Saturday, February 25, 2012

DIY Jewelry Organizer


Have you ever been so inspired to start and complete a project that you hastily threw it together even though once you started you realized there were some materials you were lacking that would make the project much easier to complete?...I have. The unfortunate result of my initial enthusiasm for this project was an earring holder consisting of a white frame with big, black, tacks protruding (I wasn't able to hammer them all the way in!), and a loose, rumply screen. Needless to say, the photos in this post are from my second attempt at this project, which was much more successful than the first, thanks to one of my new favorite tools...a staple gun!

Last week I had a couple of days off work and decided to spend some time improving the organization and decor of our bedroom. For the past few years I've used a jewelry armoire to store my jewelry. While it worked okay, I've found that storage solutions that allow me to see everything I have tend to work better for me. With the armoire, most pieces were in the little drawers and rather than looking through them in the morning I tended to just wear a few versatile pieces over and over again...I also wasn't so good and putting pieces away and would frequently end up with a pile of jewelry on our dresser.

I've seen a lot of jewelry organization wall hanging pieces on the internet lately, so this isn't an original idea by any means. This is my solution that has been inspired by a lot of the great ideas I've come across while browsing blogs, Pinterest, Etsy, etc. So far, I love this organization system and I haven't had any trouble maintaining it!

Here's what you'll need to make your own jewelry organizer:


  • Picture frame with glass removed (mine is 16" x 20")
  • Screen (I used aluminum screen)
  • Shelf with hooks (I found mine on clearance at Target for approx. $13)
  • Staple gun and staples
  • Drill
  • Scissors
  • Screwdriver
  • Knobs and flat head screws, make sure your screws are the appropriate length so that they will fit snugly
  • Duct tape (not pictured) 

Step 1: If your picture frame has metal tabs on the back for holding the glass in place, use your screwdriver to bend them into the fold of the frame so that they don't protrude.


Step 2: Cut a piece of screen roughly the size of the outer edge of your frame. Be careful, the edges of the screen may be sharp.


Step 3: Press the screen into the fold of the frame, folding the edge so that it fits in the inner groove of the frame. Use your staple gun to secure it in place. Be generous with the number of staples you use, you want to make sure it is secure. Staple all the way around the inner edge of the frame, making sure the screen is pulled taut as you go.


Step 4: Trim the excess screen from around the edges and fold the remaining edge of the screen down flat toward the back of the frame.


Step 5: Use thin pieces of duct tape to both cover the sharp edges of the screen and to secure the screen to the back of the frame.


Step 6: Attach hanging hardware to back of the frame. Your earring screen is now complete!


Time to work on the shelf! I decided that 4 hooks wouldn't be enough to accommodate all of my necklaces and I serendipitously happened to have just replaced the knobs on our dresser leaving me with some spares that were a perfect match for the shelf I found on clearance at Target...don't you just love it when things like that happen!

Step 7: Decide where you want your knobs added to your shelf, measure out the spacing and make marks where you plan to attach them.


Step 8: Drill through the shelf where you made your markings. Make sure to use a drill bit that is slightly smaller than the screws you plan to use. 
 

Step 9: To make it easier to sink your flat head screws flush with the back of the shelf, use a drill bit the size of the screw head to make a shallow indentation on the back of the shelf in each of the drill holes. (Thank you to the friendly sales associate at the hardware store for this helpful tip!)


Step 10: Screw your screws into the drill holes from the back side of the shelf until the screw heads are flush with the back of the shelf and the screws are protruding out the front.


Step 11: Twist the knobs in place onto the protruding screws.


Step 12: Hang your earring screen and necklace shelf on the wall and admire your handiwork!


31 comments:

  1. What a great idea! I love organization tools, worked into decor, like this!
    My! You have such pretty earrings... :)

    Judith, B.C., Canada

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  2. Love it - what a fabulous idea!

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  3. ElvisishotforadeadguyFebruary 27, 2012 at 7:21 AM

    Really cute!

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  4. Nancy M., Wheaton, ILFebruary 27, 2012 at 9:30 AM

    Rebekah, that is adorable!  That is a great idea.  I may just have to try that sometime.
    Hope you're doing well!  Miss you!

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  5. Love it!!

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  6. Thank you Judith!

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  7. So glad you like it!

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  8. Thanks, Nancy! Miss you too!!!

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  9. Thanks so much!

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  10. I like this a lot - going to try this!

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  11. Definitly trying this! Thanks so much for the idea!

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  12. Love this, very creative! Thank you for sharing.

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  13. I have been looking FOREVER to find a good jewelry organizer and you have the best! Thanks SOOOO much! =]

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  14. This is so cute! I don't have nearly enough jewelry to fill something like this out, but I have a shelf with hooks just like that sitting around.  I think I'll have to try this with a little picture frame. :)

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  15.  Thank you Melaina, you are so sweet!

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  16.  Thanks, Tricia! If you decide to make one and need some screen, let me know...I have a bunch extra left over. :)

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  17. Beautiful! For a second, I thought you had used Aida cloth. I wonder if it would work too?

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  18. Thanks Danielle! Aida cloth might work too, since it has lots of little holes in it. :)

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  19. i made similar organizers for christmas gifts last year.  I put the knobs on the bottom edge of the frame, but i like this idea for a shelf for other items. If the knobs and frames are painted or are colors to go with your decor, it makes it a nice art piece. Nice job.

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  20. Hi, like your organizer. Just wondering what brand of screen you used. Thank you.

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  21. I like this but I need some way of organising for stud earrings, I think they would fall off this. 

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  22. Hi Cb...I don't remember what brand of screen I used, but it was aluminum screen that I purchased for around $7 -$9 at Home Depot. Hope that helps!

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  23. Hi! You're right, the screen part isn't ideal for stud earrings. Instead, I keep my stud earrings in the little dishes and jewelry box that are on the shelf below the screen. :)

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  24. Hi! Thanks so much for your note! I've seen organizers like the one you're describing and I like the way that those ones look too. I've seen some with a variety of decorative knobs used and they look really neat and have sort of a vintage vibe. I like this type of project because you can really personalize it by changing up a few of the elements. :)

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  25. this is fabulous, cant wait to make it this weekend, thanks for the brilliant idea, and hello from Western Australia ! 

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  26. Lovely Idea, I will try. Thanks for the great idea from Bogota, Colombia.

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  27. How big are the screws?

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  28. Thanks for sharing. Tried this for my daughter with a lilac painted frame. Very happy with it. Great to help keep her organised!

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  29. Made this...slightly modified....I used to smaller frames (found them discounted at Michael's and they were perfect)...and instead of the wire mesh I screwed four eye hooks on each side and strung up a wire (I have earrings that wouldn't have worked with the mesh). Thanks so much this idea was the perfect solution for my apartment needs!

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