) 17″
    • (10) 6″
    • (1) 4″
    • (2) 2″
  • (10) 1/2″ PVC end caps
  • (1) 1/2″ PVC cross tee
  • (5) 1/2″ PVC tee
  • 3 Wooden Plaques
  • Copper Spray Paint
  • PVC Cement (Optional)
  • PVC Purple Primer (Optional)

Tools:

  • 13/16″ Spade Bit
  • Electric Drill
  • Hammer

Step 2: Stain the wood plaques

Stain the wood plaques
Stain the wood plaques

Use a wood finish to stain the wooden plaques, wipe on with a foam brush, wait a couple minutes and wipe off with a rag, let dry. Here I used Minwax No. 2750 Jacobean, because that’s what my dad had extra of. Instead of stain you can paint the plaques, or leave them plain if you like the look. On the topic of plaques, I bought these at Michaels for a buck each. I went with two different sizes but that was a mistake, you should buy three of the larger size (7″ x 9″), the smaller plaques are not as stable due to the height of these stands.

Step 3: Drill hole in plaque

Step 3
Step 3: Use 13/16″ Spade bit to drill hole in center of plaque

Use the 13/16″ spade bit to drill a hole in the center of the plaque. This is the perfect size for the 1/2″ PVC pipe, and allows a nice snug fit that won’t require glue to hold.

Step 4
Stained and drilled plaques

Step 4: Apply Purple Primer to connections (Optional)

Step 5
Step 4: Apply Purple Primer to inside of connections to remove gloss finish (Optional)

Before you apply the primer, you can sand if you choose, I sanded the pipe lightly with 120 grit sand paper to remove the gloss finish to allow the spray paint to stick. This can be skipped if you plan on using a plastic spray paint.

Here is where the options split, the faster option is to simply hammer the caps on the 6″ pieces and hammer the pipe into the connections, since you haven’t removed the gloss this will be a tight fit and will probably last just fine.

If you want a longer lasting piece, you can follow these next steps. Apply purple primer to the inside of the connections to remove the gloss finish, this will allow the PVC cement to form a stronger connection. As you can see in the above image I left a tee without the gloss, this is because I want to be able to twist the tee’s depending on what I’m showing, I’ll point out more on this later. Basically leave 1 side (the bottom side of the T) of 1 tee free of primer, and 2 sides of 2 tees free ( the top part of the T).

Step 6

These are your set ups, you will have 1 of the top and 2 of the bottom. The top has (4) 6″ pipes with caps, separated by a 4″ pipe, this stand has the 18″ pipe as the base. The bottom has (3) 6″ pipes with caps, separated by the 2″ pipe, with the 17″ pipe as the base.

Step 5: Glue PVC together (Optional)

Use PVC Cement to glue the caps and connections together, do not glue the spots I spoke about earlier, this way those spots will spin. DO NOT GLUE INTO YOUR BASE. I just stuck them in to show you, if you glue them in now you will have to cover them up or face getting copper spray paint on them.

Step 7

 

Step 6: Spray Paint

Step 8

Here I used the spade bit and a piece of scrap wood to stick the stands in, then I went to town and spray painted them. I did three coats, waiting no more then an hour between coats. Let dry for 72 hours and press into base.

Step 7: Enjoy!

Step Done

Here they are all done! They are tall which is why the 7″x 9″ plaques should be used for all three for better stability. However the height allows the jewelry to be brought to eye level when set on a table.

Overall I am really happy with how they turned out, and they work so well with my steampunk jewelry. Let me know what you think and if you make some of your own!

For all you pinners out there, check out the combo pin below for your convenience.

PVC Pipe Jewelry Stand Tutorial-Simply Renee Louise
PVC Pipe Jewelry Stand Tutorial-Simply Renee Louise

11 thoughts on “PVC Pipe Jewelry Stand Tutorial

  1. Love this! Question- how does the paint hold up? In thinking of using this to display ornaments but would the hooks scratch the paint?

    1. I’ve been using mine since I wrote the post and the most damage mine get is during transport because I don’t always do a great job packing them. I think the paint holds up well and should be ok with your ornaments. If you’re worried you can by clear coat spray paint and spray them with that after the copper spray paint for a bit extra protection.

    1. Very nice and informative but I would also add something to those stands like a place for rings and also a place for brooches you have to look at the whole picture when it comes to jewelry it’s not just necklaces and just bracelets it’s the whole enchilada

  2. Can’t figure how a 3/16″ spade bit can work with a 1/2″ (8/16″) pipe. The actual external diameter of 1/2″ is .84 inches or 21/32. NIce tutorial but could you please clarify spade bit size. I believe that you may be referencing the shank size for the bit??? Thanks!

    1. Good catch Jim! It was actually a 13/16″ spade bit. I must have jotted it down in my notes wrong and carried it through my post. I fixed the mistake so hopefully no one else will get confused! Thanks for pointing that out! It creates a .82″ hole, slightly smaller then the diameter of the pipe to allow for a snug fit.

  3. Smart idea! A nice looking display has been holding me back from entering my work for sale where I live! 1x monthly they have an inside flea market kinda sale, now I could do it after I put this together! Thank you HUGE?

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